Seriously Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Isn’t it strange how siblings that are brought up the same way and made to eat the same food sometimes develop very different taste bud preferences? My brother will not put a single spicy thing in his mouth. He has, however, eaten worms. And I don’t think I could do that.

Sorry, back to the issue of spiciness, on the contrary, if there were such a thing as being addicted to super hot spicy food, if it were one day scientifically proven, I would certainly put up my hand and claim to be so.

Would you eat worms? How are your tolerance levels to chilli?



Spicy Curry and Cumin Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

From this years Halloween pumpkin, I wanted to make its pumpkin seeds seriously spicy, so I threw in a large amount of grated chilli flakes without thinking twice. If your hot and spicy tolerance levels aren’t so high, add less chili flakes. Or just omit them.


1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili flakes
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to  180ºC. Peel and chop the garlic into tiny pieces. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Pour and spread onto an ovenproof pan. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Take out and re-stir every 10 minutes.


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  1. apuginthekitchen 2015-11-08 at 23:28

    I love toasted pumpkin seeds, I would probably tone down the spicy a bit but love your combination of flavors, Would be great with an cold beer.

    1. Sofia 2015-11-09 at 17:36

      You’re so right, this would go well with cold beer! It would be great if we could make a milder batch and share them together. x

      1. apuginthekitchen 2015-11-09 at 17:51

        Would love it. I can imagine how it is with the beer and myself eating way too many of them.

        1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:27

          We’d have to make a huge quantity then because I’ll eat too many aswell 🙂

  2. missemzyy 2015-11-09 at 01:05

    Yum!! I love anything spicy! They look soo moreish!

  3. Saskia (1=2) 2015-11-09 at 01:28

    Yep, my 2 boys have wildly different food prefs. Eldest is adventurous, can’t get enough chilli n’ spice and loves to help in the kitchen. Youngest has a small repertoire of foods he will willingly eat, absolutely freaks out at the smallest hint of chilli and whines when asked to help with food prep!
    But back to your pumpkin seeds, which totally leapt out at me on Instagram! YUM! I’ve never roasted my own pumpkin seeds, and am ashamed to admit that as we are big hooverers of pumpkin soup in the colder months. I can imagine the flavour of these, and as the lady above said, they’d go perfectly with an ice cold beer!

    1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:29

      I suppose the eldest is “old enough” for chilli though, because they often don’t like it because they are too small, right? Maybe the youngest will develop new taste buds to them one day?
      Oh if you do have seeds from your pumpkins, just rinse them, let them dry a bit, pop whatever herbs and spices you want and then into the oven. Then you can’t stop snacking…

  4. Darya 2015-11-09 at 08:03

    I used to hate spicy foods, now I love them! And I love pumpkin seeds too! Don’t know about eating worms… I was never offered any! I hope you’re well.

    1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:30

      Hi Darya! Really? I wonder if it’s a taste thing or a tolerance thing? I’m well, thank you, and how are you? xx

  5. Mabel Kwong 2015-11-09 at 10:05

    I love the taste of chilli but unfortunately my body doesn’t handle spicy that well. It doesn’t give me the runs but I get stomach ulcers if I eat too much spicy food – sort of if I ate five bites of more of something spicy, it’s time to stop. The rest of my family are big chilli eaters and they often laugh at me and say I’m “too white” when I refuse to eat spicy dishes at the dinner table. Once I made myself a packet of Maggi Mee curry instant noodles, red soup and all. I ate the whole thing, drinking big mouthfuls of cold milk in between. My stomach did feel a bit painful after that. Lesson learnt.

    As for worms, no. Just no 😀

    1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:33

      Haha your family is funny, too white for spicy. Maggi Mee?? Oh for goodness sake, maybe it wasn’t the spice but the other load of unwanted ingredients in that that may have made you feel a bit painful 😉
      No to worms, lets toast to that!

  6. Dalo 2013 2015-11-09 at 12:27

    It is a bit strange how two people brought up in the same environment really do develop different tastes. I’m more like your brother in that worms are not too bad 🙂 It took me quite awhile in China to get use to anything spicy ~ but when I finally did, it is fantastic. However, I still find myself having to be in the right mood for spicy foods otherwise it is too spicy. Those pumpkin seeds look awesome…

    1. Sofia 2015-11-09 at 17:38

      You’ve eaten worms too?? You can join my brother then… Ok I think if I were to eat worms, it would have to be bathed in so much spice that you can’t tell. You’d also have to trick me, not tell me there are worms. The pumpkin seeds were awesome, do you want to share a milder batch?

