Curry Popcorn

Freshly popped popcorn at home means you can add any flavor you want to the popcorn.  This curry popcorn has spice, sweet, and salt for the trifecta of flavor.

curry popcorn in a glass bowl

A large, hot bowl of freshly made popcorn is essential for snacking in most homes. It is a cheap, healthy, and delicious alternative to processed snacks. But even the biggest popcorn gourmand can get tired of eating the same flavor of popcorn all the time. Try switching things up a bit with this easy-to-make curry popcorn seasoning recipe. It is perfect for those who want to add a little more spice to their lives yet still crave a touch of sweetness. Mix up a big batch of this unique popcorn flavor powder, and always have some for movie night or the big game!

Not All Popping Corn is the Same

Did you know there is more than one type of popping corn? If you didn’t, don’t feel bad most people have no idea either. Making popcorn from scratch lets you taste-test several different popping corns to find the one you most prefer.

Popping corn comes in two distinct shapes. One is the standard movie theater popcorn, which looks like a comic book explosion. Popcorn professionals, and yes, such people do exist; call this popcorn butterfly or wings style. The other shape is much more rounded and resembles a brain. The official name for this shape is mushroom popcorn.

Besides just having a different shape when popped, popping corn kernels comes in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and flavors. Most popping corn kernels available in stores are yellow popcorn because it is inexpensive, and the popcorn pieces are large and airy. Yellow popcorn has a slightly yellow tint and is crunchy, and white popping corn is pure white and a little more tender. You can find white popping corn in brands touting ‘gourmet’ popcorn. Less common varieties that you will probably have to order online are Ladyfinger, which pops up as dainty butterflies, and red, blue, and purple which have few dots of color.

It Begins With the Perfectly Popped Corn

There are many ways to pop kernels, but one of the most fun methods is making popcorn on the stove. While you should let your little ones anywhere near the stove when you cook popcorn, they will love to watch from a safe distance.

  1. Heat a large heavy-bottom, deep skillet with a fitted lid over medium heat. If you can, choose a skillet with a glass lid to see what is going on inside.
  2. Add two tablespoons of oil with a high smoke point, like coconut or canola oil.
  3. Throw in a few kernels of popping corn, and wait until they pop. Pick out the popped kernels.
  4. Off the heat, add a half-cup of your favorite popping corn to the skillet, and give them a shake to distribute them evenly.
  5. Cover and put back on the heat while slowly moving the pan back and forth.
  6. When the kernels start to pop, crack the lid to allow steam to escape, and continue moving the skillet until the pops occur only once every two to three seconds.
  7. Serve.

Tips for Serving and Storing Curry Flavor Powder

  • Great for adding sweetness and spice to more than just popcorn. Perfect on potato chips and french fries.
  • Store in a shaker with a lid. This popcorn seasoning recipe should last for months in your spice cabinet.

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This is what you need to make curry popcorn

  • popcorn kernels
  • coconut oil
  • yellow curry powder
  • salt
  • sugar
curry popcorn ingredients

Combine spices together in a small bowl

adding salt to curry popcorn spices

Stir or whisk spices together to make the seasoning.

curry popcorn seasoning in a small glass bowl

Pop the popcorn; when the popcorn finishes then, sprinkle the seasoning mix on it. Toss to coat the popcorn with the seasoning.

Serve and enjoy!

a bowl of curry popcorn

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curry popcorn in a glass bowl

Curry popcorn

Curry Popcorn is perfect for movie night and snacking. The seasoning is salty and savory with a spicy kick. Get the easy recipe to make the best gourmet popcorn. It's a tasty and healthy homemade snack made with a few simple ingredients.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Curry popcorn
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: -29
Calories: 580kcal


Curry seasoning blend

  • 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Popcorn Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil vegetable oil is also ok
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels


Prepare seasoning blend

  • In a small bowl combine the yellow curry powder, the salt, and the sugar. Stir until the mixture is uniform.

Prepare popcorn

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot add the popcorn.
  • Place a lid on the pot, cook until the popping subsides. Remove the pot from the stove, and wait 30 seconds before pouring into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle on as much curry powder mixture as you desire.


Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Sodium: 4657mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. wilhelmina

    5 stars
    I had no idea there were different types of popcorn! Also, sign me up for the next available popcorn expert opening, I’m in! I loved the curry flavor with the fresh popcorn, it is irresistable!


    5 stars
    I decided to try this for my popcorn loving kids and didnt know what to expect. Well they LOVED it! I am definitely making more!

  3. Chuck Kimberl

    Where might one find ‘gourmet’ popcorn? It seems no matter where I purchase popcorn kernels they seem stale when popped.

    • Stephanie

      Chuck, I have bought popcorn from Amazon with good results. I buy the mushroom style of popcorn. Popcorn comes in two different styles, flake (this is what you see at the movies, and in the grocery stores), and mushroom (think gourmet popcorn where the kernels pop up round.) You can see the mushroom style in the photo on this blog post.
      I don’t know why, but maybe amazon sells a lot of mushroom-style to ppl like me on a regular basis.

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