"Olya Kajuchi Bhaji" ( Fresh Cashews Masala) ia a popular vegetable dish in every maharashtrian household of Konkan region specially in this summer season, I must say. .
Today I am sharing with you traditional recipe of cashews masala.
2 cups fresh Cashews, cleaned
1½ cup fresh Cocount, grated
7-8 Garlic pods
1 inch or 4 gm Ginger
3-4 nos Green chilli
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Whole black pepper
2 tbsp Fresh coriander
2 big size Onions, sliced
1 medium size Onion, chopped
1½ tbsp Malavani masala/ Red chilli powder
½ tbsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp Garam masala powder
4-5 Kokum / Amsol ( Dried Garcinia indica)
2-3 cups water
6-7 tbsp Oil
Salt for taste .
Method - For Masala
Heat 3 tbsp oil in the pan. Add in sliced onions ginger, garlic, green chilli, coriander seeds, black pepper, fresh coriander and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add in fresh coconut and saute till light brown colour and let it cool.
Once it cool down grind in to thick paste. ( During grinding it may require to add some water.)
Heat remaining oil in the vessel or kadhai. Add in chopped onion saute it for 2 mins. Then add in turmeric, red chilli powder and saute it.
Add in cashews and saute for another 1-2 mins. Now add ground paste and mix it well and let it simmer ( let aroma get spread nicely). Add in 2-3 cups water and mix it. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes. Dont stir too much otherwise cashews will break down. Then Add in garam masala powder.
Add in kokum and salt as per taste. Then cover it with lid or dish and put some water on it. (Steam cooking) After 10-15 mins turn of the gas and served with bhakri or roti. ( How to clean cashews? -Needs to cut cashew seed from the middle part. Remove cashew from green shell and put it in luke warm water. )
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