While the rest of the United States was busy dressing up for Halloween parties on Saturday night, my little family and I decided on some crafty fun. We carved our pumpkin and scooped out the seeds to make spicy curry pumpkin seeds. We had a few left over kernels and went big in the maraca direction making noisemakers!
All photos taken by: Mando Lopez and Nicole Presley
Here’s how we did it….
Ingredients for spicy curry pumpkin seeds:
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
enough water to fill a pot halfway
3 tablespoons of salt
juice from 1 1/2 limes. Should make about 3 tablespoons
1/4 teaspoon yellow curry powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon Tajin (chile and lime pepper)
non-stick cooking spray.
First cut into pumpkin and scoop out all the seeds…
Pour water into a medium sauce pan to fill halfway, then add salt. Bring salted water to a boil over medium flame. While you are waiting for your water to boil. Clean gunk off of pumpkin seeds by running under water.
Once water is boiling add pumpkin seeds and boil for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from flame and allow seeds to soak in hot water for another 5 to 10 minutes.
Then drain seeds and dry off on a paper towel.
Next mix lime juice, yellow curry, chipotle pepper, Lawry’s, and Tajin in a small bowl together well. Then add in dried off pumpkin seeds. Mix to coat.
Spray a baking sheet with a non-stick cooking spray and spread the coated pumpkin seeds on top in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden/dry. Keep an eye on your pumpkin seeds because they have a tendency to burn quickly.
Things needed for maracas:
– Empty 8oz. water bottle
– A round stick to fit opening of bottle
– Pumpkin seeds ( about 10 to 15)
– White spray paint
– Glue water (1 part glue, 1 part water)
– Tissue paper
– Construction paper
– Foil tape
– Aluminum foil
– White water-color paint
Start by spray painting the outside of the water bottle white. Allow it to dry a bit, then add pumpkin seeds inside.
Next take some glue and apply to the inside rim of the bottle. Then insert the round stick for a firm fit. Last wrap the foil tape around the opening and the stick.
What you do after this is entirely up to you. Create your spooky maracas anyway you wish. I used tissue paper to create the color of skin I desired. Take your gluewater and brush it on the entire bottle, then take strips of tissue paper and place them around the bottle. Next brush gluewater over the tissue strips. Repeat till you reach the desired hue. Then decorate it with felt, construction paper, paint, aluminum foil or sharpies to create the face of the maraca….. Here are a few examples of what we did.
Happy Halloween! Hope it’s a SCARY one!