More About Sri Lankan Cashew Curry

Active Time

25 minutes

Total Time

1 hour, plus overnight soaking


4 Servings
2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight
1 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 2"-piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped
2 tsp. homemade or store-bought unroasted Sri Lankan curry powder
½ tsp. ground turmeric
½ tsp. paprika
1¼ tsp. kosher salt, plus more
1¼ cups unsweetened coconut milk
Lime wedges (for serving)

Step 1
Drain and rinse cashews; set aside. Heat coconut oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and translucent, 5–7 minutes.

Step 2
Add curry powder, turmeric, paprika, and 1¼ tsp. salt to pot and cook, stirring to coat aromatics, until toasted and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Step 3
Add 1½ cups water to pot, scraping up any browned bits stuck to bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir in coconut milk and reserved cashews and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat so mixture is at a rapid simmer and cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting heat as needed, until cashews soften slightly and liquid is reduced by two thirds, 25–35 minutes. Remove from heat and let cashew curry sit 10 minutes (sauce will continue to thicken as it cools). Squeeze in lime juice; taste and season with more salt if needed.

Date & Time

January 10, 2025

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