Pumpkin tikki with sambal oelek for Diwali is that one vegetarian appetiser you absolutely have to make this fall!! Officially fall is here and what better way to celebrate than these delicious and tempting pumpkin tikka. Give those aloo tikkis a break this festive season. Instead channel the inner domestic goddess in you and treat your guests to these innovative pumpkin tikkis with sambal oelek. Bonus: Super easy and quick too!
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
― Henry David Thoreau
Who else is with me? You?? Yay!! I knew you had good taste!
So fall huh? Dewy mornings. Misty nights. Chill in the air. Dahlias. Marigold.
Fallen leaves. Golden sunlight. Hots cups of chai spice latte. Pumpkin.
Lots and lots of pumpkin!!
If you love pumpkin you couldn’t be happier that the fall season is finally here. If you dont love this incredibly brilliant and versatile vegetable yet, try a few of my pumpkin recipes mentioned at the bottom of the post, and you will be in love!! Better still waste no time and try this Pumpkin tikki with sambal oelek for Diwali and wow your family and friends.
I know Pumpkin tikki with sambal oelek for Diwali sounds a little out there. But hey guess what? There is no time like today to try something new. People are much more open to trying new things now and there is no time like a festival to make a case of a noveau dish like this delicious Pumpkin tikki with sambal oelek.
Pumkpin by itself is a sweet vegetable that takes really well to both savory and sweet dishes. While pumpkin pie and pasties are quite the norm, people do stammer when it comes to savory pumpkin dishes. In India we do a variety of pumpkin dishes, all delicious and loved by most Indians. This Pumpkin tikki with sambal oelek for Diwali is my way of showing my love for whats essentially an Indian staple, the “tikki” and marrying it with the super scintillating flavors of the red chili paste known as “sambal oelek”.
An origin of Indonesia, you can find sambal used in other cuisines too! Singalore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia use it often too. Sambal is essentially a paste made of different varieties of chillie along with other ingredients like shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar or other vinegars. If you are a true blue vegan or vegetarian, you can omit this paste while serving the pumpkin tikkis. In stead, opt for your choice of spicy sweet condiment.
Its a rather simple dish to make. Grated pumpkin and potato mixed with some roasted chickpea flour and other seasonings, shaped into tikkis and pan fried till crisp on the outside and melting soft within. Take your Diwali party or just about any night up a notch with these incredibly delicious Pumpkin tikki with sambal oelek for Diwali.
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PUMPKIN TIKKI WITH SAMBAL OELEK for Diwali
Officially fall is here and what better way to celebrate than these delicious and tempting pumpkin tikka. Give those aloo tikkis a break this festive season. Instead channel the inner domestic goddess in you and treat your guests to these innovative pumpkin tikkis with sambal oelek. Bonus: Super easy and quick too!
- 1/2 cup grated pumpkin
- 1 medium boiled potato mashed
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 1 tbsp ginger crushed
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 2 whole green chillies deseeded and chopped
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tbsp roasted cumin powder
- 1/2 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder
- 1 tbsp dried mango powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tbsp sambal oelek paste, sub with sweet chili sauce of preference if you need a 100% vegetarian option
- 2 tbsp vegetable/olive oil for pan frying
For the stuffing:
- 2 tbsp almonds, cashew, peanut all chopped fine.
- 1 tbsp raisins
- mozzarella cheese shredded
- extra chickpea flour for rolling the tikkis
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non stick pan. Add the crushed ginger, garlic and chili for a minute.
Now add the chickpea flour and roast the flour till it reaches its trademark nutty aroma and golden brown color.
Now add the grated pumpkin and mashed boiled potato. Saute for another 2 -3 minutes.
Add all the masala and the sambal oelek paste, add a splash of water and keep cooking for another 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, taste for seasoning and let it cool slightly.
Chop the dry fruits really tiny for stuffing and grate the mozzarella.
In a separate plate take some chickpea flour.
Now take a ping pong ball sized mixture, slightly flatten it in the centre, add the mozzarella and the dry fruits, close the dough well making sure its sealed completely. Repeat with all others.
Now, roll each tikki in the extra chickpea flour.
Heat a non stick tawa with oil. Carefully place the tikkis on the tawa and cook till cooked.
Keep the flame on low and cook for 4-5 mins per side till golden and done.
Remove and serve immediately with pickled onions, mint chutney and more sambal oelek + sweet chili sauce dip or even sriracha mayonnaise.