Paleo Curried Almonds

Paleo Curried Almonds are packed with super food spices that contain nutritious anti-inflammatory compounds. This easy paleo snack recipe is made with 7 ingredients! All you need to whip it up is almonds, turmeric, coriander, cumin, black pepper, olive oil, and salt. Perfect served with cocktails, this Paleo Curried Almonds recipe is simple yet elegant.

What is Curry?

The word “curry” refers to a blend of spices, and is a generic term used in Western culture. In the traditional cuisines of Southeast Asia, the precise spice blend of a curry can be determined by everything from regional preferences to family customs.

The Western version of curry, a commercially prepared mixture of spices, dates back to the 18th century. During my Ayurvedic training in the early 1990’s we were taught to prepare our own curries using a suribachi to grind the whole spices. The freshly ground spices have an especially aromatic quality and retain their nutritional benefit. This is what makes homemade curry blends so special.

While I enjoy preparing a variety of curries, I think this one goes best with almonds.  The following outlines the benefits of the various spices in the curry below:


Derived from an orange root that looks similar to ginger root, turmeric is a potent, yet safe anti-inflammatory. It can be used in the treatment of IBD, rheumatoid arthritis, and in the prevention of cancer. Turmeric is also thought to lower cholesterol, and provide protection to the cardiovascular system, and also may aid in liver function.


This spice is useful in controlling of blood sugar, as well as cholesterol. Further, coriander contains an antibacterial compound that may prove to be a wonderfully natural means of fighting salmonella and other bacteria.


Useful in the production of iron, as well as effective in boosting immune function, cumin is also known to be of great benefit to the digestive system. This spice may also protect against certain types of cancer.

Paleo Curried Almonds

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  • Place oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add almonds to skillet
  • Stir in salt, turmeric, pepper, cumin, and coriander
  • Continue toasting almonds in skillet until fragrant, about 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow nuts to cool in pan
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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We love serving Paleo Curried Almonds with hors d’oeuvres, or as tasty hit of protein when we’re in a hurry. Here are some of my other healthy paleo snack recipes:


23 responses to “Paleo Curried Almonds”

  1. I love making spiced nuts like this. If I do almonds, I really like to blanch them first, but I think toasted pecans (with corriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and a bit of cayenne) are my favorite!

  2. LOVE almonds! I usually eat them raw or with tamari or wasabi. However, they’d likely taste a million times better if I made them myself, with my own freshly-ground spices. I never think to do that, but this post inspires me to do just that!

  3. I’m just sitting down to my desk now with the batch I just made. They are delicious! I might add more spices next time, since I like the strong curry flavour.

    • Although, I did use pre-ground spices. I’m sure with freshly ground, the flavour would be even better.

  4. Thanks for sharing! My daughter loves curry, but is allergic to cinnamon. This looks like it would be an easy first-attempt at making my own!

  5. Such a savory treat, Elana! They also sound so healthy – thanks for all of the information on the benefits of these spices! It’s always nice to get a reminder of how good these are for our health (and not just our taste buds!)!!! xoxo

    • Elana does not answer comments anymore. I think you could use either-depending on your dietary preference. The nutrients are more bioavailable in soaked and dehydrated almonds.

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