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Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi, the Japanese Seven Flavour Spice Mix


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: Makes a small jar

Ingredients

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  • 1 tsp Japanese Sancho peppercorns or Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tsp dried orange peel
  • 2 Tbsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp Nori (roasted seaweed for sushi)
  • half tsp ground ginger

Instructions

Everything needs to be pounded or chopped in a chopper, then mixed together and stored.

  1. Place the peppercorns and orange peel in a small frying pan and dry roast for 1 – 2 minutes on medium-low heat until you get a lovely aroma. Don’t let it burn. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. While waiting for them to cool, let’s blitz everything else that needs to be milled. Place the chilli flakes and both the sesame seeds into a spice mil and blitz to a semi coarse grind. Place in a bowl. Don’t worry about the stubborn sesame seeds that stay whole, this just adds to the final flavour and texture.
  3. Tear up the nori and grind to a semi coarse texture in the spice mill. Add to the same bowl.
  4. Now blitz the orange peel and peppercorns to about the same size.
  5. Finally, mix everything together very well and store in a spice jar in a cool dry place, as you would your other spices.

Try and use it within a month as its potency will decrease as with all spices.