RECIPE - Lisa's Fabulous Curry Popcorn

This is one of my all-time favourite recipes. It's one that I pull out anytime I have friends over to watch a movie, or if I just want a healthy snack.

It all began when I needed to find a good alternative to cheese popcorn (I have a mild dairy intolerance). My first attempt was a complicated spice blend that made for amazing popcorn, but it needed constant tweaking and so I never figured out what the right measurements were. I needed a new solution.

Then one day I was at a friend's house and she made curry popcorn - and after the first bite I was HOOKED! It was SOOOOO good! I've since tweaked the recipe to make it extra easy and extra glorious - and it works out perfectly each time. WOO!

It's a wonderfully healthy and anti-inflammatory snack...yay! 

I rarely measure any of the ingredients other than the popcorn kernels, so this recipe is super flexible. If you'd like more or less of any ingredient, do it! It'll still work out perfectly :D.

Ingredients -

Serves one (double for two, etc :)

  • 1/4 cup organic popcorn kernels
  • 1 - 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil, if popping corn in a pot (omit this if air popping)
  • 2 - 3 tbsp organic butter OR coconut oil (each gives it a different flavour, try both and see which one you like best :)
  • 1/2 tsp mild curry powder (I use Nature's Fare's house brand, but you can use any curry powder you like)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 (ish) tsp of salt - salt to your taste, don't worry about measuring it

Directions -

Pop your glorious popcorn either in an air popper or in a pot.

If popping in a pot, here's my tried and true stovetop method:

  • Put a medium-sized pot (thick-bottomed pot if poss) on medium-high heat ("6" on my stove is the magic number). 
  • Add the coconut oil and 3 kernels of popcorn.
  • Once 2 of the 3 kernels have popped, add the rest of the popcorn
  • As soon as you've added the rest of the popcorn, take the pot off the burner for 30 seconds (this step is key for perfectly fluffy popcorn)
  • After 30 seconds, put the pot back on the burner, shaking the kernels a few times a minute until it starts popping.
  • Listen for the popping to stop, and plop it into your favourite popcorn bowl :)

Curry Topping - 

  • While the popcorn is popping, melt the butter or coconut oil in a separate pan
  • Add salt and curry powder to the butter/coconut oil
  • After the popcorn is in the bowl, add the nutritional yeast to the butter/curry mixture (the nutritional yeast will get clumpy if it spends too much time in the butter).
  • Mix it all together with a rubber spatula and drizzle it over the popcorn (the rubber spatula makes sure you get it all :).
  • Mix the popcorn well to evenly distribute the glorious topping.
  • Add more salt if needed and enjoy!!

Do you have a favourite popcorn recipe? Share it in the comments so we all can enjoy it!!

P.S. I had to make a batch just so I could take the photo...I have such a hard life sometimes :)