Come rainy days and I want a cozy fix – A good indoor read, a hot cup of tea and of course a snack are the best. Often times, I find my snack pantry empty which means I have to go into my reserve stash of foreign goodies from stores back in Indian that I miss here. How spoilt I am to want Thattai from Grand Sweets and Kaju Mixture from Shree Mithai, that my mom sends me a care package with all the goodies every once in a while. But these are to be used sparingly. Days of sadness, low points in careers, call from the doctor warrant these snacks, alcohol and ice cream. But most dayside not.
Into the pantry I went looking for what would compliment my tea.
There was nothing interesting. Of course! The holidays just passed and most of my snacks were done. I was long done with my Chevdo ; I wasn’t in the mood to make any.
Now, a look in the grains pantry. Ah ha! Popcorn kernels. (I never have microwave popcorn at home. I have been told it can give cancer. I am not sure of how true it is, but why risk it??) Homemade popcorn is the quickest and easiest home made snack ever. Here is the recipe.
Duration- About 5-6 minutes
1/3 cup corn kernels
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon salt
- Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a dutch oven on high.
- After about 30 seconds put in the corn kernels and cover the lid.
- once the popping starts, reduce the heat to medium and let the kernels go crazy.
- Shake the pot on the stove twice at minute intervals.
- Once the popping slows down, turn of the heat and wait with the lid of the dutch oven closed, just in case a couple of last minute pop corns decide to pop.
- Open the lid, add a teaspoon of salt.
P.S: If you do not use enough oil, the corn will pop but the popcorns that appears is kind off chewy and parts of it really poke your mouth. But if for health reasons you cannot eat even the amount of oil mentioned above, you can make it with 1/2 the oil (to get 1/4 the taste!)