There are A quick way to jazz up a packet of microwave popcorn.  A spectacular snack that we have ordered at the Bindaas restaurant in Washington, D.C. Each spice measurement is minuscule but, trust me, this transforms plain popcorn. Ingredients: One 3.2 ounce microwave popcorn packet Seeds to crackle: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds Remainder of flavoring: 1 teaspoon chopped Thai chili, or less to taste ¼ teaspoon chili powder (may omit) ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder ⅛ teaspoon asafetida powder ¼ teaspoon sugar ¼ teaspoon salt Zap the popcorn according to package directions and set aside. Heat the oil to shimmering (see YouTube to view properly shimmering cooking oil). Add all the seeds and let them crackle while they release their moisture. When cracking is done, add in everything else and stir well to combine.  The flavoring portions are so small that they will need to be combined very thoroughly. Pour the entire mixture over the cooked popcorn and stir well. Keep mixing as you eat the popcorn to continue to spread the flavoring. It’s a race to the bottom of the bowl to finish this small portion of popcorn! Adapted from the Rasika: Flavors of India cookbook from 2017.  
Masala Popcorn
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