Coconut-Curry Cashews

Photo: Sang An
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
2 cups

Cashew curry, a popular Indian dish, is the inspiration for this snack. The sweet coconut flakes subdue the heat of the spice.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Coarse salt

  • 2 cups unsalted roasted cashews (9 ounces)

  • ½ cup large unsweetened coconut flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in curry powder, and cook until toasted, about 1 minute. Stir in sugar, water, honey, and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt. (Mixture will resemble wet sand.) Add cashews, and toss to coat using a rubber spatula.

  2. Transfer cashew mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and spread into a single layer using rubber spatula. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, and sprinkle with coconut. Bake until cashews and coconut are golden, 6 to 7 minutes more.

  3. Transfer sheet to a wire rack. Stir nuts, and let stand until cool and hardened, about 30 minutes.

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