Saturday, November 23, 2019

Almost Bagel Spice & Seed Mix

Almost Bagel Spice & Seed Mix is a savory spice mix that can be sprinkled on just about everything for a nutty, crunchy flaovor boost. It is my version of a very popular spice mix. The toasted seeds, crisp onions and garlic add a lively and wonderful flavor to even the simplest of foods. Delicious on toast, salads, pasta, guacamolehummus, or anything at all.

Toast the seeds before mixing with the rest of the ingredients to bring out their nutty flavor. Onions and garlic maybe omitted if you like; add a couple of pinches asafetida instead along with the pepper and chile. Just like the sesame seeds, I like using a combination of black and white poppy seeds also. White poppy seeds and Asafetida are available in Indian markets.


3 Tbsp Poppy seeds
3 Tbsp Sesame seeds, a mixture of black and white
1 Tbsp dried minced Garlic
2 Tbsp dried minced Onion
3 Tbsp coarse Sea Salt

1- 2 tsp freshly cracked Black Pepper
1/2 - 1 tsp Cayenne or Red Chile Flakes


Measure out all the ingredients and keep them ready.

Heat the seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, cook, swirling the skillet and stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

If using the optional pepper and cayenne or red chile, add it at this time and cook stirring for about 30-40 seconds or so.

Stir in the garlic and onion and turn off heat. Swirl and stir the seed mixture in the hot skillet for a minute. Transfer to a heat proof bowl and stir in salt.

Let cool completely then transfer to a resealable container. Store at room temperature.


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