Roasted almonds coated with a sweet, spicy and salty coating. It’s a perfect on the go snack, for kids to snack on and also for travelling.
The question however is if roasted almonds are good for you? As per my understanding there is not much difference between raw almonds and roasted ones in terms of the nutritional value. Since roasted almonds are coated with a layer of fat it increases the fat content by a little bit. Roasted almonds is less in Vitamin E than raw almonds.
Now coming to How do we roast almonds? We can roast/toast almonds by two methods, with saucepan and with oven. While oven method is also much simpler, I find saucepan method quick and easy. I have used the saucepan method here.
Almonds can be had in any season and any time for snacking but in moderation, especially when you are watching your weight. Almonds are an excellent source of protein, Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. My grand mom used to always say that you should have raw almonds in winters and soaked almonds in summers. Raw almonds in winter because of their heat producing qualities. Soaked almonds in the summer months because it benefits in digestion and also helps maintain the body heat. It’s also advised that one should always have almonds with milk, grain or vegetables and not empty stomach.
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Almonds Recipe
Roasted almonds coated with a sweet, spicy and salty coating.
- 1/2 cup Almonds (or 60 gms)
- 1/2 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter
- 1 tsp Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp Red chili powder or black pepper powder
Dry roast almonds in a saucepan on low heat for almost about 7 to 8 minutes.
Once sufficiently roasted, add ghee and quickly stir to coat. Roast for another minute.
In a bowl, mix together sugar, salt and red chili powder.
Add the roasted almonds while they are still warm in the bowl and mix thoroughly to coat all almonds.
Keep in an air tight container for almost a month.