oscar night snack! slumdog-inspired roasted chickpeas & mango lassi

We know that you love movies nearly as much as you love decor, so here’s a fun recipe suggestion from a new contributor, Lisa Cericola of adinnerparty.blogspot.com.

For my Oscar night festivities this weekend, I’m making Slumdog Millionaire-inspired treats: curried roasted chickpeas and mango lassis. The chickpeas are the perfect (healthy!) thing to mindlessly nosh out of a big bowl if you’re watching the Oscars by yourself. If you’re having a party, you can scatter them around your living room in small vessels. The creamy mango lassis can be served as-is or spiked with a shot of vodka stirred into each glass, if you want to be a little less virtuous.

Thinking about combinations for other nominated movies, you could do Lambrusco and fondue for Milk, deviled eggs and martinis for Revolutionary Road, oysters Rockefeller and hurricanes for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Manchego and Albariño for Vicky Cristina Barcelona… What are you eating on Oscar night? –Lisa C.

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Curried Roasted Chickpeas
If you don’t like curry, you could add a little cayenne pepper and garlic salt instead.
(Makes about 4 servings)

2 15 oz. cans chickpeas
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 tsp. curry powder
1 Tbsp. sea salt

Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Dry them very well with a paper towel (this will help them crisp up). Spread out the chickpeas on a cookie sheet and drizzle with the oil and curry powder. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. The chickpeas should be brown and crispy when done. Remove from the oven and toss with salt. Let cool before serving.

Mango Lassi
This recipe, adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Happy Days With the Naked Chef, is super-fast. Just put everything in a blender and you’re done! [link to original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jamie-oliver/mango-lassi-recipe/index.html]
(Makes about 4 servings)

1 cup plain yogurt (I used Fage Greek yogurt)
½ cup milk
½ cup canned mango pulp or 2 large, fresh mangoes, pitted and sliced
3 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cardamom

Put everything in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and add extra sugar if necessary. Pour into individual glasses and sprinkle with cardamom. The lassi can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before serving.

From our partners

So that’s how you make a mango lassi! Thanks for the recipe.
I’ve been making/drinking elaichi (cardamom) lassis lately like they’re going out of style. I’m curious to try this version!

Oh fun! I’m working on an Oscar Party Roundup and I’ll be linking to this. Delicious!


How about Australian goodies since Hugh Jackman hosts- LOL Only problem is, what do Australians eat??


V fun! This reminds me of my old film club in Richmond, Virginia. Think book club, but we were too busy (i.e.; lazy) to read books. The food served at club would often be themed to the film. For our comparitive analysis of Real Women Have Curves and Bend It Like Beckham, I served masala and taquitos with margaritas to drink. Wish I’d had the mango lassi recipe then!

Glad you guys liked the recipes!

Petra–Australian food is a great idea. I didn’t even think about that! I just went to an Australia Day party here in NY (hosted by some homesick Aussies) and they served sausage rolls, pavlovas, anzac cookies, and of course, vegemite on toast, and lots of Australian beer and wine.



omg the mango lassis look so delicious!
Maybe I should make some of these for my Oscar Party im hosting for my friends this Sunday…
Here are some other ideas I was gonna try also inspired by Slumdog Millionaire, MILK, and Revolutionary Road!!! Im a huge fan of all of these movies!

Thought i would share these cute ideas i found:





The Curried Roasted Chickpeas were delicious, but I don’t think I’d make them again. This is my first experience cooking with curry powder and wow that is pungent stuff. My house still smells like curry 3 days later! Any ideas for getting rid of the odor?

I woke at 6 am to watch the oscars here in New Delhi. First off, a congratulations is in store to Slumdog Millionaire – secondly, curry powder? There is no such thing! That is a Western Created item – you know – to simplify cooking Indian.

That is ironic, now that I realize how easy cooking Indian can be. For those of you who are really interested in cooking good & simple Indian food – I’d try Madhur Jaffrey’s cook book. This Christmas, we were feeling inspired to learn to cook Indian after 7 months in Delhi. We asked around for a good cookbook & the consensous here in India was that this was the book to buy. Imagine our surprise to find that the book was approachable & the recipies tasty. So, go ahead – cook great indian at home. Best part? it is only 23 bucks in hardcover on amazon.

Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking

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