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Pepper Cashew and Honey Chilli Sumac Almonds | Movie Night Treats…..

How can
movie dates be complete without popcorn and some easy munches ? That’s right
–  This week on Blogging Marathon you would see some healthy but tempting snacks that can be
passed around on a movie night. 
I did make popcorn for this theme but thought
would be too simple :)) perhaps post it for some other day….

That’s when I remembered my recent flight to
London and an idea of microwaved spiced nuts struck me. Cashew nuts are my
weakness – I add them to anything from kheer to grind rich gravies. Thankfully
the girls love them too. And these were gone before I could click them
properly, and were these nutty treats a hit :)) 
To appease the husband who is staying away from
cashew nuts, made sumac flavoured honey chilli almonds.

So make these in a large quantity for your next
movie night as am sure these will be gone in minutes. With moderated quantities
these can consumed up to a week or a fortnight if stored right.

So, two recipes for healthy microwaved spiced
nuts – 
Pepper Cashew and Honey Chilli Sumac Almonds :


Prep time : 10 mins, Microwave time : 4 mins per batch, Makes : 1 cup each.

For Pepper cashews :

  • Cashew nuts (whole) – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper crushed – 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp
  • White pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Olive oil – 1 TBSP


How to make :

  1. Mix cashews with the rest of the ingredients so
    that they are coated well. Stand for a min.  Microwave on high on a flat
    plate for 1 min taking care the nuts don’t overlap
  2. Take out , stir and microwave for two star of 45
    seconds each, mixing them after each 45-second batch.
  3. You should get golden coloured crispy cashews at
    the end of this period. If not, micro for another 30 seconds taking care that
    they don’t burn.
  4. Cool for a bit and store in an airtight
    container. Keeps well on the countertop for up to a week.

For Sumac honey chilli almonds:

  • California almonds – 1 cup
  • Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder / paprika  – to taste
  • Sumac powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Olive oil – 1 TBSP
  • Salt – a little pinch

How to make :

  1. Mix all ingredients except honey. Micro in 3 intervals of 1min , mixing the nuts well each time. 
  2. For last batch , add honey and mix well and microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Cool and store in airtight container.




  1. vaishali sabnani

    Wow these nuts are fantastic ! Nutritious and delicious , would love to try

  2. perfect and healthy snack for movie nights…love both of them…

  3. Those nuts sound fantastic for a movie time..very nicely done Kalyani..

  4. OMG, those nuts look so yummy!! I'm sure I can't stop myself from eating the whole batch — so addictive..

  5. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Definitely addictive, having made them i know how fast they vanish from the counter!!! Looks totally fab and fit too!!! 😉

  6. Suma Gandlur

    That is one addictive, quick fix snack.

  7. Very interesting use of Sumac! Addictive too.

  8. cookingwithsapana

    I wouldn't mind to eat them all anytime .Nicely made..

  9. Priya Suresh

    I want to finish that whole plate, thats a different touch with sumac.

  10. Ha ha we get these here a lot so I never thought of making them. I will try these soon as I find my hidden stash of cashewnuts which I ma sure has been discovered and finished by now.

  11. Chef Mireille

    both versions sound delicious!

  12. Delicious munchies Kalyani and the flavors sound yum!

  13. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Flavored nuts are so addictive! Perfect to munch while watching movies.

  14. Varada's Kitchen

    Nuts are such a great snack, perfect for movie nights.

  15. Those flavored nuts are perfec for a movie time nice one….

  16. Sowmya :)

    Perfect munchies for a movie

  17. Sneha's Recipe

    Addictive munchies.

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