Olya Kajuchi Usal is a Konkani curry made of tender cashews, mixed vegetables and some delectable spices and condiments. This delicacy is flavoured with a refreshing paste of ginger, garlic, coconut, chillies and coriander leaves. It is further cooked in a sautéed mixture of tomatoes, onions, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and malwani masala (aromatic blend of dry-roasted whole spices). Regulate water added to get the desired consistency and stir in some salt, jaggery and kokum after it is allowed to simmer on a medium flame. Olya Kajuchi Usal tastes best with a variety of unleavened Indian flatbreads.
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