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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!

Yield: Serves 4

Caramelized Cashews and Raisins

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

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.

Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


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


  1. Melt the butter in a small, heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  2. 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.
  3. Transfer to a bowl immediately and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 86Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 8mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 1g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.


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By on August 22nd, 2019

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