I think that dried fruits are a classic snack in the whole country, and at least in Murcia, they cannot be missed at the apéritif. In my house, there is always a jar full of almonds, walnuts or pistachios, but from time to time I like to buy them raw and give them a special homemade touch. On this occasion, I have prepared an appetizer recipe for roasted curry nuts, with an exotic touch.
It is a very simple recipe with which we can play according to our pantry or particular taste. I wanted to recall the oriental flavors by adding typical spices of curries and the like, although without spice because I have relatives who do not tolerate it very well. If this is not your case and you enjoy stronger flavors, you can use hot paprika or add a little cayenne or sriracha sauce.
- Raw dried fruits (nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews …)200 g
- Whole raw almonds125 g
- Extra virgin olive or sunflower oil30 ml
- 1 tablespoon ground curry
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Sweet or spicy paprika, 1/4 teaspoon
- Salt 1 teaspoon
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Orange or lemon zest1
- Ground black pepper
How to make a snack of roasted nuts with oriental aromas
- Total time30 m
- Preparation5 m
- Cooking25 m
We can use the almonds with skin, or we can peel them scalding them first in boiling water. Heat the sunflower oil in a large saucepan. Add the curry, the cumin seeds and mix well so that the oil flavors. Incorporate the dried fruits and almonds and stir so that they are impregnated with the flavors.
Add the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, paprika, and salt. Stir well for a couple of minutes. Grate the skin of the orange on top, add the brown sugar and a touch of black pepper. Stir constantly over medium heat so that the fruits do not burn.
Continue cooking for a few more minutes without stopping stirring, until they are well toasted, without burning, and the aromas are fragrant. If we want to enhance the orange flavor, we can add the fruit juice that we have used to grate the skin. Let the fire cool down.
With which to accompany the apéritif of dried fruits
This appetizer of roasted curry nuts can be served at any time of the day, accompanying the midday beer or as part of the pre-dinner snack. Its flavors combine very well with wines, much better if there are good cheeses on the table. It is also a snack to take away and avoid robbing vending machines.