I’ve had a craving for Indian food lately. My boyfriend took me to an Indian restaurant for lunch on my birthday and they had a buffet, so I got to try small servings of several foods. This made me want to make more Indian food at home, but it’s a not a quick cuisine (at least for a novice like me). The answer? Popcorn.
Can’t stop the pop
Popcorn is an interesting snack. There’s the movie theater variety, drenched in fatty fake butter, but there is also organic, non-GMO, air-popped popcorn that’s only 30 calories a cup. It’s a very versatile base for snacking, as the relatively neutral flavor of the popcorn itself allows other flavors to shine when you add them. And yes, there is a whole world beyond buttery popcorn and kettle corn.
Unlike anything you’ve tasted
This week’s recipe is simple and satisfying. By using Indian spices and coconut, traditional popcorn is taken to a whole new level. It practically ends up being something between a snack and a meal, so I’ve made it for lunch and stayed full until dinner. It has a very slight kick, and the mild sweetness from the coconut provides a balance to the earthiness of the spices. Make this for your next movie night and your family may just have started a tradition!
Makes 7-8 cups popcorn
1 tsp garam masala
½ T Activz Coconut Water Powder
1 T coconut flakes
Salt to taste
¼ c popcorn kernels
2 T coconut oil
In a small bowl, stir together the garam masala, Activz Coconut Water Powder, coconut flakes and salt.
Pop the popcorn. If you are doing it on the stove, put the coconut oil in with the kernels. If you are using an air popper, drizzle the oil on popped popcorn and toss.
Sprinkle the spice mixture on the popcorn, stopping to stir every now and then until the popcorn is evenly coated. Serve immediately.