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Garam Masala-Spiced Popcorn

TODAY All Day / TODAY All Day
Cook Time:
5 mins
Prep Time:
5 mins

Chef notes

This beautifully spiced garam masala-infused olive oil will bring earthy, savory flavors to any plain popcorn. Drizzle it on top of those hot, freshly popped kernels with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and you’ve got an incredible vegan snack for movie night, work or school. Goodbye buttered popcorn! You won’t be missed. 

Technique Tip: Be sure to use plain, unsalted popcorn. This mixture is going to add a lot of flavor, so no need for buttered microwave popcorn packets.  


  • 4 cups popcorn, popped using preferred method
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast



Prepare 4 cups of unseasoned popcorn (roughly one microwaveable bag), using preferred method.


In a small saucepan, add olive oil and heat on medium low.


Add garam masala, cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt to the olive oil. Toast spices in oil until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir spices to avoid burning. This infuses the oil with flavor and cooks out any raw spice taste.


Transfer popcorn to a large glass bowl and drizzle a small amount of masala-infused oil. Mix with hands or tongs. Add more flavored oil as desired. 


Toss the spiced popcorn with nutritional yeast and additional salt to taste. Enjoy!