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Caramelized Cashews and Raisins

Caramelized cashews and raisins in a bowl with a silver spoon being lifted

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Caramelized Cashews and Raisins is the garnish you’ve been waiting for.

I don’t even know what to call this except de-freaking-licious. I discovered this garnish when I made a recipe for biryani, but I can’t for the life of me find the biryani recipe again!

All I remember is that it was garnished with Caramelized Cashews and Raisins that had been sautéed in butter until the nuts were toasty brown and the raisins were slightly blackened and tasted like candy.

I couldn’t stop eating it by itself. Now I put it on all sorts of Indian dishes, including Instant Pot Chicken Biryani and Mulligatawny Soup.

Caramelized Cashews and Raisins is quick and easy to make and uses only 3 ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Cashews
  • Raisins

That’s it! I used a combination of black and golden raisins only because I had both in my pantry and I thought it would look especially pretty. If I were going out to buy raisins specifically for this dish, I’d choose golden raisins, but either works.

Use it as a garnish for curries or rice dishes, or just eat it as a snack!

Caramelized cashews and raisins in a bowl with a silver spoon being lifted

Caramelized Cashews and Raisins

Robin Donovan
This butter-sauteed raisin and cashew mixture is addictive and delicious eaten as a snack, but it also makes a surprisingly perfect garnish for curries and spicy rice dishes.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Indian
Calories 86 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup raisins (golden, black, or a combination)


  • Melt the butter in a small, heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the cashews and raisins and cook, stirring, until the nuts are golden brown and the raisins are blackened in spots, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl immediately and serve warm or at room temperature.


Serving: 1Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 3mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g
Keyword caramelized cashews
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By on August 22nd, 2019


Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

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