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Ole Kaju Vatana Usal

Ole kaju is speciality of Konkan region. Ole kaju or tender cashews are available only in the beginning of summer. These tender cashews need to be peeled carefully so as to obtain the nut. This is quite a tedious process. But the the outcome is awesome. There are various recipes made from tender cashew. Today I am sharing very simple recipe of olya kajuchi usal which dry preparation. It tastes extremely delicious


100 grams tender cashews

1 cup green peas(optional)

1 chopped onion

2-3 green chilies

8-10 curry leaves

1tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1-2 tbsp oil

Pinch of hing

Salt to taste

Fresh coconut for garnish

Coriander leaves for garnish


Soak the tender cashews in hot water for 30 minutes. Then carefully peel the outer covering so as to obtain cashews Taking care not to break them. Wash them thoroughly and keep aside. This a time consuming process and needs to be done with patience. Once this done, rest of the procedure is simple

Heat oil in pan. Temper with mustard, cumin, hing, green chilies & curry leaves. Saute well

Now add onions are saute till they are translucent. Add turmeric powder and salt.

Add tender cashews and green peas. Mix well. Add some water and cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes.

When cashews & peas are cooked, cashews usal is ready. Garnish with fresh coconut & coriander leaves. Serve hot with chapatis.

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