Movie Night Spicy Popcorn

Indian influenced spicy popcorn takes movie nights to a whole new level, sweet, salty and fragrant with cumin and chili!

Indian influenced spicy popcorn takes movie nights to a whole new level, sweet, salty and fragrant with cumin and chili!

I have been meaning to do a flavoured popcorn for quite a while and given my love of spices I had been toying with a spicy popcorn idea. So imagine my joy when I stumbled on this great recipe when I was thumbing through a book called At Home With Madhur Jaffrey  by the wonder woman that is Madhur Jaffrey.

Many a winter night is spent in our house gorging on movies and popcorn. I am a self confessed movie geek and consume them like ‘Augustus Bloom’ consumes chocolate, so I decided to change up my usual salted popcorn for some nice spicy popcorn courtesy of Madhur Jaffrey.

Usually it takes me a while to work on a recipe from a book to tweak it to my style, however I mixed this together and had a wee taste and it blew my mind, I did tweak the spice blend a little and of course used butter in the main.

As a result I figured I would share this straight away, this Indian influenced Spicy Popcorn is unbelievably good so I grabbed my camera grabbed a few shots and then settled down to a movie.  That Movie was ‘Super 8’ in case anyone is interested and it was superb and you should definitely watch it, it is the sort of movie that someone who grew up watching Goonies would love… Not just a recipe but a movie recommendation too, never say I am not generous!

Indian influenced spicy popcorn takes movie nights to a whole new level, sweet, salty and fragrant with cumin and chili!

I’m not sure I can explain the wondrous flavour sensations that this bowl of gorgeousness produces, if you follow my recipes regularly you will know I have a weakness for Indian flavours. I am also partial to a wee bit of spice.

So this spicy popcorn gives the mellow bottom end provided by the asafoetida and turmeric atypical of Indian food and then the high end aromatic flavour of cumin and cloves all rounded with a touch of chili is my idea of perfection. What I was not prepared for was the lift that the combination of salt and sugar gives, every gorgeous mouthful was a little different enhanced with mustard and sesame seeds.

Now please feel free to roll your eyes, I have heard of flavoured pop corns, but this insulated farm lad had never tried it and I may be preaching to the choir, but I can not wait to try more. Hell who am I kidding, I already have worked on a paprika and oregano version that was equally as delicious using salt & sugar with a mix of spicy and sweet paprika and some of our home grown oregano.

To say that Madhur Jaffrey changed my movie nights is an understatement and all thanks to this spicy popcorn recipe!

Indian influenced spicy popcorn takes movie nights to a whole new level, sweet, salty and fragrant with cumin and chili!

Movie Night Spicy Popcorn

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Indian influenced spicy popcorn takes movie nights to a whole new level, sweet, salty and fragrant with cumin and chili!

Ingredients

  • 30 g Unsalted Butter
  • 125 g Popping Corn
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil, Neutral
  • 1/16 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 3 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Sugar

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to a large saucepan over a medium high heat
  2. When the butter has melted and no long foaming add a dozen or so kernels of popping corn and cover with a a lid, when the first kernels pop remove from the heat and add the remaining corn
  3. Agitate the corn to coat in the butter and then cover and return to the heat
  4. Shake periodically to prevent burning
  5. Whilst the corn is popping add the cooking oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and when warm add the asafoetida and stir for 30 seconds
  6. Then add the turmeric, ground cloves and chili powder stirring for a further 30 seconds
  7. Finally add in the mustard seeds and sesame seeds and cook for 1 minute then remove from the heat
  8. Once the popcorn has finished popping add in the spice mix, the salt and the sugar and toss with a lid on to ensure it is thoroughly mixed together

Notes

Serve with beer and a good movie!

Adapted from Madhur Jaffrey: At Home With Madhur Jaffrey

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 592 Total Fat: 45g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 32g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 2378mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 21g Protein: 6g
Indian influenced spicy popcorn takes movie nights to a whole new level, sweet, salty and fragrant with cumin and chili!

Readers Comments

13 thoughts on “Movie Night Spicy Popcorn”

    • Thanks Nicole, I am not a huge Madhur Jaffrey fan (she is very rude about British Indian food) but this recipe is a piece of crossover food magic. The flavours are glorious!

  1. Thankfully I can get popping corn easily in the supermarket so I’ll be making this as I love all of those ingredients and much better than all the sugar!

  2. I’ll have to check Asafoetida of which I have never heard other than that the spice blend looks delicious and right up my alley! Yay for movie night with your spicy popcorn!!

    • Good luck it is a foundation of many Indian vegetarian dishes, it is incredibly pungent but works to temper an oil… It adds that ‘umami’ flavour profile and I use it a lot… Try looking for it’s other name, hing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Popcorn has all the characteristics to make for the perfect snack. I love all the spices you added to jazz if up and give it an exotic flair. I can see why you found it to be so wondrous. BTW. . .the 20th century fox background you use for this popcorn is genius.

    • Thanks Lynn, it really did rock my world (sad maybe), I usually struggle and tweak with book recipes but this one was a straight up 11 out of 10, possibly the first I have ever cooked from a book.

  4. I saw this on Delishogram and then on FBC so had to come over!!!
    Firstly I love the photos. The beer and the 20th century in the background!!! Awesome! Love it!
    Secondly. This looks and sounds perfect. I love flavoured popcorns, my family tend to opt for the sweet flavours but I once had a blue cheese popcorn in a bar and it was amazing. Still working on recreating it!

    The spices in these sound great. And adding butter…..well that is something I always approve of!

    And as someone who watched goonies so often that her sister knew when to get up and hide behind the couch Super 8 sounds like a movie I need to watch!!!!

    • Thank you so much Claire, the 20th Century Fox thing was already tee’d up on the screen whilst I was making this dish so after a taste test the picture kinda took itself. It is really rare for me to post a pretty straight up and down book recipe but I knew straight away there was no improving this, it blew my mind and has definitely changed the way I eat popcorn ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Oh yeah ‘Super 8’ definitely watch it, took me right back ‘mumble’ years ๐Ÿ˜€

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