Japanese style 7 spice mix (shichimi togarashi)

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Japanese style 7 spice mix 
My Japanese style 7 spice mix - inspired by the 7 spice blend shichimi togarashi (roughly translated as 7 spices/chillies). An interesting and unique blend of flavours; fresh, spicy, citrussy, fragrant and salty. It is delicious as a seasoning sprinkled onto noodle and rice dishes, soups and grilled and roasted meat and fish dishes too. 


4 clementines
1 roasted nori sheet (about 3g)
2 tbs Szechuan peppercorns
2 tbs dried chilli flakes (or 3/4 dried chillies)
1 tbs poppy seed
1 tbs sesame seed
1 tbs garlic granules


preheat the oven to 100C and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper/baking parchment.

zest the clementines and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Roast for 12-15 minutes - until the zest is dried out. 

roast the Szechuan peppers in a dry frying pan for a few minutes/until they become fragrant.

toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan until lightly golden.

add all the ingredients to a blender and whizz up for a minute or 2 until you have fine granules.

store in an airtight container. Bon appetit! 

cooks hints and tips:

keep a very close eye when roasting the peppercorns, clementine zest and sesame seeds - one second they are perfect - the next burnt! 

it makes a great seasonal food gift too. 

a great way of using up clementines and odds and ends of seeds and spices in your cupboard. 

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  1. That mix sounds so flavoursome. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  2. A lovely simple flavouring :) Will have to give it a go!

    1. thank you - one of my favourites - love it on Asian inspired noodle soups. Let me know how you get on...

  3. This sounds lovely - a great way to liven up plain fish and meat. Thanks so much for entering into this month's no waste challenge!

    1. thanks Tracy - it's great on fried eggs too at breakfast time! Sprinkled a bit on this morning :)

  4. I have never heard of this before but the flavours sound really good!

    1. it's delicious - thanks so much. Am putting it on loads of things at the moment - good on grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, noodles....


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