5 Halloween Inspired D-I-Y Recipes!

"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality"
                                                                 - Cheshire Cat 

           
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It is that time of the year again where we would all be watching spooking movies, sitting cuddled up in our cosy blankets and sipping hot chocolate or some steaming good ol' coffee. Although we just celebrated Halloween, we are still in the Halloween spirit and we think it's never too late to celebrate right? We just want to say that it is perpetually that time of the year for us and Halloween was just round the corner. It is OFFICIALLY the season of those cute pumpkins to come out so we decided to share 5 easy DIY recipes for Halloween that will help in the merry making, be it Halloween or not. Also, we can play a game of Quiddich post binging, what say?
  • Roast Pumpkin and Chicken Salad
Salads for Halloween? We say, why not! This specially curated Halloween inspired salad by Chef Rahul Arora is the BOMB. Try out something different this Halloween. You can create an entire pumpkin inspired meal for Halloween - start with this salad and build your way through. Here's how to make it :


Image courtesy : Chef Rahul Arora

INGREDIENTS :

Pumpkin 100g (cubes)
Salt to taste
Pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Chopped mint leaves

Mix all ingredients and bake in the oven for 15 mins at 200 degrees Celsius

Chicken Leg boneless 100 g
Black pepper sauce 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

PROCEDURE :

Marinate the chicken meat with salt and black pepper sauce leave aside for 30 minutes. Bake at 150 degrees for  45 minutes. Do not throw away the pan juices.

Assorted lettuce 100 g
10 Cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp toasted almond flakes
1 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Honey
2 tbsp Diced bell peppers
1 tbsp Olives slices

Make a bed with the washed lettuce. Arrange halved tomatoes, olives, and bell peppers. Place the pumpkin on the salad, slice the chicken and add to the salad. Whisk the chicken pan juices, honey and lemon juice to form a dressing. Pour over the salad, and finish with almonds.



PS : You can also get this at Bon Appetit outlets.
  • Spiced Pumpkin Cake
Leave it on Chef Rahul Arora to come up with amazing cake and treats on Halloween and Christmas. He makes a real mean cake every year and these are totally up for grabs. Check out his specially curated Spiced Pumpkin Cake for Halloween. In case, you want to create your own version, here's how :


Image Courtesy : Chef Rahul Arora

INGREDIENTS :

Pumpkin 400 gram
Powdered sugar 120g
Four 120g
1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
Salt 1 pinch
Cashew 25g
Walnut 25g
Raisins 25g
1/2 tsp Baking powder 
1/2 tsp Baking soda
75 ml Peanut oil
2 Eggs

PROCEDURE :

Grate the pumpkin and keep it aside. Then chop the nuts and them keep aside.
In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, eggs till they are evenly mixed. Then  add flour, baking powder, and soda and mix well
Add the spices, salt, and pumpkin and mix for 5 mins. The pumpkin will release some moisture to form a cake batter. Bake it for 30 mins at 180 degrees and viola!



PS : You can also get this at Bon Appetit outlets.
  • Erissery
Apart from the usual Halloween inspired recipes, we decided to pull something different out of the bag so here's something that will stand out from the crowd and will give a new twist to Halloween. This is Erissery, which is one of the traditional recipes of Kerala. A merge between the sweetness of pumpkin and coconut that is bound to elevate the dish and play hopscotch with your taste buds.


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INGREDIENTS :

Yellow Pumpkin : 1 cup (diced)
Red oriental beans : ½ cup
Turmeric powder : ¼ tsp
Salt to taste

To Grind -
Small Onion /Shallots : 1-2 (optional)
Green Chillies : 3-4
Grated Coconut : ½ cup
Cumin Seeds : ½ tsp

For Tempering -
Dry Red Chillies : 2
Grated Coconut : 4 tbsp
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
Coconut Oil : 2 tsp

PROCEDURE :

Soak red beans overnight; pressure cook the beans with enough water, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt for 4-5 whistle. After the pressure settles open the cooker.
Add the pumpkin piece and cook uncovered till the pumpkin turns to soft and tender; when the pumpkin and beans is cooked slightly mash the pumpkin pieces.
Grind grated coconut, cumin seeds, green chillies and small onions with little water to coarse smooth paste.
Note : The paste should not be watery, it should be in chutney consistency.
Add this ground coconut paste and mix thoroughly with pumpkin and red beans.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan , add mustard seeds when its starts to splutter, add dry red chillies, grated coconut and curry leaves and fry till they turn golden brown.
Pour this tempering and drizzle ½ tsp of coconut oil over the gravy and mix well. Viola! This can be served with kerala red rice and papadam.

  • Stuffed Jack- O -Lantern Bell Peppers
These cute stuffed Jack - o- lantern bell peppers are the cutest thing that could be adorning your dining space. The best part about this dish? Stuff the bell papers with anything that you fancy. Could be pasta, or meat or even a nice ricotta spinach pumpkin filling, absolutely whatever you please.


Image Courtesy : puretasterecipes.com
Recipe Courtesy : allrecipes.com

INGREDIENTS :

6 Bell Peppers; any colours
1 Pound ground beef
1 Egg
4 Slices of whole wheat bread (cubed)
1 Small chopped onion
1 Small tomato diced
2 Cloves garlic minced
1/2 Cup chilli sauce
1/4 Prepared yellow mustard
3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

PROCEDURE :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.
Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Wash the peppers, and cut jack-o'-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores. 
Stuff the peppers lightly with the beef stuffing, and place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other.
Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy, about 1 hour.

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
The most talked about drink in the fall is the pumpkin spice latte. We all know that Starbucks makes a mean version of this bomb, but here's the thing - Now you can make it in your home as well and it is easy AF.


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INGREDIENTS FOR PUMPKIN SPICE :

2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

PROCEDURE  :

In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 2 cups milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. 
Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture starts to steam. 
Remove from heat and carefully pour mixture into a blender. Cover, hold the lid on tightly, and blend for about 15 seconds, or until frothy.

Trick or Treat? Hope you guys enjoy the fall spree and post Halloween feels just as much as we do!

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