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Ingredient of the Week: Cashew Nuts

cashewsNuts are a relatively cheap – and healthy – source of protein and fibre. Cashews are rich in mono-unsatured fat and are full of B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and potassium. I often roast cashews and add them to a Thai vegetable curry or throw them into a soup. Or eat them raw instead of five bags of cheese and onion King.

This vegan recipe is from The Frugal Cookbook; you can win a copy by entering our competition. It’s pretty simple and cheap, using mostly store cupboard ingredients.

Spicy Cashew and Mushroom Rice


  • 75g cashews
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 an onion, peeled and sliced, or 1/2 a bunch of spring onions
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder or 1/2 tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 250g button mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, skinned and diced*
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 mug coriander rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil


  • Heat the oil and add the cashews for a minute, until beginning to brown
  • Remove from the pan and leave the oil
  • Add the cumin seeds
  • When they start to sizzle, add the onion and fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Stir in the chilli flakes or powder with the salt, ground coriander, sliced mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, and fresh coriander
  • Cook for 30 seconds, return to the pan, add rice, stir and cook for 30 seconds
  • Pour in about 2/3 of a mug of boiling water
  • Bring to the boil, turn down the heat, and cook until the liquid is absorbed – if it’s drying up add more water
  • Turn off heat and let stand for five minutes
  • Serve with a chutney or simple onion raita: 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon finely grated onion, salt and pepper.

*To skin tomatoes, put them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Remove from the water and slip off the skin, halve it and squeeze out the seeds.


  1. What is Coriander Rice, I’ve not come across it before and no sign of it in the Chinese shop?
    Cashews nuts are so much cheaper in the Chinese shop by the way. €10 a KG

  2. I think coriander rice is just rice with lots of fresh coriander. Highly recommended, especially in Thai food!