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Make Your Own Shichimi Togarashi

Togarashi, also named Shichimi Togarashi, is a highly popular Japanese spice blend. It is used as an everyday condiment in Japan and can be compared to salt and pepper in the Western cooking world.

Togarashi means ‘peppers’, which is the basic ingredient of the mix, and Shichimi translates to ‘seven’, the exact number of spices included. “Seven-pepper spice” would be a good translation if the Togarashi Shichimi is too difficult to pronounce. 

all ingredients for shichimi togarashi spices

This popular spice mix dates back to the 17th century. Herb dealers produced it first in Edo, what is nowadays known as Tokyo. The basic spices included are hot chili peppers, orange peel, sesame seeds, pepper, ginger, poppy seeds, and nori sheet. It is important to cool the toasted spices before grinding them. Shichimi vendors adjust the mix according to the needs of their customers, much like you would find on markets around the world.

Don’t confuse this dominant pepper spice mix with the Chinese ‘five spices’ which has a more concentrated cinnamon and star anise flavour.

When to use Shichimi Togarashi?

A particularity of Togarashi is that it is often used to add flavour once the dish is ready.

Here are a few ways to optimize the use of this ‘seven spice mix’

  • Sprinkle over noodles.
  • Sprinkle over soups.
  • Sprinkle over boiled rice.
  • Use some to finish your salad dressing.
  • Uplift a marinade mix.
  • Add to a batter mix.
final togarashi spices

Shichimi Togarashi Spices

“Seven-pepper spice” would be a good translation if the Togarashi Shichimi is too difficult to pronounce.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiments, Spices
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 1 container
Calories 38 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Spice grinder
Sauté pan with lid

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 tbsp hot chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried orange peel
  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Szechuan pepper
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp toasted nori sheet

Instructions
 

  • Toast the sesame, Szechuan and poppy seeds.
    toast spices
  • Add the other ingredients and toast shortly
    toast spices for togarashi mix
  • When the toasted spices are cold, coarsely grind all ingredients together.
    add toasted spices into a grinder
  • Keep in an airtight container.
    final togarashi spices

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
Keyword flavour, herbs, spices
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