Indian Spiced Nuts


Indian Spiced Nuts | Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

This weekend we were trying to decide what to make for dinner.  My 6 year old and husband were knee deep in the basketball tournament, and stopping for dinner didn’t seem like something they were interested in.  My husband said we should just have a few appetizers and call it good.  Problem was, I needed to go grocery shopping, so all of our go to appetizers weren’t options.  (Note, I was also being lazy and didn’t want to go to the store)  My husband went to my trusty Cook’s Illustrated cookbook, and said he would just turn to a page and we would make whatever it was.  Well, he turned to Calzones.  We had made those a couple weeks before (don’t worry, the recipe is coming), and I was not putting that much work into this dinner.  So he started over, and went to the first page, and was going to just go until he found something.  He was in luck!  On the first page was a recipe for Indian-Spiced Cashews, Pistachio’s and Currants.  I had everything but the currants, so he went to the kitchen and made these!

My husband doesn’t cook often, but when he does he does a wonderful job.  He is a very detail oriented person, so he can follow a recipe like no body’s business.  But, I must admit that I was skeptical of this recipe from the start.  I like nuts, I like Indian flavors, but them combined just didn’t sound good to me.  Boy was I wrong, they are fantastic, bordering on addictive.  The real surprise came when our 6 year old wanted to try one.  We gladly gave him one, but thought it would end with him spitting it out and drinking lots of water.  Wrong again!  He loved them.  Days later and he keeps saying how good they are.  Any time someone opens the container, he runs across the room wanting some.

As I said, I left out the currants.  It only called for 2 Tbls of dried currants, so I don’t think we were really missing out on anything.  Both the cashews and pistachios are great in the seasoning, but the pistachios really sucked up the Indian flavors.  I can imagine this seasoning would be good on almonds and peanuts as well.  Slightly sweet, salty, spicy (but not hot)…I think I know what I am having for a snack tonight!

Indian Spiced Nuts

Yields 10

Classic Indian spices with cashews and pistachios

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cups pistachios, shelled
  • 1 Tbls sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 Tbls water
  • 1 Tbls unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread cashews onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 4 minutes, rotate the pan and toast for 4 minutes longer. Add the pistachios, spreading in an even layer. Toast for 2 minutes longer, or until fragrant.
  2. While the nuts are toasting combine sugar, salt, curry powder, cumin and coriander in a medium sized bowl (big enough to toss nuts in later). Bring water, butter and brown sugar to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Add the toasted nuts to butter mixture, and stir until nuts are coated and shiny, about 1 1/2 minutes. All of the liquid should evaporate. Transfer the nuts to the spice mix, and toss to coat. Spread nuts back out on baking sheet, and cool completely before serving. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days.


Recipe from Cook's Illustrated





  1. I love making spiced nuts at home. Your choice of flavors is perfection!

  2. I never think to make my own spiced nut combo at home… love this concept and idea, and I must give it a try asap!

  3. Sounds like great combination of spices! I have feeling that I would like those too!:))

  4. what a great, easy, and certainly addicting (i’m sure!) recipe Erin! love the combo of spices.

  5. Great March Madness snack (or dinner 😉 ) How’s your bracket doing? I love my Cooks Illustrated cookbook as well. It has the best, easy to follow recipes.

  6. Ooh, these will be great in an Indian-inspired salad!

  7. Have bookmarked this one–what an amazing snack to serve with cocktails at a party!

  8. Ooooh girl. I am stealing/borrowing this idea FER SHUR! With credit, naturally!

  9. I love these flavors…great choice for an evening of appetizers :)

  10. Mmmmm, I love snacking on nuts!! Great flavor combination!

  11. Mmm, that sounds delicious! Great idea, using Indian spices :)

  12. omg those look so good…I could go to TOWN on them!

  13. What a fun spice for cocktail nuts! These look so delicious and unique for a party nibble. Thanks for sharing, Erin!

  14. I love a good spiced up snack!! Those cashews are calling my name. :)

  15. I think you did these nuts justice by omitting the currants…mostly just because I’m not a currant fan. But, these look unbelievably good, easy and even your 6 year old liked them? Sold! What a great combo of flavors.

  16. You’re so lucky that the hubby will cook! I seriously think my boyfriend has a fear of the kitchen! These nuts sound great, cashews & pistachios are definitely my favorite. It’s definitely a good sign when a 6 yr old will eat Indian spiced nuts! Awesome! :)

  17. This is very similar to the flavors from my Tandoori Meatballs I made recently. I love Indian spices…earthy and so good! I can only imagine how a bit of brown sugar would go so well with cashews and pistachios!!

  18. My first reaction is similar to yours…not sure about the combination even though I like both separately. I typically like all nut mixture though so I am sure I would be won over soon. It is always nice when you create something unexpected.

  19. Mmm I absolutely loving the flavors in your nuts, these look so delicious!!! :)

  20. Yum! They sound fabulous and addicting! I love new twists to nuts and this one is one I must try!!

  21. So delicious and so so easy to put together. :)

  22. Cashews are my one of my favorites and the flavors sound wonderfully exotic. Your husband will have to show mine how to (want to) make these! :)

  23. Delicious! I buy these sometimes from the local store here in India but have never considered making them myself :) neat recipe!

  24. sounds good to me, I bet they would be great on a salad too for some added punch of flavor!

  25. There is nothing I prefer to eat over spiced nuts – my ultimate weakness 😀
    And your recipe makes my addiction all the more dangerous!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Double Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

  26. Yum, I love this. I’m the only one who likes nuts in my house so I would have these all to myself :)

  27. Sending this recipe to my husband who’s enjoys snacking nuts. We have all ingredients! =)

  28. Love the flavors in these nuts!

  29. This sounds amazing! and I love Cooks Illustrated! I have some peanuts laying around waiting to be used, I might have to get experimenting now!

  30. Love spiced nuts and yours looks excellent! I love Indian flavors!

  31. Wow, I’m impressed by two things here.

    #1, those nuts sound awesome! I love the idea of an Indian spiced nut recipe.

    #2, your hubby made these! He got up from watching basketball to make these up! You have a keeper :)

    When my hubby cooks (which is so extremely rare) he is also detail oriented. Everything is so good. Weird! I wish he cooked more often.


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