My Favourite Hot Spiced Walnuts

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Delicious and addictive hot spiced walnuts

Delicious and addictive hot spiced walnuts

It’s the 2nd day of Chinese New Year…the year of the snake. My gosh….snake! Not one that I like. I just cringe at the thought of it. I heard it’s the year of the water snake……cringing even more now. I’m going to leave that aside and wish all my beloved readers here a Most Prosperous and Happy New Year! Oh wait, I’m really glad that I was not born in the year of the snake! My parents did plan for me well….*big grin*.

Hot and spicy sambal fish and potatoes

Hot and spicy sambal fish and potatoes

Chinese New Year is really not like Chinese New Year here. It’s so quiet everywhere! This must be the most relaxing Chinese New Year for my family this year. I think it’s very good for a change. There’s no elaborate meals….only healthy, simple and nice food. We still went for badminton on Chinese New Year Eve. How wonderful is that!….*big smiles*. But then, I had to rush back to cook for a pot luck dinner in church that evening. I brought 3 items……spicy sambal fish and potatoes, kuih lapis and rice. My best is still my hot and spicy sambal. If you like it, you can check it out at My Best Sambal Ikan Bilis.

Calling home at this time can be really torturing. I have been bombarded with all the special delicacies that everyone is enjoying back home. Everyone seems to be loaded with good food. The pictures they sent say it all. How envious! I’m not singing the song ‘Killing Me Softly with his Words’ but singing ‘Killing Me Softly with their food’….haha. Well, to feel better, I tell myself that at least I don’t struggle with weight gain after Chinese New Year….hehe.

Now, what is one of my top favourite food for this Chinese New Year? I’ll tell you…..nuts! It’s walnuts! Yes, walnuts! I have been snacking on them. They are spicy and really addictive. Just so good….mmmm.

Walnuts is an amazing nut. It is considered as the king of nuts for its health benefits. The look resembles that of the brain and is thus reputed to be highly beneficial to our intellectual brain function. It is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s also high in omega-3 which is important for optimum health. Studies have shown that eating walnuts can help to prevent or slow down the development of tumours and even dementia. It can also help to lower cholesterol, high blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks. Because of it’s high calorific value, it’s suggested that eating 7 walnuts a day is good enough to benefit your health.

You can use walnuts in several ways. You can bake and snack on them like what I like or you can add them to your salad or even use them in baking cakes. But here, I’m going to share with you my favourite walnuts as a healthy snack, coated with spices and baked. It’s quick, simple and easy. Here’s my recipe:

500g walnuts
1/2T ground ginger
1/2T ground cinnamon
1/2T ground coriander
1/2T ground cumin
1/2T ground garam masala
1/2T ground salt
1/2T hot cayenne pepper
1/2T salt
2T sugar
3T water



Add all the ingredients above (except walnuts) in a bowl. Mix until the salt and sugar dissolve.

Mix walnuts with seasoning

Mix walnuts with seasoning

Put the walnut into a mixing bowl. Add the mixed seasonings. Mix well. Spread onto a paper-lined tray and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 8-10 minutes.

Bake, stir and bake again

Bake, stir and bake again

Take it out, give a good stir and back into the oven for another 3-5 minutes. It may still look a little moist and soft but don’t worry. It will crisp as it cools down and dries up. When cool, keep in an airtight container and enjoy snacking! DO NOT over bake. Otherwise the nuts will taste bitter. You can add other spices if you like.

Right, now is your turn to make some healthy nuts to snack. Hope you have much fun celebrating Chinese New Year with your loved ones or just visiting Chinese friends. Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days. 13 more days to go!

Til then, see you in my next post!

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somewhere in singapore  on February 12th, 2013

U didn’t go back hometown for CNY?

somewhere in singapore  on February 12th, 2013

Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family!!!

Blackswan  on February 12th, 2013

Hot Spiced Walnuts?? Those must be some delicious snacks for CNY! I’m imagining sitting in front of my TV finishing them all. Lol!

Happy CNY to u, dear! xoxo

suituapui  on February 12th, 2013

Not crazy about walnuts…and not usually available here except the factory packed ones, perhaps. Mighty expensive.

Mich Piece of Cake  on February 12th, 2013

Your walnuts and spicy fish/potatoes is making me drool and very hungry.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on February 13th, 2013

I dare not to make nutty snacks any more, as I always finish them way too delicious and addictive!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on February 13th, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year, Mary.

Mary  on February 13th, 2013

@somewhere in singapore - No, still here in Aberdeen…sob sob. Now you make me sob even louder! :P Hope you and your family have lots of fun there. Wishing you a prosperous and happy new year! :D

@Blackswan - Yes, perfect for the new year, so that I will have a brainy new year ahead…..haha. And you are sure very right. I dare not eat in front of the tv :D Wishing you a prosperous and happy new year!

@suituapui - You are missing out on the good stuff, Arthur :D Ya, I think I don’t see them back home too…..hmmm. Usually just cashew nuts I think.

@Mich Piece of Cake - Haha…trying to imagine that. Just like when I visit your blog :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - I’m guilty of that :P It’s irresistible! Wishing you and your family a prosperous and happy new year!

TasteHongKong  on February 14th, 2013

Quiet though, wish you a happy, healthy year of snake, Mary!

Belinda @zomppa  on February 14th, 2013

Those sure look addictive! Happy new year!

Juliana  on February 14th, 2013

Mary, I like the idea of spicy walnut…I have to give this a try…
Happy Chinese New Year!

tigerfish  on February 14th, 2013

The spiced walnuts sounds like easy snacks to prepare!

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

DG  on February 14th, 2013

I love spicy food, Both walnut & potato look so delicious! Wishing you and your family a happy & prosperous new year, Mary :)

Katerina  on February 15th, 2013

Happy Chinese Nwe Year Mary! It’s good from time to time to celebrate in a more quiet manner!

Mistletoe  on February 17th, 2013

I’m actually very tempted to try these despite my allergies. Haha. I love almost anything spicy. Problem is, if I try, I may not have the will power to stop myself. They DO look really yummy! Btw, kiddies and I tried to call you today to wish you a happy Birthday but understandably you were probably busy and didn’t pick up. Hope you had a blast!! Big hugs!!

Sophie  on February 21st, 2013

What a great & tasty walnut recipe: all spiced up! Yeah!! Those spced walnuts would go great on top of a walnut or other dessert: for added flavour & spiceness!

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