Halloween Treats - Homemade - Non Candy treats - Mandarin Pumpkins - Mirch Masala

It is just one more day to Halloween. Honestly, it is not one of my favorite holidays. Too much weird man-made spookiness going on out there. Don’t even get me started on the costumes. If I had my way, I will not dress up, but usually we have a party or something to go to and I don’t want to be the one not dressed up!  V is also not old enough to know about this and demand a certain character to be dressed up as. So, not much pressure there also. Maybe, just for this year Smile

What I do love about this holiday is all the cute spooky food. Not the real gross ones that you are not sure if you want to put them in your mouth. I have been scouring Pinterest for some fun ideas for a Pumpkin Carving party we threw a couple of weekends ago. I came across a lot of ideas and hand picked a few to make on my own. These are probably the easiest and the least time consuming of all the Halloween treats out there! Also some of the non candy, real food, Halloween treats that are healthy and good for you to eat!

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Roasted Squash and Kale Salad - Fall Thanksgiving Salad Recipe - Mirch Masala

I once read somewhere about making a perfect salad – the components that need to go into it that make every bite refreshingly good. The greens, of course, are an integral part. If you want it to be a little more filling, add some whole grains like quinoa, couscous, wheat berries etc. You need a sweet component, which will be a fruit or in this case, the roasted squash. You need some crunch, so go on an toast some nuts and add to the salad. If you really want to treat yourself, go for candied nuts! Some cheese – soft cheese like feta, goat cheese and blue cheese or shaved parmesan, grated pecorino etc. Wait, we almost forgot the most important part – the acid. It comes from the dressing. It could be a simple lemon-olive oil dressing or a vinegar dressing. I do not prefer the creamier dressings that much, though I sometimes like my dressing a little on the sweeter side – like a blueberry vinegar or a raspberry jam-olive oil dressing. Read More


Cardamom Rose Milk

October 22, 2014
Cardamom Rose Milk - Mirch Masala

Happy Diwali to all of Mirch Masala’s readers who celebrate this festival of lights. Diwali, as you may have read in previous posts, has a very special place in me and there are so many fond memories associated with this as with any other festivals. Here in Seattle, thousands of miles away from family, we […]

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Dates and Nuts Laddoo ~ Dates and Nuts Balls

October 21, 2014
Dates and Nuts Laddoo - Diwali recipe - Mirch Masala

These probably are some of the worst pictures I have taken so far. I used to get nice shots near this window which has translucent blinds on it. But lately, a couple of pictures I have taken there have distinct weird shadows and over exposed portions to it. I am definitely missing something here and […]

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Pumpkin Hummus | A Fall Recipe

October 19, 2014
Pumpkin Hummus - Fall Thanksgiving Recipe - Vegan, Vegetarian - Mirch Masala

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love summer too. Now that I think of it, I don’t mind winter all that much. Actually, that is not entirely true. I only love the holidays and the snow in winter. And here in Seattle, winter does not always mean snow. Spring is ok. It takes […]

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Oat Milk Smoothie | Little People Food

October 17, 2014
Peanut Butter, Banana and Oat Milk Smoothie - Little People Food - Mirch Masala - Vegan Vegetarian Gluten Free

Let us take a break from all that Diwali action that is happening there and go back to regularly scheduled everyday meals program. I have been so immersed in making all the goodies for Diwali that I have been having a mind block to cook normal regular food – dinners, breakfasts and what not. I […]

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Okkarai ~ Roasted Chana Dal with Jaggery and Coconut |A Diwali Recipe

October 16, 2014
Okkarai - Roasted Chana Dal with Jaggery and Coconut - Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

Nothing screams Diwali in a TamBrahm household like Okkarai. It is one of those things that you make only for this one holiday and that’s it. No other time of the year! Maybe, that is why it feels so special. Diwali mornings are all about getting up early, way early. Hours before the crack of […]

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Aval Laddoo / Poha Laddoo with Coconut ~ Beaten Rice and Coconut Balls

October 14, 2014
Aval Laddoo Poha Laddoo with Coconut Diwali Recipe Mirch Masala

Don’t worry if you have not heard of a laddoo / laddu made with Aval or Poha. I had not heard of it either, till I made this one. I was looking around all the South Indian cookbooks I have for any new Diwali recipes that I can try for this year and accidentally came […]

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Kara Sev – Fried Spiced Chickpea Flour Sticks | A Diwali Recipe

October 13, 2014
Kara Sev - A Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

What I like about Diwali is not just all the sweet goodies that gets made, but also the addition of savory snacks that somehow makes eating all of that sweetness a little bit more bearable. Have a couple of laddoos or burfis and switch to a handful of murukku or sev and keep switching. Rest […]

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cardamom Spiced Honey Apple Compote

October 12, 2014
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cardamom Spiced Honey Apple Compote - Mirch Masala

This is just gonna be one of those blog posts with not much writing from my end. I make pancakes for V’s breakfast, at least a couple of times a week and once I had some applesauce that was about to near its expiry date and wanted to finish it. So, I added that and […]

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