Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gomasio


Gomasio (go-ma-shio) is a wonderful Japanese condiment, made simply from sea salt and sesame seeds. I add seaweed to mine for added nutrients and flavor. It's good on just about anything, including salads, stir-fries, popcorn, and our favorite, Avocado-Tomato English MuffinsIt’s tastier and less salty than salt alone, and has the added bonus of calcium-loaded sesame seeds.


Gomasio


1 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted in a dry pan
½ cup raw sesame seeds
3 T sea salt
3 rounded T wakame (seaweed), ground well before adding (or granulated or powdered kelp)



Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Place half the mixture in a spice grinder, clean coffee grinder, or small food processor, and process just until the seeds are just ground up. Be careful not to make a paste. Return the ground mixture to the bowl and stir well. Store in a glass jar.

Note: It’s best to start with raw, un-hulled sesame seeds.

Variations: Omit the wakame, use only toasted sesame seeds, or add herbs, pepper flakes, wasabi powder, or other salt-free seasonings to the grinder for your own special blends.




4 comments:

Texan Zombie Goddess said...

Where can one find raw sesame seeds or raw almonds? What is the difference between "raw" and the type you can buy in, say, the nut aisle at the store? I'm new to this lol.

Thank!

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Kim Miles said...

A week in CA with minimal internet really slowed me down, but here I am, back in Taos, and back to work!

Texan Zombie Goddess - I get raw nuts and seeds from the bulk bins at our local natural foods store. A lot of mainstream markets have the bins also, in their "health food" aisles. (shouldn't ALL food be health food?) You can also order online if you can't find them locally. I love the guy in the big brown truck!

James - Thanks for the invitation. I'll be right over!

Kim Miles said...

PS - the nuts and seeds you get in cans and bags are generally toasted/roasted and salted. Not suitable for recipes that call for raw nuts.