Monday, May 7, 2012

Cashew Fruit Sambhar


Cashew fruit!!! Yes, its the fruit of the cashew tree. This is probably the first time I ever saw it in the fruit form. I loved its look and was pretty excited when I bought it a couple of days back when we drove to Trichy.

My mom made a delicious sambhar with it and said this recipe was a very traditional one her grandma used to make. I loved the taste since it was sweet and hot and the fruit chunks were super juicy too :)

I'm not sure of the availability of this fruit in the city, but by any chance you come across this fruit, grab it for sure to make this sambhar :)


Cashew fruit - 10
Tamarind paste - 2 cups
Jaggery - 2 tblsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste
Rice flour - 1 tblsp
Curry leaves - 10
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch



Wash and cut 1/4 inch of the cashew fruit from the broader side and discard it. Dice the rest of the fruit into smaller chunks.

Take the tamarind paste in a thick bottomed vessel and add 1 cup of water to it. Drop in the diced cashew fruits and cook on medium flame until the fruit turns soft and well cooked.

Now add chilly powder, salt, asafoetida and jaggery and mix well. Dilute the rice flour in 2 tblsp of water and add it, stirring constantly. Now the sambhar will thicken. Allow it to boil for two more mins and remove from flame.

Season with mustard and curry leaves.

Serve hot with rice and chips. Delicious and rich cashew fruit sambhar is ready. :)



This sambhar would be sweet and hot and would be a good choice for kids.

The fruit is juicy and has subtle sweet taste so it would be absolutely delicious when you bite the fruit chunks in the sambhar. :)


Written by: Nithya
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Hari Chandana P said...

Woww.. Very interesting recipe. looks super tempting Nithi.. thanks for sharing :)
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chef and her kitchen said...

very nice recipe..This fruit tastes strange,though I m not a big fan of it I tasted it a couple of times..

notyet100 said...

This is new for me,sambhar looks delicious

Gayathri NG said...

Wow sounds unique and looks delicious...

Shobha said...

very interesting..never knew cashew fruit could be cooked..we get it easily in Brazil..will try it out sometime..

Spice up the Curry said...

wow unique sambhar with so many flavors. lovely

Fictitious Fashion said...

Yummy Yummy!!!! I love the recipe.. and banana chips too :D

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Priya Suresh said...

Its been ages i had this fruit, never tried any dish with it..Sambhar looks extremely inviting.

Divya Kudua said...

I've tasted cashew fruit at my grandmas place long long back.We always used to pick the fruits,separate the cashews and eat the fruit.It used to leave a slightly gummy and grainy feeling afterwards but that didn't stop us from eating it.This is the first time I am seeing a recipe which uses cooked cashew fruit.Sambhar and rice with chips looks like an ideal lunch:)

Perspectivemedley said...

I'm sure I never have or never will hear of this again in future :) Its a unique recipe of yours!.. nice looks very yummy.

Archana said...

The only use that we have here is to eat it raw (if you like it that is) and to make Feni. This is the first time I have come across something so delicious. Thanks if I come across it in the market or get my colleagues to get the fresh fruit( he is bound to think I am crazy though) I will not just walk off will try this out.

Kalyani said...

wow sounds interesting ... thanks for a wonderful recipe .......

schmetterlingwords said...

Never heard of cashew fruits before. Anyways, the fruit looks very attractive and the sambhar absolutely delicious :)

Unknown said...

wow never knew we can cook with cashew fruit...very new and inviting recipe!

Unknown said...

Tangy and yummy sambar..looks yum

Unknown said...

Its very new to me. Looks yummy though. Good luck

Cookwell said...

Such a unique recipe. I never knew we can prepare sambar from chashew fruit. I will definitely try when I visit India next time. I dnt think I would get this fruit here in Toronto. Happy to follow you.

Unknown said...

go for real cashew fruit delicacy

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