Inspired by the flavors of a spicy red Thai coconut curry, this homemade popcorn is flavored with a fragrant mix of coconut, chili power, lemongrass, makrut lime leaves, garlic, and ginger. A little sugar rounds out the assertive flavors into an compelling little package.
Note: Dried chili powder can have different levels of heat depending on the type; you may have to adjust, adding more or less than the recipe calls for, to get the heat level right.
Thai Red Coconut Curry Popcorn Recipe
5 tablespoons dried coconut flakes
5 dried makrut lime leaves
2 teaspoons muscovado or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder (see note)
1 teaspoon roughly chopped fresh lemongrass
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest from 1 lime
1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
In an electric spice grinder or high-power blender, combine coconut, lime leaves, sugar, chili powder, lemongrass, powdered ginger, garlic powder, and lime zest and blend until a fine powder forms.
Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and drizzle melted butter all over, tossing to coat evenly. Add about 1/4 cup coconut mixture, tossing to coat evenly; add more, if necessary, until popcorn is well coated (leftover coconut mixture can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days). Season with salt and serve. Popcorn can be stored at room temperature in a zipper-lock bag overnight.
electric spice grinder or high-power blender
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||31%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|