Mar 11, 2018

Garam Masala Spiced Almonds

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Garam Masala Spiced Almonds are the perfect healthy snack with a kick. The bold flavors of traditional Indian spices make these nuts addictively delicious!


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Typically when you pay a casual visit to a household in India or Nepal you are served a warm drink, something salty, and something sweet. The drink is usually sweet, milky chai (tea) or sweetened "milk coffee." The salty item can be anything from readymade chaat mixes to potato chips. The sweets are usually biscuits or cake. (I've even been served some unique combinations such as cake and potato chips.) Garam Masala Spiced Almonds are something I started making to serve guests before we could buy readymade chaat mixes (like Haldirams) in packets here in Nepal. It seemed a natural choice as almonds are a favorite treat in my husband's native Kashmir. I'm not sure where I originally found this recipe but I suspect it may have been from the legendary Canadian Chef Vikram Vij.

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Parsi-Style Garam Masala
Over the years I've added and altered the recipe to our tastes. Instead of cayenne, I use Kashmiri mirch for a richer chili kick. Lime juice adds a tart zing in place of the sweeter amchur/mango powder sometimes. Adding asafoetida/hing or garlic powder was entirely my idea to add an umami boost to the mix. You may certainly vary the flavor by using different regional versions of garam masala blends. You'll find recipes for Garam MasalaParsi Garam Masala, Kashmiri Garam Masala, Nepali Garam Masala, and Mughlai Garam Masala on this blog. The oil you choose to make this recipe with can change the flavor a great deal too. Using coconut or sesame oil adds a rich, traditional note while flavorless oils like canola and sunflower oils add none. You can even use raw cashews in this recipe too but be sure to roast them separately from almonds as they cook faster. I hope you'll love this recipe as much as my family does! Off to the recipe:

Ingredients:
1 TBS garam masala
1 tsp Kashmiri mirch or cayenne powder
1 tsp mango powder/amchur or 2 tsp lime/lemon juice
1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing or garlic powder (optional)
 2 TBS vegetable oil of choice oil
 3 C raw almonds or cashews
2-3 tsp salt to taste 

Here's what to do:
1) Preheat oven to 350F. Place rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

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2) In a large bowl, combine spices, and oil. Add almonds or cashews and stir until well coated. Pour coated nuts onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly over the pan.

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3) Bake for 6-8 minutes. Stir with a spatula or spoon, return to oven and bake an additional 6 minutes. Be careful not to burn or scorch the nuts- if the almonds start to turn dark brown around the edges they are burnt. Remember that the almonds will continue cooking for a few minutes after you remove them from the oven.
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4) Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1 hour before serving. Store in an air-tight container for up to one month in a cool, dry place.


Helpful Hints: 
If after roasting the nuts are not salted enough for your taste simply sprinkle additional salt and stir them with a spatula or shake them in a jar.

If you are making this recipe with raw cashews be sure to shorten the cooking times by 4-5 minutes.

13 comments:

  1. Why wouldn't we love this one???? Roasted almonds are seriously addictive and surely making it at home is far healthier and easier on the pocket as well... Just noticed you have a variety of garam masala recipes on the blog... will check them out... :)

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  2. I'm addicted to Haldini's spicy nuts from Gujarat, we eat them in Goa but occasionally our corner shop has them - they soon get eaten.
    I love your recipe - I might have to try it! xxx

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    1. Hi Vix,
      Love those spicy nut snax from Gujurat! Try it you'll like it!
      xox

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  3. i have to try this - we love almonds and some spicy ones, without the questionable stuff that the supermarket brands have, will be very welcome!
    thank you - bibi!
    xxxx

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    1. Hi beate,
      Thank you! They are sooo easy to make - you'll never buy the supermarket ones again.
      xox

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  4. Fantastic tasty receipe. I can well imagine the kick of garam masala on the tongue and the crunchiness of the almonds. Good snacks for tea. I wonder how long they last.

    Apple

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    1. Hi Apple,
      These last about a month in an airtight container & they are FAB with afternoon tea!

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  5. As almonds are back on the menu at our, this sounds like something that would be very popular with Danny and Mr. ETB.

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    1. Hi Goody,
      Well, that's good to hear! I'm thinking of trying these with chaat masala next.

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  6. Shall try these! I'm a fan of roasted almonds spiced with wasabi.

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    1. Hi Beth,
      Do try them! They are so easy to make & yummy.

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