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Cashew Nut Curry

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Orla Walsh, RD
Orla Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Physiologist. Orla is the founder of Orla Walsh Nutrition, she is the former performance nutritionist to the Irish Olympic team and is regular contributor for the Irish Independent newspaper, RTE and Newstalk FM.

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This is so easy and quick to make. Make it with chicken, paneer (vegetarian version) or tofu (vegan option). If using paneer, use 1 block. Same goes for tofu.

I like the texture of chopped mushrooms in it, but if you’re not mad on mushrooms, or have kids that pick them out, whiz them up in the blender too.


  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 50g cashews
  • 1 heaped tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (use paprika if your kids don’t like spice)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp yoghurt
  • 500g chicken breast or thighs (deboned and skin removed, can buy them like this)
  • 1 packet of mushrooms (about 200g)
  • 300ml water

How to make it

  • Blend the onions, tomato puree, garlic, and spices together with the lemon juice and yoghurt. Include the mushrooms if you want a smoother sauce.
  • Cook this mixture on a pan for 2 minutes before adding in the chicken. Cook for a few minutes and make sure the chicken is nicely coated.
  • Pour the water on top and bring up the heat until you’ve a nice simmer going.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes (breast) or 20 minutes (thigh). Make sure your chicken is cooked through.
  • While cooking your chicken you can be making your rice.
  • I always serve veg on the side of dinner as I want my kids to be familiar and ok with veg within sauces and served on their own. I sometimes add cauliflower in with the rice to bump up the plants and fibre within the meal.

Nutritional Information

1/4 of mixture

  • 287 calories
  • 33g protein
  • 2.5g fibre

Serve with brown rice (75g dry weight) and a portion of broccoli – nutritional information (total)

  • 579 calories
  • 41g protein
  • 4.5g fibre

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