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MANGALOREAN CASHEW MACAROONS

I remember right from the time I was a kid, anyone coming from Mangalore always brought the famous City Bakery Cashew Macaroons with them of course among many other Mangalorean delicacies. They were so addictive that it was almost impossible to stop with just one! Every time I am in Mangalore I make sure I don’t miss out on the City Bakery Macaroons. I have no clue why I thought of them all of a sudden today and while browsing the net found a couple of sites which had a recipe for Mangalorean Cashew Macaroons. Finally chose the recipe from  mangaloreancuisine.blogspot.co.in. Never realised that these could be so easy to make with not many ingredients required either. My first attempt at making them And boy was I pleased the way they turned out…..Perfect!!!

This is what you’ll need

Egg white: 1 (at room temperature)

Finely powdered sugar: 1 cup

Unsalted cashew nuts: 1 and a 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder: 1/4 to 1/2tsp

Baking powder: 1/4tsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Chop the cashew nuts coarsely.

2. Pre heat the oven at 120 deg C

3. Separate the egg white from the yellow making sure there are no traces of egg yolk.

4. In a mixing bowl beat the egg white stiff, so as to form peaks. The peaks should be stiff enough so as to not drop.

5. Add the powdered sugar to the egg white, little at a time beating well. Continue till all the sugar is used up.

6. Beat in the cardamom powder.

7. Gently fold in the chopped cashew nuts.

8. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls (approximately 1tbsp) of the mixture.

9. Try and use the same amount in each spoonful. The shape does not matter.

10. Place the tray in the lower rack of the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

11. Remove once done and cool them.

12. Store in an air tight container.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes

Makes approximately 12-15 macaroons.

CASHEW DRUMSTICK CURRY

Back in the kitchen after a month long vacation. Trust me it wasn’t easy getting back to cooking. Then again have no choice, so after stocking up the fridge with Indian vegetables, found an easy recipe to make with drumsticks. Quite an unusual combination with cashew nuts, but goes well with chappatis.

This is what you’ll need

Drumsticks: 3-4 (cut into finger sized pieces)

Cashew kernels: 20 (slit half)

Onion: 1

Tomatoes: 2

Green chillies: 2

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Coriander powder: 1tsp

Milk: 1/2cup

Coriander leaves: To garnish

Salt to taste

Oil: 2tsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Chop the onions, tomatoes, green chillies and coriander leaves finely.

2. Heat oil in a pan and saute the onions and green chillies.

3. Add the drumsticks along with half a glass of water. Cover and cook until the drumsticks are soft.

4. Add the chopped tomatoes, cashew kernels, chilli powder and coriander powder.

5. Cook until they are soft.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chappatis.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 3-4

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