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Kaju Butter Masala (Cashew Curry)

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.


Enjoy, everyone!

Here’s the handy dandy printable:

4.0 from 2 reviews
Kaju Butter Masala (Cashew Curry)
Prep time
Cook time
Yield: 2
  • Cashew nuts – ⅔ 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 ½ tablespoons
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch piece
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Red chili powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (Kasoori methi) – 1 teaspoon
  • Heavy whipping cream (Malai) – ¼ cup
  • Water – ½ cup (More or less depending on your liking gravy consistency)
  • Cilantro – few sprigs, chopped finely (Do not skip)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In the same pan, heat butter. Once hot add bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon stick. Sauté till you get nice fragrance.
  5. Then add onion paste. Mix well and sauté it till it becomes golden brown or it leaves the sides of the pan. It will take about 7-8 minutes.
  6. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and Kasoori methi. Mix well. Sauté it for one minute. Then add pureed tomatoes. Mix well.
  7. Cook this mixture till it leaves oil or reduces. Then add salt, cream and water. Mix well.
  8. Let the gravy come to a boil.
  9. 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.)
  10. Mix well. Serve hot.
Additional Info
Serve with: - Naan, roti or paratha Sliced onions with few drops of lemon Buttermilk as a side - Or with Rice.

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  • Rimi Ghose March 13, 2014, 7:05 am

    Tried it today. Has come out really nice though I have added my touch to this dish by adding a little honey in the gravy and instead of whole garam masala and bay leaf I have added powder masala instead. It is tasting good. Waiting for my daughter and husband to taste the same.Thanks a lot.

    • Kanan March 13, 2014, 1:12 pm

      Happy to know that you recipe is helpful and you like it.

  • Anchal agarwal December 11, 2013, 5:48 am

    Hey kanan dui plz tell watz cilantro?? N the ppl who do not have microwave how should they make cookies…plz suggest … N expectin you to share the recipe of “Unbaked brownies” …thank u so much…

    • Kanan December 11, 2013, 2:02 pm

      cilantro is also known as ‘Coriander leaves’ or ‘ Dhaniya’. Cookies should be baked in oven not in microwave.

      I will sure post the recipe of unbaked brownies in near future.

  • Rachana December 10, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Hi Kanan

    Cooking is my hobby, I brought up watching Sanjeev Kapoor and Lt. Tarla Dala, I hardly gets impressed by somebody;s work/presentation.But I must say your blog is not only full of mouthwatering recipes, but fantastic presentation, awesome photography. I am surely going to visit you regularly.

    • Kanan December 10, 2013, 3:41 pm

      Thanks for the compliment. Hope you will like our current and upcoming recipes.

  • Judy October 7, 2013, 6:24 am

    Excellent recipe.. thanks

    • Kanan October 7, 2013, 11:40 am


  • raj patel September 5, 2013, 11:44 pm

    Best recipe. Thankyou very much

    • Kanan September 5, 2013, 11:51 pm


  • Anshita Mahi January 25, 2013, 3:27 pm

    its the best……….recipe . thanks for this

    • Kanan January 27, 2013, 1:20 am

      You’r welcome :)

  • meena January 12, 2013, 7:23 am

    it is very tasty

    • Kanan January 12, 2013, 10:34 pm

      Thanks :)

  • Stefaan November 22, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Made it yesterday, very nice recipe!

    • Kanan November 22, 2012, 2:52 pm

      Thanks Stefaan.

  • Yes, this was absolutely delicious! I went without the cream, and used coconut milk instead, and fiddled a bit more here and there. But ultimately I got the idea from you, and it very well received. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Mary Oxendale Spensley.

  • Anjana June 2, 2012, 4:09 am

    so delicious and rich! loved this curry

  • Bill D May 15, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Wow, looks fantastic! The boys at the firehouse will love it. I’m looking to cut down on fat and still maintain some richness. What do you think about almond milk instead of cream? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Kanan May 15, 2012, 7:21 pm

      Yes You can cut down the fat by adding less butter or ever replace butter with less oil. Of course you can use almond milk but the taste will be slightly different. Use oil and almond milk and make it vegan if you wish.

  • Hema May 15, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Very rich and delicious curry, shud try this sometime..

  • Simran Kamath May 13, 2012, 8:39 am

    wonderful! would love to have some now!
    do drop by my space…there's an award waiting there for you:)

  • yummychunklet May 13, 2012, 4:28 am

    Yum! Love the cashews in this dish.

  • dassana May 12, 2012, 1:09 pm

    this is a lovely recipe made with cashews instead of paneer. it can be completely veganized by not using butter. but then it wont be known as cashew butter masala… perhaps cashew masala :-)

  • Love2cook Malaysia May 12, 2012, 12:46 pm


  • Amelia May 12, 2012, 2:30 am

    Hi, your cashew nut curry look so tempting. Perfect to goes with any kind of bread.

    Have a nice weekend.

  • vrinda May 11, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Its been days i made this,lov it a lot,perfect with roti..

  • Rasya Srinath May 11, 2012, 6:23 pm

    even i do this.. its lying in my drafts.. looks lovely!

  • Treat and Trick May 11, 2012, 6:00 pm

    Nice recipe and so mouthwatering!

  • radha May 11, 2012, 5:24 pm

    Oh wow!

  • Kadai Paneer (Restaurant Style) | Spice up the Curry June 27, 2012, 7:36 pm

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