Curry Popcorn

Treat yourself to an irresistible snack that packs a punch of flavors! When you make this curry popcorn at home, you can indulge in the perfect balance of sweetness, spiciness, and saltiness. The ultimate trifecta of taste that is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings.

curry popcorn in a glass bowl

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Homemade popcorn with curry seasoning

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!

What makes curry popcorn so good?

This is not ordinary, plain popcorn. With this recipe, you can create gourmet popcorn at home with an excellent flavor. The recipe guides you on how to pop the kernels perfectly. Then, when you combine it with the delectable homemade seasoning blend, the snack offers a unique taste that can’t be found elsewhere.

The curry powder adds warm, earthy flavors that are heightened by the small amount of salt and sugar. And although it has spicy notes, it isn’t so much that it’s overwhelming. It is a balanced blend that people of all ages will enjoy.

Why you’ll love this recipe

You don’t have to step out of your home to enjoy delicious popcorn. And making it homemade is not as complicated as it may seem. You’ll be surprised how easy this recipe is; you don’t even need a special popcorn machine – you can cook it on the stovetop.

Moreover, you can make the spice blend in a matter of moments. After coating the popcorn with it, snack on it immediately or even package it up. It’s a wonderful gift since it isn’t extremely perishable. It is also excellent for serving at parties, whether it be a game day party, birthday celebration, or another type of gathering!


This is what you need to make curry popcorn:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Coconut oil
  • Yellow curry powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
curry popcorn ingredients

How to make popcorn on the stove

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.

How to make curry popcorn

  1. Place the spices in a small bowl.
adding salt to curry popcorn spices
  1. Stir or whisk spices together to make the seasoning.
curry popcorn seasoning in a small glass bowl
  1. Sprinkle the curry seasoning mix on the popped popcorn and toss to coat the popcorn with the seasoning.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
a bowl of curry popcorn

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.

What to serve curry popcorn with

If you’re having a movie night, enjoy this popcorn with assorted candies, soft pretzels, hot wings, homemade pizza, or trail mix.

As mentioned, you can serve this at parties too. Make a double batch and serve it in a large bowl alongside appetizers and snacks such as chips and dip, a fresh veggie tray, chicken sliders, and more.

If you have leftover seasoning, try using it on other foods, such as chips, potato wedges, or fries! It gives a fantastic flavor boost.

How to store the leftovers

For the seasoning itself, you can store it in a shaker with a lid. Keep it in your spice cabinet at room temperature. As far as the seasoned popcorn goes, store it in an airtight container.

How long does homemade curry popcorn last?

The seasoning blend lasts for several months, while the popcorn lasts one to two weeks if you store it correctly.

However, if you add butter to yours, it only lasts a few days and becomes soft much quicker. You’ll know when it’s no longer fresh because the popcorn will have a stale texture.

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Curry Popcorn

Curry Popcorn is perfect for movie night and snacking. The seasoning is salty and savory with a spicy kick.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Curry popcorn, Popcorn Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 153kcal


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: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1166mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 16mg | 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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