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Masala Popcorn

 Published 2012-Sep-05   Updated 2020-Feb-04

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Spicy Popcorn, Movie night snacks, Curried Popcorn)

Recipe For Masala Popcorn


  • Popping corn kernels - 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 1-2 tbsp


  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
  • Amchoor (Dry Mango) Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

Stove Top Method

  1. Take a large heavy bottomed vessel and melt the butter.
  2. Add the popping corn seeds and all the ingredients under 'flavoring'.
  3. Mix with a spoon so that all the corn seeds gets coated with the butter and the spices.
  4. Cover with a lid and let it pop on a medium low heat.
  5. When the poping sound reduces, remove the vessel from the stove immediately to prevent the popcorn from getting burnt.

Microwave Method

  1. Mix all the above ingredients in a deep microwave safe dish.
  2. Cover with a lid and microwave on high for 2 minutes. (or till the poping sound reduces.)
  3. arefully remove the contents wearing a gloves. The contents will be super hot.

Serving Suggestion

  • Enjoy spicy masala popcorn with a cup of tea on a rainy day or with soda while watching a movie.


  • You can pretty much use any spice mix to make your masala popcorn. Try using some store bought curry powder, pav bhaji masala or tandoori chicken masala.
  • Try using tamarind pulp instead of amchoor powder to make Tamarind Popcorn.


  • Popcorn increases by more than 10 times in volume after popping. So use a large vessel accordingly to make the popcorn.

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Comments (16)

Person   ()
I made the mistake of making this recipe and learned three things:
1) Never tell your friends/family how good it is otherwise you'll be making it all the time, for yourself and all the new masala popcorn eaters you know!! :)
2) Double the spices and watch out!! Mmmmm good! Absolutely love this popcorn!!
3) You cannot live on masala popcorn alone. It is fiber, so that's good, but after a few days, you should really start incorporating fruits, veggies and protein into your new masala diet!!
Person   ()
Hi Linda,
I am glad I found someone who enjoys this snack as much as I do. Enjoy!
Person   ()
May i do it in otg?
Person   ()
Hmm.. I haven't tried it.
Person   ()
No salt in this recipe?
Person   ()
Yes of course you have to add with the spices.
Person   ()
Thanks for the recipe! I'm trying to replicate some awesome Savory Masala Popcorn I buy regularly at Amazon.

I eat this stuff everyday and thought it might be fun to try making it myself.
Person   ()
Try it out Dan and give your feedback..
Person   ()
One doubt, when i add the masala it burns - and the popcorn has burnt pieces around it - rather than how the flavor coats evenly in store bought ones. How to get that?
Person   ()
Did you keep on medium low heat??? The masala wont burn in low heat...

Similarly, the butter and masala should coat the corn kernels completely before they start popping.... The final product will then be coated with the spices.... Do not reduce the amount of butter....
Person   ()
How many people does this serve?
Person   ()
Depends on how much you eat !!! In my house, this is perfect for 2 adults and 2 kids..
Person   ()
I thought this would be a little more flavorful than it was but it was overall pretty good. I would make this again.
Person   ()
Hi Nija, You can double the spices to suit to your taste. The measurements given here are for moderate spice level. It will be suitable for the general public including kids and old people. Feel free to modify it to your spice level. Infact, I add twice the amount of spice when I make for myself.
Person   ()
ooh, i'm gonna try the spicy popcorn looks good!
Person   ()
Hi Donna, Try it. Its very tasty and addictive.

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