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Vij’s Spiced, Roasted Almonds or Cashews

July 23, 2011

Vij’s Spiced, Roasted Almonds make a great snack or appetizer with drinks. The spice blend makes them irresistible. The recipe is another winner from Vikram Vij’s and Meeru Dhalwala’s Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine.

The recipe suggests using almonds or cashews; I chose to use almonds. You can substitute ground cumin for the garam masala. It will still be good, but it will have a different flavor.

I don’t know of a substitute for the mango powder (amchur). Mango powder is used to give a bit of a sour, fruity flavor without giving moisture to Indian dishes. It can be found at Indian groceries. I ordered mine online from I think it’s worth seeking out, but you could omit it, if you must.

Once you have the ingredients, the recipe is very quick and easy. It takes about 15 minutes to make it.


Edit 8/29/12:   Bob, who actually does like things quite hot, thought the almonds were too spicy with 1½ teaspoons cayenne. They were pretty hot.  I just made them again with ½ teaspoon cayenne and I think they are better with less heat.

Edit 4/11/2018: I made Roasted Cashews using 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, which seems just right! 🙂


Vij’s Spiced, Roasted Almonds (or Cashews)

(Adapted from a recipe in Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine)


I have made this with almonds and with cashews. They’re both great, but I think I prefer the cashews.


(print the recipe)


1 lb whole raw almonds or cashews

2 Tbsp canola, light olive oil, or coconut oil (I used coconut)

1 Tbsp salt

1½ teaspoons mango powder (amchur)

1 Tbsp garam masala or ground cumin (I used garam masala)

1 ½  1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper



1. Preheat the oven to 375˚.

2. Combine the salt, mango powder, garam masala, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

3. If using coconut oil, heat it briefly in the microwave or on the stovetop until it is liquefied.

4. Toss the almonds with the oil in a medium bowl until they are well coated.

5. Toss the almonds with the spice mixture.



6. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes (4 minutes for cashews).

7. Stir the nuts and bake an additional 5 minutes (another 4 minutes for cashews).

8. Watch the nuts carefully; you want them to get slightly darker, but you don’t want them to brown.

9. Cool the nuts for at least 45 minutes before eating.


Packed to give as a gift

17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2011 4:49 pm

    In addition to simply being delicious on its own, this will be a great appetizer for an Indian meal. Love your labels for bagged gifts!

  2. July 24, 2011 5:20 am

    I was planning to make it for a long time.. Probably I will experiment with spices little bit 🙂

  3. July 24, 2011 7:49 am

    Gorgeous photos and what a great gift idea! Yummy! 🙂

  4. July 24, 2011 8:24 am

    I want these for an afternoon snack! And you got me curious about mango powder.

  5. July 24, 2011 8:46 am

    These sound yummy! I have not used mango powder, but it sounds like an interesting flavor!

  6. July 24, 2011 9:59 am

    Oh, these look like great spiced nuts! And you offer such cute packaging!

  7. July 24, 2011 4:37 pm

    These would be fabulous to have on hand for hostess gifts…that is if I don’t eat them all myselfT

  8. July 25, 2011 9:35 am

    These look and sound delicious. I’ll have to give them a try. We have a small Indian store in our community and I think I’ll be able to get all of the ingredients there. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. July 25, 2011 8:26 pm

    delicious to snack on these roasted almonds looks wonderful

  10. July 26, 2011 12:47 pm

    What a great snack. Very good for you too.

  11. July 28, 2011 7:43 am

    I just bought several pounds of almonds. What perfect timing! These would be great to snack on…and to give away as gifts! Thanks for sharing, sweet friend!

  12. July 29, 2011 10:35 am

    What a perfect gift! Bookmarked! I’m a big fan of both almonds and cashews so I definitely gonna try this!

  13. August 3, 2011 9:03 pm

    Kath, these are such a great idea for a gift. I don’t know if I’ve seen mango powder around here, but I love having a new item to hunt for. Hope you are having a great week.

  14. August 5, 2011 11:00 am

    Thank you for sharing our receipe with your followers. We have just reposted your blog entry on our Facebook pages, to support you back!

  15. August 5, 2011 11:06 am

    Thank you for this wonderful blog post and sharing this recipe with your followers. In support, we have reposted it on both of our facebook pages. Hope you enjoy more cooking with our cookbooks in the future.

  16. August 6, 2011 7:31 am

    Mango powder, how cool is that ingredient! I would like to try this recipe as we are lovers of toasted seasoned almonds and this recipe sounds so good;-)

  17. September 26, 2011 9:50 pm

    You know, I always see flavored and roasted almonds but I never think to make them like this! And aren’t you creative with your packaging! You gave me an idea!!!

    I hope you are having a most excellent day, my dear.

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