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Chilli roasted Pistachios anyone?

These chilli roasted pistachios just plain gets it!

Great for picnics or snacks you can’t go wrong with this easy dish so I really hope you give it a try.

Once made, they keep for months in an air-tight container in a cool and dark place. I usually quadruple this recipe for that reason.

chilli roasted pistachios

These roasted pistachios are awesome cooked in the shell too! I prefer shelled though.

The spicy and savoury ingredients would work with almost any type of nut but I really love the flavour of these chilli roasted pistachios together with the tangy lime.

It works so well with the natural sweetness of pistachios. Plenty of salt is also a good thing. At least for your taste buds!

I purchase unsalted pistachios. If you can only find salted pistachios, leave the salt out of the recipe and add it at the end.

To shell or not to shell?

I like these both with the shells on or shelled.

If I’m cutting back on the calories, I leave them in the shells. It’s more work and they are also cheaper to purchase that way.

If you really want to go for it though, buy your pistachios shelled. Yum!

That’s how I usually do it.


Where is this roasted pistachio recipe from?

I’m not even sure if it’s Indian as I’ve never seen them served there. I first tried roasted pistachios like this at a curry house in Darlington.

They were so good and the perfect start to the meal. I think the chef there added a little honey to his roasted pistachios too but I like this recipe as is.

If you want to add a bit of sweetness, honey roasted pistachios are very good. Just add about 2 tsp honey to the following recipe.

Getting this recipe right.

When you first take the roasted pistachios out of the oven, they may not be as crunchy as you are expecting.

That’s ok! This recipe works. Just let them cool slightly and they will be deliciously crunchy.

Once you try the recipe, however you might like to try other variations. The main part of this recipe is the roasting time, add what you like.

Rosemary is awesome, pounded and then added to the marinade. So is black pepper! You might also like to adjust how much chilli powder you use.

Taste and adjust is what I always say.

Step by step instructions… Be sure to watch the video.

roasted pistachios

Add the olive oil and lime juice.


Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well to coat.


Baking pistachios

Bake until roasted to your liking. Be sure to stir from time to time.


chilli and garlic pistachios

I bet you can’t eat just one.


Salted pistachios

Add a bit more salt if you like.

If you like these salty and spicy chilli roasted pistachios, you might like to try some of these snacks too…

Samosa chaat
Toor dhal samosas
Spinach chaat
dahi papdi chaat
Roasted chickepeas

Yield: 10

How to make Chilli Roasted Pistachios

Salted pistachios
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups pistachios
  • 1/2 fresh lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat your oven 175°C (350°F).
  2. Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, salt and garlic powder. Stir in pistachios to coat evenly.
  3. Spread the nuts over a baking tray.
  4. Roast on the middle rack for about 20 - 30 minutes or until the spice mixture has dried on the nuts or shells.
  5. The aroma in your kitchen will be amazing as they roast.
  6. After about 30 minutes, remove the nuts from the oven. The nuts will get more crispy as they cool.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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Whether you are planning an Indian dinner or you just want something different to present at your next get-together, chilli roasted pistachio should be on your list.

Sue H

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Should raw pistachios be used for this recipe or are roasted /unsalted ones OK?


Thursday 15th of September 2022

@Dan Toombs, I used salted roasted with shell on and did 18 minutes and they look burnt. Any advice? I didn’t add more salt to the recipe since they were pre salted.

Dan Toombs

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Hi Sue Roasted/unsalted pistachios are fine. Thanks Dan

Steve Morris

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Hi dan. Hope your well, could you tell me the cup size for the chilli pistachios please.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Hi Steve

Thanks for getting in touch. I use 250ml cup measures but that isn't really important. Similar sized cups are fine.

Thanks, Dan


Thursday 23rd of November 2017

Thank you for this recipe: I'll be sharing this with my family on Thanksgiving

Leon and Sarah

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Hello, we're a couple of students. We live for pistachios and this looks like an amazing recipe to make pistachios even more fantastic and give them a bit of extra vavavoom. Would love to meet up with Laurie, Dan and Vanesther to have a pistachio tasting session. I'll bring my home grown pistachios. Our lives are pistachio All our love, Leon and Sarah xx


Sunday 1st of January 2012

These look fantastic. Will be trying very soon, and maybe also with cashew nuts...

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