Monday, June 16, 2008

Almonds

Every once in a while, I crave the honey roasted nuts found on the street carts in New York City. I remember every time you pass by one of these carts and the smell of the roasting nuts comes wafting by, making you want to stop, close your eyes and breathe it in. If you've never had them, I absolutely recommend them on your next visit there.

Meanwhile, you can try my New York street-cart-style roasted nuts. They came out pretty well, but the nice part was that my entire kitchen and home were left with that great smell! Mmm...


New York Style Roasted Almonds
(original recipe from World on a Plate)

2 cups almonds, blanched, skinned
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup brown sugar (I used Demerara sugar)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp Oil

Preheat oven to 175 deg C.

Heat a pan with the oil, add the almonds, honey, chilli and cumin powders and sugar.


Stir to coat and continue roasting until the sugar melts and caramelizes.


Spread the almonds on a baking tray.


and pop into the oven for 5-10 minutes until browned and dry.


Take out the tray and let it cool.


Store in an airtight container (if there's any left after "tasting" it!)


This is off to Sia at Monsoon Spice for MBP - Street Food. A great idea and theme, Sia. MBP gets you to try out all those recipes you've bookmarked from other bloggers and discover new ones. MBP is the brainchild of Coffee at the Spice Cafe. This round-up is definitely going to be great!

43 comments:

Sia said...

roasted almonds looks superb arundati. what a wonderful way to indulge. i am sure i can use same method to roast other nuts. thanks sweetie for this delicious entry :)

Rachel said...

Lady..Most of your posts get me going back to my fond memories....

Devi Priya said...

Wow you post one recipe each day! great going and Almonds looks yummy!

Lisa said...

Oooooh! These look great!

Arundathi said...

Sia - :-) you're very welcome, babe! The nicest nuts to use are chestnuts, but I wasn't able to find them in Chennai. Looking fwd to the round-up!

Rachel - That's one of the nicest compliments I've received! Thanks!

Devi Priya - Not everyday but thereabouts! Too many events I want to enter! lol!

Lisa - Thanks!

Maheswari said...

wow..crunchy almonds...would love to have it with a chai..:D

I have something for ya in my blog, come and get it girl!

vegeyum said...

gorgeous. And almonds are so good for you too. A really healthy snack.

meeso said...

My mom use to make nuts like this, brings back memories.. looks so good!

Sandeepa said...

Yummm...I will try this with other nuts

TBC said...

What a nice healthy snack! Nicely presented too.:)

Roma said...

Looks so tempting! Wish I could pop in a few right now :-)

Raaga said...

I have to try this sometime :-)

Aparna said...

Never had these before but they sound good.

Arundathi said...

Maheshwari - Thank you so much! :)

Vegeyum - Thank you :-) yes, one of those few things in life which are both delicious and healthy!

Meeso - Thanks! Yes, this is all about nostalgia.

Sandeepa - Do try. It tastes great with chestnuts.

TBC - thank you!

Roma - Here you go...!

Raaga - Definitely try it!

Aparna - They are. You've gotta taste it and smell it to believe it!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

A very healthy snack. looks delicious too :)

ranji said...

even i love this..i have eaten the honey roasted peanuts but never tried with almonds..sounds swesome anu...should give a try.

Jamie said...

I know exactly what almonds you are talking about as every time I go to NYC, I get the same ones! They are so wonderful, nice and warm. I loved how you put them in the roll of paper too!

Ranjani said...

Those look fabulous, heard a rumble in my tummy when I saw the pic you posted!
I love spiced roasted pecans too...I suppose almonds are healthier though:)

mitr_bayarea said...

Arundathi-

roasted almonds similar to roasted peanuts, but, more tasty, I guess.

Arundathi said...

Vegetable Platter - thank you :-)

Ranji - I prefer the almonds to the peanuts but chestnuts and pecans are even better!

Jamie - Oh Girl!! I'm so glad you have tried them! I just love love love them from those street carts! These came close though!

Ranjani - Mmm Love Pecans too! Now go make yourself some!

Mitr - Hmm the roasted peanuts are usually sold salty and spicy, these are sweeter ad spicy - unusual!

Priya said...

I stayed away from the honey roasted months for a looonnng time. But I tried some fresh honey roasted pecans at a farm store and was hooked. The idea of cinnamon and honey on a roasted nut is a thing that needs to grow on you I think.

Madhavi said...

OH awesome post, almonds looks so gooood, jus mouthwatering. will try soon!!!

maninas said...

my husband does cashews in exactly the smae way! :D yum

K.C. said...

Geez, I could smell these just from looking at them. Thanks so much for the recipe. Having a fourth of July party and will probably try to cook these...

Thanks for dropping by... Kayce

Arundathi said...

Priya - :-) glad you tried them... they're so addictive!

Madhavi - Thanks! Do let me know how they turned out!

Maninas - Mmm that must be good!

KC - Oh that'll be perfect for a 4th of July party! Have fun!

lakshmi said...

pass me a bag please - i can have nuts anytime, any day - these look so beautifully roasted. yummy. imagine some of these hiding into a chocolate truffle!!!

lakshmi said...

i mean hiding inside - not into

Andhra Flavors said...

hey what a lovely dish with almonds.

sra said...

Hi Arundathi, how are you doing? This post reminds me to check for that Blue Diamond brand of honey-roasted nuts - whether it's still around. Haven't thought about them in a while!

Arundathi said...

Lakshmi - mmm anything will taste good with chocolate!

Andhra Flavors - Thanks!

Sra - I'll go check it out too ... didn't know about it. thanks.

Peter M said...

A fantastic snack...I could go for a handful (or two) right now.

Vaishali said...

Such beautiful pictures, Arundhati, and great recipe. I remember that smell too, and those carts that are such an integral part of the NYC landscape.

Arundathi said...

Peter - Thanks for stopping by! Would love to pass some over! :-)

Vaishali - Yup, they sure are. Thanks! :-)

Sunshinemom said...

Loved the colour! I can feel the zing here!

Srivalli said...

they look wonderful!...actually with the same malasa peanuts would great simply great right!

Rajani said...

hi there... this looks too yum for words. sweet and spicy! thanks for sharing a great idea.

Arundathi said...

Hi Sunshine - thanks! :-)

valli - yup, i'm sure it would!

Rajani - Sure, you're welcome.

Bellini Valli said...

I have enjoyed searching through your recipes so far. Can't wait to try some of them:D

Arundathi said...

Thanks so much Valli - I love your blog. Thanks for stopping by...

Anonymous said...

Great recipe!
I changed it slightly because a friend of mine from El Salvador remembered the taste of peanuts and almonds from home.... I add in some lime, and a touch of hot sauce (to taste - nothing with vinegar in it- that would just kill the taste!) and she loves the way they turn out.
Thanks for sharing!

Arundathi said...

Anonymous - lime and hot sauce are a great idea! Thanks!

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