Kaju butter masala (cashew curry)

Main Dish
2 servings
15 min
25 min
This is rich, filling and delicious curry with cashews. Gravy of this curry is made from onion-tomato masala and richness comes from heavy cream. This is curry restaurant style curry which taste exactly same as restaurant’s does.


Number of serving: 2
Cashew nuts – 2/3 cup

Oil – 2 teaspoons

Onion – 1 medium, chopped roughly

Ginger – 1 inch piece, chopped roughly

Green chilies – 2, chopped roughly

Tomatoes – 2, chopped roughly

Butter – 1 1/2 tablespoons

Bay leaf – 1

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch piece

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons

Red chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Dried fenugreek leaves (Kasoori methi) – 1 teaspoon

Heavy whipping cream (Malai) – 1/4 cup

Water – 1/2 cup (More or less depending on your liking gravy consistency)

Cilantro – few sprigs, chopped finely (Do not skip)


  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Add cashew nuts and fry till it becomes light brown. Take out in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Heat remaining teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add chopped onions, ginger and green chilies. Sauté it for few minutes till onion becomes translucent.
  • Let the onion mixture cool a bit and grind it into a blender into smooth paste. Remove in a bowl and keep aside. In same blender add chopped tomatoes and make smooth puree.
  • In the same pan, heat butter. Once hot add bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon stick. Sauté till you get nice fragrance.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and Kasoori methi. Mix well. Sauté it for one minute. Then add pureed tomatoes. Mix well. Cook this mixture till it leaves oil or reduces. It will take about 3-4 minutes. Then add salt, cream and water. Mix well.
  • Let the gravy come to a boil. Then add fried cashew nuts and cook for a minute. Add chopped cilantro just before serving. (Please Do not skip chopped cilantro it gives inviting look to the dish.) Serve hot.
  • Serve with:
    Naan, roti or paratha
    Sliced onions with few drops of lemon
    Buttermilk as a side
    Or with Rice.


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