      1. Dalo 2013 2015-11-10 at 02:55

        Ha, ha ~ yes, it was during an outdoor camp when I was young…things we could eat in the wild to survive. Worms and lemon ants were my favorites 🙂 Had fried scorpions in China (you’d like them, they were very spicy). And please, please I’d love to share a milder batch of pumpkin seeds…they’re one of my favorites 🙂

        1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:37

          Were you lost and had nothing else to eat? Or was it a child curiousity thing? And did you eat them raw. and alive?? Eew. Were the fried scorpions in chilli sauce? So many questions. Lets share a batch of milder pumpkin seeds so you can answer everything 😉

          1. Dalo 2013 2015-11-11 at 03:45

            A child curiosity/educational thing – we were given the option of trying to eat them (alive – nature’s sashimi) and our teacher did…and our teacher was cool, so I wanted to be cool too 🙂 The scorpions were fried and then peppered with spices, not too spices and very crunchy. When they were fried, their tails naturally curl up, so they looked so cool with their stingers ready and poised for action (the chef said the frying gets rid of the venom). Yes, a mild batch of pumpkin seeds would be perfect, just let me know when they are ready 🙂

  7. Kiss & Make-up 2015-11-09 at 14:24

    I was just thinking that I was getting bored of plain pumpkin seeds! I’ll have to try this, sounds good, I like spicy!

    1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:38

      Yes do, you just need to throw everything together (in whichever quantities you want really) and shove it in the oven for 30 minutes!

  8. Lily @ChloeAsh 2015-11-09 at 14:45

    Worms! I can’t. We were in Bangkok and they had gourmet insects. Gourmet or not, once you throw insects into the pile, I just couldn’t do it. Blergh!!!
    And give me all the spiciness! I love hot and spicy food. I think we have spicy pumpkin seeds prepacked here, if I’m not mistaken. Chili and coconut coated peanuts are yum by the way 🙂

    1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:39

      Gourmet insects? Nah, I wouldn’t want to try them either.. You’ve reminded me of the spicy yam I think it was I used to have when I was around the area… yum!

  9. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2015-11-09 at 16:24

    I grew up with both parents LOVING spicy food. But NOT me! I was an only child, very pampered by my parents, so they made sure I would not eat spicy foods. My mother would fix the usual meal, and set aside the meat without the spice just for me. Like I said, pampered AND spoiled! So I never learned to eat spicy food…!

    And Sofia, be glad that is the only major difference between your brother and yourself. I have heard from friends that their siblings are so different, they wonder if they came from the same parents! LOL!

    1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:40

      But you can start “learning” now, no? hehe Yes, I think that is the only mayor difference…

  10. Mitzie Mee 2015-11-09 at 20:55

    Sounds like my kind of snack! Today I would say that my chili tolerance level is quite high. At least when it’s the kind of chili they use in Thailand. After a couple of days in Bangkok, I can have my food Thai spicy, without crying and sweating:) Though I’ve not always been a fan of spicy food, and when I was a kid, I preferred my food with no seasoning at all, not even salt and pepper:)

    1. Sofia 2015-11-10 at 16:42

      OK, Thailand spicy standards are pretty high standards I would say, lol. Not even salt and pepper? Well I’m certain that has changed!

  11. vivian | t w o w a r d 2015-11-11 at 14:23

    Hi Sofia! Thank you for visiting my blog the other day! I truly appreciate it 🙂 What a lovely post! Those spicy pumpkin seeds look so delish!! I love hot and spicy food! 🙂 xo Vivian

    1. Sofia 2015-11-12 at 11:56

      Hi Vivian! No problems your blog is gorgeous 🙂 The pumpkin seeds are so easy to make, so try making some spicy ones xx

  12. Dorcas 2015-11-12 at 04:46

    Nope, worms are definitely NOT on my “need to eat” list. But spicy is! We like anything spicy around here. I really like the combination of spices you used, especially the curry!

    1. Sofia 2015-11-12 at 11:57

      Haha I’m glad to see I’m not the only queasy one regarding worms 🙂 give the seeds a try, it’s really simple! xx

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