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Karam Jeedipappu (Masala Cashews)

Jeedipappu (Cashews, Kaju)
Cashews ~ Imported from India

I feel like I am also an expert in cooking. But I rarely get a chance to make something and post on this website. I have few favorites, and karam jeedipappu (can also be called masala cashews) is one of them. The process seems simple, but one has to do it a few times to get perfection.

Needed ingredients:
1. 1 lb cashews
2. 1/2 cup ghee
3. 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
6. 1 pinch powdered pepper

Needed utensils:
1 thick bottom skillet
1 vessel to mix masala
1 wide plate to spread cashews and sprinkle masala

Take cashews in a clean, wide plate.
Remove any small pieces or broken bits of cashews.
Heat the ghee in a wide, thick bottom skillet to medium-high heat.
Take half of the cashews and roast by continuously stirring to pale red.
Remove the cashews immediately from the skillet into a wide vessel.
Sprinkle a quarter of the masala powder on the hot cashews and shake the vessel well to spread the masala evenly on all the cashews.
Next, spread the cashews into a wide plate and sprinkle another quarter of the masala evenly on the cashews.
Repeat the process for the other half of the cashews.
Let the masala cashews cool for about an hour. Enjoy!

Frying of cashews in ghee must be done in two batches, as the ghee would not be sufficient to roast all cashews. Care must be taken not to burn/black the cashews.
The reason why I have added masala in two stages:
When masala powder is sprinkled and tossed in the vessel first time, masala powder and all excess ghee sticks to the surface of the vessel. When cashews are spread in a wide plate and masala is sprinkled on them, masala gets coated well to the cashews.

Masala Jeedipappu (Masala Cashews)
Masala Cashew ~ A Portrait

~ By Vijay Singari

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Amma & Authentic Andhra,Cashews,Vijay Singari (Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm- permalink)
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  1. HeHeHe.. that’s a great portrait of masala cashew!

    Comment by Mythli — June 25, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  2. Now that’s one delicious portrait!! 🙂

    Comment by Kalai — June 25, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

  3. hmm..masala cashews look delicious..the first pic is so nice..!!

    Comment by Divya — June 25, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  4. Well, VijayGaru, you have been learning from Indira, the great and that is bound to make you feel like you are an expert in cooking 🙂

    Nice post and amazing pics. How did you get the background of the second pic so nice and dark?

    Hello Anjali garu,
    I used a black background and a macro lens. Metered exposure carefully to get just the needed details.
    Thanks for your comments.

    Comment by Anjali Damerla — June 25, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

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    Comment by Veda — June 25, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

  6. Vijaygaru , I could smell the frying of jeedipappu here in my home. reminded me of the good ol days where we would buy kilos of karam jeedipappu from Pullareddy sweets , hyderabad.

    Comment by Dee — June 25, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  7. Vijay – Cashews look lovely, this is something my husband likes to make as well will pass on the receipe to him.

    Comment by Ranjan — June 26, 2008 @ 5:58 am

  8. Lovely Portrait of masala cashews.. simply marvellous!!

    Comment by nirmala — June 26, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  9. Good job Chef Vijay. You know what they say..when a woman cooks, its just cooking but when a man does it ; its Haute Cuisine.

    Right Indira:) LOL

    Comment by Janani — June 26, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  10. Have you ever heard of Vetapalem Jeedi pappu? which comes with the shell , they roast the cashews with the shelll…

    Comment by kalva — June 26, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  11. Nice picture of cashews. Masala cashews look so tempting.

    Comment by Priti — June 26, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  12. Oh my! That portrait makes me drool! Makes me want to rush to the nearest store and get cashews and make them (and finish it off, right away, ofcourse!)

    It’s not fair, to a woman who’s just psyched herself to exercise and lose those extra pounds. 🙁

    Comment by Kay — June 27, 2008 @ 7:40 am

  13. Now thats tantalizing to the taste buds!! Great pictures and the post.

    Comment by Sands — June 27, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  14. If you pound the masala powders – the salt, mirchi and pepper and make it a finer powder then it will stick to the cashews better

    Comment by Parul — June 27, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  15. Vijay, you seem to be the ‘snack guru’ of your house. I can still recollect the plantain chips post that you did last year 🙂

    Comment by Priya — June 27, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

  16. I agree with priya…..the plaintain chips looked so good!!!!!!

    Comment by Veda — June 27, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

  17. Hi Indira, I have been reading your food blog since a veree long time, however have never left a comment before.
    I lived in Bombay and moved to Sydney 2 years back. I find Sydney so different from Bombay however what I miss most is the food from good old Bombay now Mumbai.
    Also not having to cook prior to marriage I had to learn fast once I got here 🙂 So I went through a lot of food blogs and yours became my favorite!
    I now have a 9 month old and need to cook for him and so have gone through scores of kids cookbooks namely Annabel Karmel. However those foods are mostly continental or to put it simply different from Indian way of cooking.

    Wanted your help. Have you come across any Indian kiddie books that may help me cook yummy and nourishing meals for my lil one?

    Appreciate your help.

    rgds, Sujata

    Comment by Sujata — June 27, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

  18. I am in love with the last pic Indira!! lovely portrait of our fav – Ms.Cashew ji..;)


    Comment by Siri — June 27, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  19. Lovely pics. Yummy cashews. I love spiced cashews.

    Comment by Nithu — June 30, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

  20. Belated congratulations on your graduation, Vijay — no wonder you’ve been too busy to cook! Masala cashews look fantastic 🙂

    Wishing you all good things,

    Comment by Linda — June 30, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

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  22. Hi Indira
    I am regular reader of your site.
    great work.. really appriciable. Even a single cashew tempts us.

    Comment by padmaja — October 15, 2008 @ 7:11 am

  23. I love love love cashews!This sounds so tasty!

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