Microwave Masala Kaju (Cashews)

Masala Kaju
Which is your most favorite snack? Chips, Nachos, Roasted Nuts or Fresh Fruits. We like to snack on nuts.. sometimes roasted, sometimes deep fried Masala Peanuts. Nowadays, I find microwave cooking as a good alternative to deep frying. You might have read about Microwave Potato Chips - less oily, yet crunchy. Spicy crunchy Cashews cooked in a microwave is also something we love to binge on.

Raw Cashews/Kaju - 2 cups
Chickpea Flour/Gram Flour/Besan - 4 tbsp
Corn Starch - 1 tsp
Coriander/Dhania Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin/Jeera Powder - 1 tsp
Chat Masala - 1 tsp
Cayenne Pepper/Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cooking Spray or Oil

How to cook Masala Kaju in a microwave:
  • In a mixing bowl or a big plate, add cashews, chickpea flour, coriander powder, cumin powder, chat masala, cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients. Add about 2 tbsp water and mix with your hands to coat the cashews well. Cashews will appear slightly moist. Lastly, add corn starch and mix again. Now the cashews will look slightly powdery.
  • Grease a microwave safe plate with cooking spray or oil. Spread the cashews on the plate evenly. Spray some more oil. Microwave for about 5 minutes. Make sure you stop the microwave after every one minute and toss the cashews. Let the cashews cool completely. If they are not crunchy enough, microwave for another minute or so.
  • Any other nuts like Almonds/Badam, Peanuts/Shenga can be relished this savory style.
Enjoy less oily, crunchy Masala Cashews anytime you like.


  1. Feel like having some,cant wait to give a try.

  2. I like your idea of using microwave to make this delicious treat.

  3. Nice tasty snack. And in quick time too using the microwave.


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