camping food: cumin and curry popcorn

Whenever Patrick and I roll into a campsite, I secretly hope that little camp elves have prepared a glass of wine with cheese and crackers for me, and a cold beer with chips and salsa for Patrick. I have yet to find said elves, so for now I guess I will manage with the food supply in our ARB car refrigerator (please roll your eyes at me right now). But in all seriousness, setting up camp when you are tired, hungry hangry, and have to pee is basically the trifecta of unmet needs, which should be taken very seriously.

Umatilla National Forest, near the town of Dayton, WA

This is the perfect opportunity for camping popcorn to swoop in and save the evening AND save your marriage from another setting-up-camp-argument (fellow campers, don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about). Appease and impress your partner with this savory, salty, and scrumptious snack (ridiculous alliteration but I couldn’t help myself). Get a fire going or set up your camp stove and five minutes later you have something tasty to keep the hangry monster at bay.




Camping Supplies needed: heat source (fire or propane stove), 2 quart (or larger) pot with lid, oven mitt or towel, measuring spoons

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) popcorn kernels
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon hot madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

Heat oil and 2-3 kernels of popcorn over medium heat in a pot with the lid on. When the kernels start to pop, add cumin, curry powder, salt, and remaining kernels. With an oven mitt or towel, continuously move the pot (with lid on) in a circular motion to keep kernels moving and prevent burning while they pop. When about 20 seconds pass without any more popping sounds, remove pot from stove or fire. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Happy camping!

3 thoughts on “camping food: cumin and curry popcorn

  1. A pot on my gas stove is the only way I ever make popcorn. I’m “old school” when it comes to that. And, I’ll bet it tastes even better popped on a camp stove. My son is always on a search for different seasonings for popcorn, so I’m sure your recipe will do the trick. By the way, I’m still hoping for a house elf to prepare wine and cheese, etc. around here, but in a cruel twist of fate, the house elf turns out to be me, lol! Your comment about wishing for little camp elves definitely resonated with me (and made me laugh). Thanks for this lovely recipe and post.


    1. It truly is the best way to make popcorn! And I need to start experimenting with other flavors! I’m thinking right now of something with rosemary. Do you have any favorite combos?


      1. I’ve tried the rosemary before and it was delicious. I also tried a combination of Italian seasonings which I liked a lot. My son wasn’t crazy about either. Personally, my favorite combo is simple butter and salt on my popcorn. My son usually picks out the bottled combinations at the grocery store. I haven’t given up on developing his popcorn palate though. 🙂


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