Well, Halloween is upon us - costumes, pumpkin carving, decorations, scary movies, and all. To me as an adult (sigh), one of the best things about Halloween is the pumpkin seeds (and the horror movies...). Why? First, because I think it's fun how removing and sifting through the pulp (or "glop" as my kids call it) really grosses out my kids. Second, I simply love roasting the pumpkin seeds. The smell of roasting seeds in my oven just says "Autumn" to me!
I should also mention that I also really, really like a good chai tea. The best I have ever found is the hot vegan chai at a little place called Te House of Tea in the Montrose area of Houston. Anyway.....I digress.
With all that said, you can probably understand why my Recipe of the Week this week is: Chai Tea Pumpkin Seeds. It's from Shef's Kitchen, a wonderful blog focused on Indian cooking. I had the good fortune to meet Shef a few times a year or two ago when I was helping a kitchen store in Austin. She's a really nice lady who teaches classes (that everyone loves!) and shares recipes.
This recipe seems simple enough...roast and season some pumpkin seeds, right?. Well, not quite. While it's not a particularly difficult recipe, there are a few things that could be a little more involved - and can be done in advance. A few notes for you:
- Chai masala is at the heart of this recipe. It's a blend of several spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, etc. You can buy some at the store (especially at an Indian market) or make your own. If you want to make some yourself, Shef points us to to a really nice recipe to make chai masala at home: Chai Masala Spice Blend.
- Another (optional) part of the recipe is to pre-boil the seeds. This is a way to let some saltiness penetrate into the seeds (vs. just seasoning the outside). It's not necessary; but if you wanted to (and have the time to), this link has the details on how to pre-boil the seeds: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from the Simply Recipes website. Shef provides this link in her recipe also.
So if you love your pumpkin seeds roasted and love that warm, fragrant chai spice, I say give this one a try!