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Habanero Sauce Party MixPart mix

An entire generation grew up munching on Chex® party mix. Adding the habanero takes it up a few notches on the Scovie Heat Scale!

1/4 cup melted butter

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons habanero hot sauce

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

8 cups mixed Chex® brand cereals (corn, rice and wheat)

1 cup mixed nuts

1 cup mini-pretzels

1 cup bite-size cheese crackers

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Combine the butter, Worcestershire sauce, habanero sauce, and seasoning salt in a small bowl and mix well.  Place the cereals, nuts, pretzels, and cheese crackers into a large zip bag and pour the butter mixture over them. Seal the bag securely and shake it until all pieces are evenly coated.

Pour the contents of the bag on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool and serve.

Yield: About 15 servings

Heat Scale: Medium


Pakoras Shikarbadi-Style

These pakoras are some of the easiest Indian snacks to make. I collected this recipe at the Shikarbadi Hunting Lodge outside of Udaipur. You can use any vegetable you like, but I recommend the softer vegetables such as peppers, eggplant, onions, and thinly sliced potatoes.

2 cups gram (chickpea) flour

1 teaspoon red chile powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Water as needed

Peanut oil for frying

Thinly sliced green chiles (such as serranos), onions, eggplant, and potatoes (about 3/4 cup each)

In a bowl, combine the gram flour, chile powder, salt, turmeric, and baking powder and mix well. Add water and mix well until the batter has a creamy consistency. Heat the oil in a deep pan until water splatters when sprinkled on it.

Dip the vegetables in the batter, drop them in the oil a few at a time, and cook them until they are golden brown. Serve them in bowls with the vegetables all mixed together.

Yield: 6 servings

Heat Scale: Mild


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