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How to make Cashew Paste

5 from 4 votes
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Serves 20 SERVINGS

Cashew paste – A gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan alternative to heavy cooking cream. It adds a creamy texture and tasty twist to a variety of dishes!

How to make a vegan cashew paste or cashew cream - Ruchiskitchen

How to make a vegan cashew paste or cashew cream and where can I find one? This is the most commonly asked question. Most supermarkets have started selling vegan cashew paste, but why buy it from the market when you can make one at home.

Have you ever tried making Cashew cream at home?

If you haven’t, do give it a try. It’s effortless and comes together in minutes ( minus the soaking time).

Plus nothing beats homemade.

Cashew paste is perfect for people who are looking to limit their dairy intake. Simply, sub heavy cream with cashew paste/cream and you will have a creamy recipe that is dairy free and tastes equally good.

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Endless Possibilities!

Cashew paste is a very versatile ingredient with endless possibilities! Add a teaspoon of cashew paste to any meal, and it will lend a velvety, rich and creamy texture. Few tested and tried options are –

  • Curry,
  • soup,
  • cashew cheesecakes,
  • any pasta sauce
  • cashew alfredo to name a few.

Besides that, cashew paste is an excellent substitute for no onion no garlic cooking. Just mix a tablespoon with tomato paste, and there you have your thick and creamy gravy.

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Are these cashews raw or roasted?

All the cashews commercially sold are already roasted (even the ones termed as raw). If you buy cashews from a store that says roasted, it merely means it is roasted for the second time.

The cashew nut is the seed nestled inside a shell that grows on the fruit of the cashew tree. The shell is toxic, so the nut has to be removed before it can be eaten. This is typically done by roasting the nut in the shell; the shells are then removed by hand. Raw cashews, therefore, are not really raw; they have already been roasted to remove the shell. Cashews marketed as roasted have been roasted a second time, after they have been removed from the shell. Source- Our everyday life

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Storage!

Cashew cream or cashew paste stores well in your refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container, and it is good for 1-2 weeks.

For longer shelf life, store the paste in the freezer. It stays good for 4-6 months.

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Make this cashew paste a staple in your home and give it a try. 

If you have questions related to this recipe, send me an email and I would be happy to answer them. ?

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How to make a vegan cashew paste or cashew cream - Ruchiskitchen

How to make Cashew Paste

5 from 4 votes
Cashew paste – A gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan alternative to heavy cooking cream. It adds a creamy texture and tasty twist to a variety of dishes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Rest: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Calories: 71 kcal
Servings: 20 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 cups Raw, Roasted Cashews
  • 3/4 cup Water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Soak raw, roasted cashews for 2 hours. 
    How to make Cashew Paste at home - Ruchiskitchen
  • Drain cashews and wash under cold water for few seconds. Transfer the cashews to a food processor and ground into a fine powder. If using unsoaked cashews (right off the refrigerator), soak it in warm water for 30- 40 minutes, before grinding.
    How to make Cashew Paste at home - Ruchiskitchen
  • Slowly add water to the granulated cashews and grind it to a fine paste.
    How to make Cashew Paste at home - Ruchiskitchen
  • If the mixture is grainy in texture, add some more water and keep grinding the cashews until you get the desired consistency – smooth and creamy. 
    How to make Cashew Paste at home - Ruchiskitchen
  • Store it in an airtight container and use as desired.
    How to make Cashew Paste at home - Ruchiskitchen

NUTRITION

Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 85mg | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi
Course: How To's
Cuisine: Indian

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  1. Nupur says:

    Hey Ruchi..how long can we store this paste? & is there any specific method for storage??

    • Ruchi says:

      This paste can be stored in the freezer for 6 months in an airtight container and in the fridge for 2 weeks.

  2. Amita says:

    Hey Ruchi, thanks for sharing this. Can we use salted cashews for this paste instead.

  3. Alex says:

    Hi there,
    Can I make Cashew paste with coconut vinegar as I’ve been told it acts as a preservative, and lasts longer??.

    Thanks

    Alex.

  4. Anitha says:

    I am making cashew paste as you described. But my curry curdle on adding cashew paste. Pls help

    • Ruchi says:

      Anitha,
      Was the cashew paste smooth and creamy? If it was grainy then it will make the curry grainy in texture. Did you add yogurt/curd to the gravy because that could the possible reason why your curry curdled?
      The only option left is to cool the curry – take a hand blender and blend the curry until smooth or transfer the content to a blender and blend until smooth.

  5. Lisa Kelso says:

    Hi Ruchi,
    Are the cashews used in this recipe supposed to be raw? The recipe doesn’t specify, but those in the photo appear to be raw and not roasted.

    I just discovered your site and am excited to try your Saag Wala Chicken.

    Thank you!
    Lisa

    • Ruchi says:

      Hello Lisa,
      Welcome to my blog!
      Yes, the cashews are raw and soaked. Any cashews commercially sold are already roasted. See my notes above.
      Hope you like the saag wala chicken recipe. Keep me posted.

  6. Charles says:

    I can never get it smooth enough it’s always gritty. I’ve tried my coffee grinder, food processor, and blender with purée option 🙁