Masala Popcorn {Inspired by Jhalmuri}

This recipe for Masala Popcorn is an oldie (originally published in February 2015) that I’m re-sharing. After blogging for almost 10 years, it feels like there are so many fun posts that are lost in archives, so I’m trying to fix them up and share them slowly but surely. This one popped into my head after a recent conversation with the Mr about his top 3 movies of all time. I was pretty surprised when he told me that Kranti was in his top 3! We’ve been married for almost 19 years and I’ve never heard him talk about the movie. (Click through to Instagram to read what my top 3 are, and make sure to leave a comment and let me know yours!)

When it comes to movie watching at home, I’m all about the snacks, and one that I really love is this masala popcorn. It’s kind of riff on a desi street food called jhalmuri, but then I’ve tweaked it and added a bunch of stuff I like, so we just call it masala popcorn.

You have to eat this quickly because it has lime juice and butter so it will get soggy! Also, use a spoon to protect your fingers. (Ignore the overzealous new blogger in these flashback pics that is eating with her hands.) Also, how weird to see pics of myself from 2015. ?




We’ve been using the popper almost daily and love how quickly we can whip up a post-dinner snack, or even a lunch box snack for the kids, but you know me…I have to add a desi touch to all things – including popcorn! So I started to play around with the idea of a popcorn flavour inspired by Jhalmuri – which is a popular street food in India. And of course; Indian inspired popcorn has to go with a Bollywood Flick!

Masala Popcorn / Jhalmuri Inspired Popcorn Recipe:

This recipe is more of a technique/idea than an actual recipe. Play around with spices and amounts of toppings. Think of it like nachos, add whatever you like! (

masala popcorn

I started by heating about 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan and adding 1/4 tbsp turmeric, and a 1/4 tbsp of cumin powder. To this I added 4 cups of popped kernels that have already been salted.

masala popcornThen I added in the juice of half a lime, half a chopped red onion, a 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts, and 3 tbsp of fresh chopped cilantro (I really like cilantro!)masala popcorn

Pair my masala popcorn with your favourite Bollywood flick and Friday night is sorted! For the Mr and I, our go-to date night classics are Satte Pe Satta, Naukar Biwi Ka, and Naseeb. We never get tired of them!


AZ0_1814web (1){Once you are done making your popcorn, you must convince your husband to pose for cheesy movie watching pictures with you. Isn’t he the best?}AZ0_1802web{Full disclosure: I don’t look this done up on most movie nights!}AZ0_1811web





  1. February 6, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    We make popcorn a lot in the house and I love to try different party mix recipes with popcorn. Looks delicious!

  2. February 6, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Desi style popcorn, only you can make that look and sound delicious!!

  3. February 10, 2015 / 11:50 am

    I must be behind on your posts because I missed the reveal of that wall! It makes the perfect Bollywood movie night backdrop! And that popcorn looks delish 🙂 I can smell the cilantro/lime combo – one of my faves! Great photos, Aziz!

  4. February 11, 2015 / 9:17 am

    We love popcorn in our house and Indian style popcorn sounds fantastic! I’ll definitely be trying it out! How big is the popper? That’s the one negative about popcorn poppers, they are so bulky!

    • February 11, 2015 / 11:17 am

      The Party Popper is pretty big when it’s put together, but what’s really nice is that you can take it apart and the popper portion fits into the bowl for storage. that’s actually a great perk of this machine – it pops directly into the bowl that you can use to eat out of.

  5. February 11, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    What a cool way to make your popcorn have an extra kick to it I totally never thought of adding ingredients like that to something as simple as popcorn! I used to have a popcorn machine as a kid and have very fond memories of using it with my grandma perhaps it’s time to invest in another!

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