Shichimi Togarashi

Seven Spice Mix

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes: A

    50 ml

    Jar

Appears in

Japanese Food Made Easy

Japanese Food Made Easy

By Aya Nishimura

Published 2020

  • About

Shichimi togarashi is a Japanese spice mix that is a blend of seven ingredients, such as chilli flakes, herbs, spices and seeds – the ingredients and proportions vary, depending on the brand. It gives an extra spicy kick to your meal. Try it with Lotus Root Crisps or Agedashi Tofu.

Ingredients

Fresh

  • three 1 x 5 cm (½ x 2 inch) pieces of orange peel, white pith removed
  • two 1 x 5 cm (½ x 2 inch) peeled slices of fresh ginger

Pantry

  • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon sansho Japanese pepper or whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon black or white sesame seeds
  • ½ tablespoon white or black poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon aonori powder or nori flakes

Method

Put the orange peel and ginger on a baking tray and leave it at room temperature for half a day, or dry it in a 170°C (340°F) oven for 5–7 minutes.

Blitz the dried orange peel and ginger in a spice grinder or a mini food processor.

Coarsely grind the chilli flakes, pepper and half the sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle.

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a sterilised screw-top jar for up to 2–3 months.