Yields: About 10 cups of roasted pumpkin seeds
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Persian
  • 10 cups (2 pounds) raw pumpkin seeds, store-bought or fresh {please see notes for cleaning}
  • 1 ½ cups lemon juice, store-bought (I've used ReaLemon)
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  1. Add the pumpkin seeds to a large 12-inch skillet.
  2. Pour the lemon juice in the skillet and stir over medium heat, just to coat all the seeds.
  3. Immediately add the spices and salt, and continue stirring until a uniform yellow color is reached.
  4. Stir frequently and continue heating over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until all the lemon juice is cooked off, but the seeds still look wet.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium low and stir occasionally for 15 minutes, or until the seeds look dry. At this point the shells are soft.
  6. Reduce the heat just above low and heat until the seeds are roasted dry and are easy to crack without any soft core. If the shells are browning, reduce the heat even more. This could take up to 2-3 hours on this low heat, but you will be very pleased with the result. I don’t recommend increasing the heat, because that tends to roast the seeds unevenly, and you will end up with seeds that are browned on the outside but still soft inside.
  7. Cool the seeds completely in the skillet, then store them in an airtight container, in your pantry for 2-3 weeks.
To clean the pumpkin seeds: After scooping out the seeds from your pumpkin, remove as much of the larger pieces of pulp and fiber as possible. Add the seeds to a colander. Place the colander in the kitchen sink and clean the seeds by rubbing them together between the palms of your hands under running cool water. Once the seeds are clean, shake the colander several times and let all the excess water drain completely. There is no need to dry them for this recipe.
To reduce the recipe: If you want to roast half the amount indicated in the recipe, use a smaller skillet.
Recipe by Persian Mama at https://persianmama.com/spicy-pumpkin-seeds/