This vegetarian Creamy Cashew Nut & Mushroom Curry recipe will hit those I-want-creamy-yumminess cravings!

Cashew nuts are high in fat, making them a great alternative to dairy products. So if you’re craving the creaminess minus the real dairy, then cashews are there to provide.

This recipe serves 4 – 6.


For the spice mix:

For the curry mix:

  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 400g portabellini or button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen

To serve: Rice, fresh coriander, toasted cashew nuts and finely sliced red onion


  1. Fry the onion, garlic and ginger in ghee along with all the spices in a large pot over medium heat. Cook until the spices become fragrant and the onion is tender. Add in the tin of tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir through the cashew nuts and remove from the heat.
  2. Add about 1 cup of cold water to the sauce and then carefully transfer to a blender (or use a stick blender). Blend until smooth and set aside. Taste for seasoning.
  3. Fry sliced mushrooms in the remaining ghee.
  4. Season with curry powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the blended sauce to the cooked mushrooms and bring to a simmer. Add the peas and cook for a minute.
  6. Spoon curry onto a bed of rice and top with fresh coriander and toasted cashew nuts.

Creamy Cashew Nut & Mushroom Curry Recipe Notes

This Creamy Cashew Nut & Mushroom Curry Recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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