Matt’s Indian spiced popcorn by Anjuli

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Indian Spiced Popcorn

Eating this popcorn makes you want to spend some serious time investigating how to smuggle good popcorn into bad movie theaters. It has all the fixings of an addictive movie snack. Or afternoon snack. Or light dinner. Or anytime you’re lounging, sitting, and want something seriously delectable, salty, and a little spicy to pop into your mouth every two or three seconds. This recipe has the double win of toasted cumin and the nutty, caramel quality of good Indian ghee. So let’s just say it’s reminiscent of both caramel popcorn and the kind studded with real good peanuts. Do yourself a favor and buy some real Organic kernels and pop them yourself on the stove in a little bit of oil or ghee.

If you are going to buy the microwave kind avoid things like palm, soy, or canola oil, trans fats like partially hydrogenated oils, “butter flavor,” and basically anything that’s not just corn kernels and maybe a little salt. I haven’t been able to find any winners, but then again, we use our microwave as a bread box.

Matt’s Indian Spiced Popcorn
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon hing
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 tablespoon ghee
1 cup corn kernels

Toast the spices in a saute pan on medium until fragrant and mix them in a large bowl with the popped popcorn. Heat the ghee up and drizzle it on top. Toss to coat. Enjoy.

Tip: We think that watching UP and eating this popcorn is a mighty fine idea.

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  1. LOUISE wrote:

    How much popcorn did you use for that amount of spice???


    November 16th, 2009 at 3:43 pm
  2. Malar Gandhi wrote:

    Looks very spicy and nice, just the way I like it:) All I need is to rent a movie now, he he.

    November 18th, 2009 at 8:24 pm
  3. chloe wrote:

    love this. i make my own indian spiced popcorn too, with a chaat masala topping! like matt’s recipe but with amchoor (dried mango)powder, asafetida powder, coriander, ginger and cayenne . . . sometimes i even add some brewers yeast to it!xo

    November 21st, 2009 at 12:25 pm
  4. Anjuli wrote:

    Chloe: That sounds pretty awesome. I’ve actually never tried amchoor. I love brewer’s yeast on popcorn. It gives it such a rich flavor. So much better than fake butter stuff.

    November 21st, 2009 at 5:20 pm
  5. James wrote:

    I love popcorn! Great blog and wonderful recipe ideas. I teach on a few cooking Holidays around the world and I will definitely be recommending this blog to my students.

    November 25th, 2009 at 7:59 am
  6. Anjuli wrote:

    James: Thanks for the compliment. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:31 am
  7. Alisa wrote:

    Im curious about the hing spice. I’ve never tried this one before, but together with the other mix of spices it sure sounds wonderful! I like spicy snacks :)

    November 28th, 2009 at 11:20 am
  8. Anjuli wrote:

    Alisa: Thanks! Hing is also asafoetida.

    November 28th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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