Cashew Cheese

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This is the third week of our mega blogging marathon for the theme, Protein Rich Dishes. This week I will be posting recipes of protein rich nuts and seeds. It is amazing as to how protein rich seeds and nuts are and how we can meet our daily protein requirement by including these in our meals. When I picked cashew as one of the ingredients to showcase during this week, I was absolutely confused with the number of recipes available using this versatile nut. There are plethora of gravies that go with rotis, innumerable munchies and not to mention the vast range of sweet dishes. 


 But I discarded each of those ideas because either they were too commonplace or involved excessive effort and time that I did not have. Then, one day, I ran out of cheese and needed something to spread on the bread for my daughter. I quickly searched online for vegan cheese recipes and landed on this super easy one. The more amazing part is this does not need nutritional yeast or any other special ingredient. This can be easily made with all ingredients available at home. I knew I had hit two birds with one stone – making the daughter happy as well as getting a simple and tasty recipe for the marathon. Such incidents are rare and hence I need to document this for posterity. Not to mention I used this cheese for my corn and cherry tomatoes crostini too.

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Protein – Cashewnuts

Recipe from here

Makes a small bowl 

WHAT WE NEED

Raw cashew nuts                       1/2 cup (65 gms)

Lemon juice                                1 tsp (5 ml)

Salt                                                1/4 tsp

Black peppercorns                     4

Water                                            1-2 tbsp + for soaking

WHAT TO DO

  • Soak the cashewnuts in water for an hour
  • Drain the water and transfer the cashews to a blender
  • Add the lemon juice, salt and peppercorns and blend to mix
  • Add 1 tbsp of water and blend until completely smooth
  • Add 1 tsp of water at a time to bring the mixture to your desired consistency
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy as a dip with vegetable sticks, nachos or fries!

NOTES

  1. I used 2 tbsp of water and the resulting cheese was more to a dip like consistency but I read that this can be used as a crumble over pizza, etc. So blend with 1 tbsp of water first and add 1 tsp of water at a time to bring it to your desired consistency
  2. If you soak the cashews for more than an hour then you will need lesser water to blend it to a smooth consistency

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This is my dish for the mega marathon under the theme, ‘Protein Rich Dishes’.
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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Srivalli Jetti says:

    The dip sounds super simple and yet so delicious..I was waiting for this when I read the mention the other day..very nice!

  2. Good one ! Very interesting dip , I have tried with walnuts but never with cashews. Look very creamy and what a wonderful source .

  3. Such a yummy dip.. Loved this version .. Carrot and chips complements the dip 🙂

  4. ahhh here is the cashew cheese recipe. Awesome sowmya. Bookmarked will definitely try it out.

  5. Priya Suresh says:

    I have made something similar with walnuts and this cashew cheese looks seriously very smooth and rich in texture,loving it.

  6. Most of vegan cheeses have hard to find ingredients and that is why I never tried it. You got lucky getting this amazing recipe without special ingredients. Looks like a really creamy and delicious cheese.

  7. This I have been waiting for Sowmya. Living in this place I get a huge variety of sizes and so you can guess what will be made on a regular basis. Basically, my girls are lactose sensitive (they claim never seen them grumbling when they eat pizza or ice cream) so cheese is not eaten this will fill the gap for me. Thanks,

  8. Anlet Prince says:

    This is fascnating. I wanted to taste it immediately. Bookmarked!!!

  9. Mayuri Patel says:

    I’ve read about cashew cheese as a replacement for vegans. Your version with simple ingredients available readily is a winner. You’re so right about seeds and nuts having so many nutritional benefits.

  10. Simply Tadka says:

    Its very innovative and unique recipe.. never heard about cashew cheese.

  11. I live this vegan version of the cheese and it must have tasted yummy with veggie sticks. Bookmarked to try later.

  12. Rajani says:

    A special recipe that too with ingredients we can actually pronounce is a rare gem indeed. Of course it’s worth documenting!

  13. sizzlingtastebuds says:

    ah ! thats a super find 🙂 vegan cheese with those veg crudités n nachos. my girls would love me if i made this !

  14. ruchi indu says:

    wow thats such a easy dip!! very vegan too

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