A popular local snack, hurricane popcorn can easily become an obsession for those who love the crunchy lightness of popcorn and the savory umami of furikake, a Japanese rice seasoning made of roasted seaweed and sesame seeds.

In a previous post, I detailed making a healthy, at home version of furikake. You can visit that recipe here: Aloha Moringa! Or, buy a version from the store. I encourage you to read through the ingredients to ensure there is no MSG or other unhealthy fillers.

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  • 2 Tbsp furikake
  • 1-2 Tbsp melted butter or alternative oil (based on your preference)
  • ½ cup (or 1 handful) Japanese rice crackers/arare (optional)
  • Bag of popcorn (I recommend stove top for the healthiest version, but if you’re feeling lazy, use a bag of unsalted, no-butter popcorn)

Arare, or rice crackers, to add to your hurricane popcorn for some extra crunch!


  1. Pop some popcorn. Here’s a great recipe for making popcorn on the stove using a normal, everyday pot: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_popcorn/
  2. Melt butter in a double boiler or using low heat in a microwave
  3. Carefully drizzle butter over popcorn evenly. The butter will help the furikake stick to your popcorn.
  4. Mix furikake with Japanese rice crackers
  5. Sprinkle on top of popcorn.
  6. Shake or stir.

Some other popular Hawaiian snacks that are made better with a bit of moringa:

Hawaiian Shave Ice – if you can add li hing mui (a sour powder made from dried, salted plums), why not moringa

Moringa Spam Musubi – sprinkle some moringa powder onto your rice after it’s finished cooking, form your rice balls, top with cooked spam and wrap in toasted seaweed. For a healthier version of spam musubi, I recommend using brown rice.

Life hack: To get your nori (toasted seaweed) to seal properly, dab open end with a small amount of salt water, as if you were closing an envelope, and place the side of your musubi with the open end face down. The heat from the rice “steams” the seaweed shut.


Garlic Chicken – either sprinkle moringa on hot-from-the-stove garlic chicken or whisk moringa into the garlic sauce before tossing the chicken in it. Check out this link for a classic garlic chicken recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/sesame-garlic-chicken-294746

To make the recipe in the above link healthier, substitute mochiko for cornstarch and liquid aminos for soy sauce

Also a great dish to have with rice and furikake!

You can find many more yummy moringa recipes on our blog!