This is a fairly easy recipe, but it took me several attempts to get it just right. And it's actually one of the recipes that's taken me the longest to nail down. I first tried Thai cashews from Trader Joe's years ago and I fell in love! The spiciness, the boldness of the flavours and the overall Thai flavour explosion in my mouth wasn't something I had experienced with a cashew recipe before. And if you love the flavours of Thai food, I promise you, you'll fall in love with these roasted cashews too! They are the perfect snack and dangerously addictive - you've been warned.
The ingredients may be hard to find if you don't have access to a well stocked grocery store or an Asian market, but there really aren't a lot of substitutions for these flavours. So I'd urge you to find the ingredients so you can enjoy these! It's worth it - promise!
Makrut lime leaves
Thai chili peppers
Once you have your ingredients, making these Thai cashews are very easy.
You will need a coffee grinder to pulverize the ingredients until everything is finely ground. I've tried doing this in my Vitamix, but the blade doesn't reach the ingredients as well and so it won't get as finely ground. The reason you want the ingredients finely ground is to coat the cashews well, so I highly recommend using a coffee grinder for this.
Add the lemongrass, lime leaves and chili peppers to your coffee grinder and blend well.
Add this to a large bowl and then add in the remaining ingredients, including the cashews.
Toss everything very well to coat the cashews.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until slightly golden brown, about 22 to 25 minutes. Let them sit on the baking sheet after to cool down and then transfer to a sealed container.
Honey: you can use a vegan alternative if you need, agave would be the best option as it's stickier similar to honey. You can also use this honey alternative.
Makrut lime leaves: if you really can't find the lime leaves, you can substitute with extra lime zest, but the flavours won't be the exact same.
Thai chili peppers: you can omit if you don't want any spice, or use another type of chili such as serrano or use a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Avocado Oil: use another type of neutral tasting oil instead.
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These Thai cashews are packed with lots of flavour from makrut lime leaves, lemongrass and Thai chillies. I warn you now, these are very addictive!
Cook time: ovens may vary, start checking the cashews at 15 minutes to see if they are done. The cashews may take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
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