All about our favourite munching buddy, popcorn!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Do you find yourself saying this often “I am a popcorn fanatic. No matter how full I am, I can eat popcorn!” Ditto for me, especially when there’s a movie binge session at home these days, earlier at theatres! It’s a feeling so incomparable that has been travelling through centuries, more than 5,000 years old! It is worth to come across the fact that before stoves and microwaves came into being, hot sand was used to provide the right amount of heat to prepare the corn kernels to pop. Even till today, this method is used by some of the popcorn sellers on Indian streets. 


Did you know the popped corn so well? 

  1. Popcorn is so indispensable all around the year that most of the microwave ovens have a ‘popcorn’ control button on it!

  2. Popcorn can expand up to 30 times its original size when popped.

  3. Good news for all gluten conscious people! Popcorn is gluten-free, which means it’s a perfect snack for you! In addition, health freaks can have a guilt-free binge, as popcorn is low in calories too. 

  4. Did you know that the world’s largest popcorn ball was 12 feet in diameter and weighed 5,000 pounds?

  5. The jumping range of a popping corn kernel can go upto 3 feet high! 

  6. You must have got a list for yourself with foods that are high on protein content. But did you know that popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain? 

  7. The ideal popping temperature for a corn kernel is between 400-460° Fahrenheit. On an average, a kernel pops when it reaches 347° Fahrenheit.


All about the facts, and now it’s time for some hatke recipes. So, here are some of the top picks especially for you to enjoy in this pandemic. Snuggle in a blanket with a tub of popcorn and go on a binge watch session of your favourite movies/series. The best feeling ever isn’t it? Check out these recipes. 


  1. Masala Popcorn

Chatpata never goes out of fashion! So, bringing you the evergreen love for yummy, tangy and addictive version of popcorn. Masala Popcorn will not leave any stone unturned to charm you with its taste. 


  1. Three Flavour Popcorn

The bouquet of best flavours is packed in this single version. Guess, there’ll be a flavour for each genre of movie that you are watching! Enjoy!


  1. Caramel Nut and Popcorn Ice Cream

Best of both the worlds with this one! The longing for sweet cravings with these two endearing ingredients being put together will make your world heavenly! You’ll be surely smitten by the taste and textures.


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.