indian spiced popcorn

happy national popcorn day!

This post was created in partnership with Crate & Barrel. All opinions are our own.

It’s here! Today is #NationalPopcornDay and we have been waiting all year for this! We are very excited to partner with Crate & Barrel for this momentous holiday, and came up with a tasty recipe to celebrate in style! If you like Indian food, you will love this Indian spiced popcorn. Seasoned with cumin, garlic powder, curry, salt, pepper, and garam masala, this aromatic snack is also tossed with a pinch of cayenne pepper for that perfect picante pop. Head over to the Crate and Barrel blog to get the full recipe and to read our post, and in the spirit of today’s festival, we give you full permission to take the day off, and enjoy a giant bowl of hot fresh popcorn in honor of this beloved treat. Happy popping everyone!

9 aromatic spices
using an air popper makes it quick and easy
it's popcorn time!
the perfect friday night

Indian Spiced Popcorn
makes 10 to 12 cups

3/4 teaspoon popcorn salt or table salt (see note)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garam masala (see note)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
pinch of ground cayenne
1/2 cup (105g) dry popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted (plus more if cooking on the stove)

In a small bowl, mix together all the dry seasonings, stirring to eliminate any clumps.

Cook the popcorn using an air popper, popcorn maker, or on the stove using the following method: Place a large deep saucepan on the stove, add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil, and 3 popcorn kernels. Cover the pan, and place over medium-high heat. Once you hear that all three kernels have popped, remove from heat, remove the three popped kernels, then pour in the remaining unpeopled kernels and cover the pan. Let the pan rest off heat for 30 seconds, then return the pan to medium-high heat and shake occasionally until the popping peaks, and slows down. Once it slows, remove the pan from heat and remove the lid to let the popcorn dry out.

Pour the hot cooked popcorn in a large mixing bowl, and toss with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the spice blend as you toss, coating the popcorn evenly. Serve warm, and enjoy!

— Popcorn salt, widely available in grocery stores and online, is a finely-ground powder type of salt that is perfect for popcorn as it coats each piece more evenly than table salt.
— Garam masala is a spice blend available at Indian groceries, natural food stores, and online. It is a versatile blend containing 8 to 10 spices, including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander, black pepper, and mace.
— No coconut oil? Feel free to substitute butter (regular or vegan), ghee, or vegetable oil.


5 Comments on indian spiced popcorn

  1. Diana Lopes
    May 3, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I love Indian food, and I love popcorn. This unique blend could be just what the doctor ordered.

    • husbandsthatcook
      May 3, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Thanks so much Diana! We love Indian food too–it’s one of our favorite cuisines! Hope you enjoy the popcorn! xoxo

  2. Jay Friends
    March 28, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    Better late than never discovering something wonderful. Last night my spouse was watching a masterclass on Indian cooking. I had already planned to make some popcorn but was now interested in what it would taste like with my favorite flavors. I did a search for Indian Popcorn and landed here. For the rest of the evening I couldn’t help myself crying out, “This is SO GOOD!!!” I made it again for breakfast. I just got home from the store gathering ingredients for the samosa burgers. THANK YOU!

    • husbandsthatcook
      March 30, 2023 at 11:20 am

      Hi Jay! This comment put the biggest smiles on our faces! We’re so happy you liked the popcorn, and since you love Indian flavors we hope you enjoy the samosa burgers too! Your message made our day, thank you so much for letting us know! Oh, and popcorn for breakfast sounds like a fabulous idea–we may have to join you!

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