Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts

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These sweet and savory Indian spiced mixed nuts are full of warm spices including cinnamon, cardamom, and brown sugar. Perfect for snacking, entertaining, or gifting.

Grabbing a handful of Indian spiced mixed nuts.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting in the kitchen to create edible gifts to hand out to our extended family on Christmas Eve. The big event takes place at my mom’s house, and we usually host 35 or more family members. Coming from a long line of foodies, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I’m not the only one handing out edible gifts. In fact, every year I bank on getting a fresh jar of my Aunt Paula’s Clarified Butter (Ghee) or, as we call it, Syrian butter. We love bringing different goodies that are easy to snack on, and this year we are making big batches of my sweet, salty, and slightly spicy Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts, inspired by some of my favorite Indian flavors!


Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts ingredients
  • Mixed nuts: You can make your own mix, or use a store-bought tin. I like to use a combination of almonds, pecans, and walnuts. You could also use cashews or peanuts!
  • Coconut oil: A healthy way to coat the nuts and mix the spices together.
  • Brown sugar: Makes the nuts have a hint of sweet, and it blends well with the spices.
  • Garam masala: An Indian spice blend that is commonly used in curries and other dishes, it adds great flavor to the nuts.
  • Cinnamon: A little sweet, warm, and woody in taste, cinnamon pairs well with both the sweet and savory elements.
  • Cardamom: Another common Indian spice, it also has notes of sweet and spicy flavor, along with some citrus undertones.
  • Salt: Salt is necessary to both balance out the flavors, and enhance natural flavors of the nuts.
  • Cayenne: Really adds a nice kick of heat to the nuts. If you’re worried about them being too spicy, leave it out.

How to Make INdian Spiced Mixed nuts

Mixing Indian spice

Start your Indian spiced nuts by melting your coconut oil in a large bowl. Once melted, whisk in the spices, brown sugar, and salt. Stir until fully combined.

Laying out indian spiced mixed nuts

Add the nuts to the bowl and toss to coat well in the spice mixture. Then dump onto a prepared baking sheet, either sprayed with cooking oil or lined with aluminum foil.

Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts laid out on baking sheet

Spread out into an even layer, then toss in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Indian spiced mixed nuts up close.

Once done, let sit until they are cool enough to touch. Then enjoy your Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts warm from the oven, or at room temperature.

Frequently Asked Questions

What nuts are used in INdian cooking?

Pistachios, cashews, peanuts, and almonds are all commonly found in Indian dishes.

How do you get seasoning to stick to nuts?

There are a lot of different mediums you can use, including coconut oil, olive oil, or butter. Some recipes even have you use egg whites!

How long do home roasted nuts last?

These spiced nuts will last in an airtight container for up to a week.

Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts

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Liz eating Indian spiced mixed nuts.

If Indian inspired flavors aren’t your jam, get creative and make your own favorite spice blend. These nuts would be just as delicious with a little smoked paprika and sea salt, cinnamon and brown sugar, or olive oil and rosemary. The options are endless!

No fork required.

Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts up close

Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts

4.21 stars average
These sweet and savory Indian-Spiced Mixed Nuts are full of warm spices including cinnamon, cardamom and brown sugar. Perfect for snacking, entertaining or gifting.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 35 minutes



  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and have a baking pan ready to use.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil with brown sugar and all spices (garam masala through cayenne.) Add nuts to the bowl and toss well to coat.
  • Lay spice-coated nuts in an even layer on baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing once half way through the cooking process. Serve warm or store in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.

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Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 5.9gProtein: 3.8gFat: 21.2gSaturated Fat: 4.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 146mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 2.6g
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38 responses to “Indian Spiced Mixed Nuts”

  1. Crol Avatar

    Is there any substitute for coconut oil?
    Thank you!
    Happy Holidays

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You could also use olive oil or butter!

  2. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    Spicy flavored nuts are always a HUGE holiday hit. These look fantastic!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Brandy!!

  3. Joanne Avatar

    I love that you guys do homemade gifts! They are basically the gifts that keep on giving. Especially these nuts! The perfect spiced up snack.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha YES!! I have such a huge extended family – it’s nice to have something for everyone!

  4. Amanda Avatar

    I love the spices you used for these!!!

  5. Gaby Avatar

    These nuts will be perfect as a hostess gift! Delicious!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Gaby! Merry Christas!

  6. sheila Avatar

    You know how I love garam marsala! These nuts look amazing. Thanks for sharing my yumms!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I know you do girl!! xoxo

  7. lindsay Avatar

    oh can you send me some! i think santa forgot this on his list! haha. YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha I wish I could!!

  8. Jaclyn Avatar

    My husband is nuts (sorry I had to!) for Indian food, so I think these will be perfect for one of his stocking stuffers!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahaha We are nuts for Indian food too!!

  9. Nicole Avatar

    Love the flavor you added to this nut mix! What a great snack for the holidays!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much!!! I love using Indian spices!

  10. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    Love that Asher is so into cooking! He is so adorable. These nuts are definitely my jam and sound amazing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      He really is – it’s so cute!! And he’s actually pretty decent :)