Cashews are a popular culinary ingredient used in most kitchens across the globe. The Cashew tree is a tropical evergreen tree grown extensively in India, Nigeria, Brazil etc. The Hindi name of this nut is ‘Kaju’.
Culinary Uses - Cashew paste or fine powder, prepared in an instant by grinding it with a mortar and pestle, is a wonderful ingredient added to certain Indian curries like malai kofta and shahi paneer. It gives them a rich, creamy texture and a deliciously nutty flavour. - It can be added to soups and salads, cakes, muffins and biscuits. - Many Indian desserts like kheer and gajar ka halwa (Carrot Halwa) require the addition of cashews. - Cashew burfi or Kaju burfi as it is called in India is another wonderful sweet delicacy generously prepared with cashews. - They are a popular snack food and can be eaten as is or roasted and salted.
Health Benefits Cashews contain sizeable amounts of mono-unsaturated fats. They are a source of antioxidants, and minerals like copper, magnesium and phosphorous.