Stovetop Coconut Curry Popcorn is a fun way to spice up your popcorn. It is cooked in coconut oil which gives it a sweetness that complements the spicy curry really well. This is the perfect popcorn to make before snuggling up with your favorite movie. Not all curries are created equal, so you can play around with using a mild curry for a sweeter treat or a spicy curry for something with a kick.
I love using curry in my recipes because it adds a loud punch of flavor. Curry powder is a spice mix that usually contains varying amounts of turmeric, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper. Many blends also include a combination of ginger, garlic, fennel seed, caraway, cinnamon, clove, mustard seed, cardamom, nutmeg or black pepper. Turmeric, which is the ingredient that gives curry its beautiful golden color, is full of antioxidants and has numerous health benefits. It is antibacterial, cholesterol-lowering, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory. For more information of the health benefits of turmeric check out my Curry Kale Quinoa Salad recipe. For the best results and the most fragrant curry, you want to grind your own spice blend. To save time making Coconut Curry Popcorn, I used Swanson’s Organic Curry Powder which has a delicious taste with the perfect balance of spicy and sweet.
As I was getting ready to take the pictures for my coconut curry popcorn recipe; I discovered that my air popper was broken. I thought about running out to buy a new one, but I realized that this was an excellent opportunity for me to try making coconut curry popcorn on the stovetop. I was a little scared of this stovetop method but decide I was up for the challenge! I found the coconut curry popcorn ended up a little smaller than it usually does in the air popper which was interesting. I should also mention that I buy organic popcorn kernels because I like to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs), check out my Cheesy Popcorn recipe for more information on GMOs.
I really like using coconut oil for stovetop coconut curry popcorn because it is stable at really high heats and adds a coconutty sweetness to the popcorn. For the health benefits of coconut oil check out my Spelt Sugar Cookies recipe. To figure out how coconut oil can be used outside of the kitchen, check out my Top Ten Uses for Coconut Oil post.
Stovetop Coconut Curry Popcorn
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 3 minutes
Serving size: 1-2
- ¼ cup un-popped organic popcorn kernels
- 1.5 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 tsp curry powder
- Pour coconut oil into a large heavy bottomed pot with a lid and heat to medium high heat.
- Add three popcorn kernels and cover with the lid slightly ajar.
- When the kernels start to pop, add the remaining popcorn kernels spread them out so they are in a single layer.
- Put the lid back on the pot slightly ajar and gently shake the pot to prevent the popcorn from burning.
- Once the popping slows down and most of the popcorn has popped, turn off the heat and shake for a couple more seconds to pop any stragglers.
- Remove the lid and sprinkle with the sea salt and give it a shake.
- Transfer to a large bowl, add the curry powder and toss until coated. It is important not to add the curry powder to the popcorn while it is still in the pot because it can cause the curry powder to burn.
Note: You can also use an air popper to make coconut curry popcorn. Simply place the popped popcorn, melted coconut oil, salt and curry in a large bag or bowl with a lid and shake it up.
Free Seminar: Guide to a Healthy Holiday Season
I am giving a FREE talk at the Yellow Gazebo Clinic in Toronto on November 17th at 2pm and you are invited! During the free seminar I will discuss how to navigate the buffet tables and sweets at holiday parties. I will also give you tips on how to green your holidays. Please sign up here or drop by if you are interested.
What: Guide to a Healthy Holiday Season
When: November 17, 2013 2pm to 3pm
Where: Yellow Gazebo Clinic 804 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Have you tried making stovetop popcorn? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments section.
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