Section 1: The Perfect Blend of Spices
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients for making this mouthwatering Kaju Masala. You will need:
- 1 cup cashews (kaju)
- 2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes, pureed
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Salt to taste
- Coriander leaves for garnishing
Step 2: Roast the Cashews
In a pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cashews and roast them until they turn golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
Step 3: Prepare the Masala
Heat the oil in the same pan and add the finely chopped onions. Saute until they become translucent. Then, add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another minute.
Step 4: Add the Spices
Now, add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala to the pan. Mix well and cook for a minute.
Step 5: Add the Tomato Puree
Pour in the tomato puree and cook the masala until oil separates from the sides. This will take around 5-7 minutes.
Section 2: Cooking the Cashews
Step 6: Add the Cashews
Once the masala is cooked, add the roasted cashews to the pan. Mix well to coat the cashews with the masala.
Step 7: Simmer and Cook
Reduce the heat to low and let the cashews simmer in the masala for about 5 minutes. This will allow the flavors to blend together beautifully.
Step 8: Garnish and Serve
Finally, garnish the Kaju Masala with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or naan. Enjoy the rich and creamy flavors!
Section 3: Tips and Tricks
TIP 1: Soak the cashews in warm water for about 30 minutes before roasting them. This will make them softer and enhance their flavor.
TIP 2: If you prefer a spicier version, you can add a chopped green chili along with the ginger-garlic paste.
TIP 3: To make the dish even more indulgent, you can add a tablespoon of fresh cream or whole milk towards the end of cooking.