Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Curried Popcorn

Summer theatre, drive ins and late night bonfires scream for something salty, crunchy and flavourful. After spending a day in the hot sun, being outdoors for the sunset, sitting in the back of a car, with the trunk up and the seats down, laying on some blankets, snuggled with my children, waiting for the film to start, munching on handfuls of homemade curried popcorn seems like a great ending. That's how I envision summer nights, for the rest of my children's lives, to be. Forgetting curfew or bedtimes, to sneak in a few late nights at the drive in, watch fireworks or sing songs by the camp fire.

Here they are, all nestled in, ready for the picture to start.

I was 22 when I finally went to my first drive. Seriously, it's the best way to watch movies.

Especially when you bring a huge serving of popcorn along {shhh}

To make it start with:

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon garam masala or cinnamon

And just so you know, I cannot take credit for this addictive recipe. It's all Aarti and her fun flare that should get all the recognition. Out of all the food network t.v. show hosts, I'd want to meet Aarti, we'd spend time whipping up yummy Indian food and laughing until our sides hurt. If you watch the video, you'll see just how adorable she is.

But for those who don't want to watch the video, here are step by step pictures.

Add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil into a heavy bottomed pot. At least 3 quarts size.

Drop in a few kernels, add a lid and wait until they start popping.

While you're waiting, measure out the spices/salt.

Once the kernels have popped, remove them from the pot, add in your spices, swish them around and...

the 1/3 cup of kernels. Now wait 30 seconds...

Aarti does a jig. I'm not that cool. Usually, I wash my tiny bowl and measuring spoons.

Put the pot back on the burner and get ready to shake, shake, shake. Every 10 seconds I give the pot a good shake, just to make sure nothing burns. Once the popping slows down, with more than  a second between each pop, the popcorn should be ready.

Then dump into a large bowl and get ready for the hungry beasts people in your house to gobble it down. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of eating this. To be quite honest, most recipes I make I do not actually get to eat. Sigh. It's a tough life I live, eh? But, I don't post anything unless it has various approvals, and this recipe did. As you can tell from this picture where M. is digging in.

After they are done... they'll be ready for a nap.

And there you go! A new popcorn recipe to share for your next family movie night, or for a snack, breakfast, lunch... whatever you please. 

Have you ever gone to a drive in? What's your favourite movie to sit down and watch when you want to unwind? Mine: Julie & Julia or You've Got Mail.

Bon Appetit!
Chef Momma

1 comment:

  1. I can testify to this recipes greatness- its a goodie! If Julie and Julia and Youve Got Mail are your favorites then you must have been sad to hear of Nora Ephrons passing the other day! THanks for posting the recipe, Ill have to make it soon. :)


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