The roots of this spice blend can be traced back to the 1600’s, where it was first made by herb and spice traders in Tokyo. First sold in pharmacies, the first use for Shichimi Togarashi was medicinal, not for culinary. That came later after street vendors realized they could jazz up their dishes with this amazing blend!
Togarashi itself means Peppers, and there are three different types of Togarashi: Shichimi, Nanami, and Ichimi. Shichimi meaning “seven flavors” and Nanami meaning “seven seas” are essentially the same seasoning but with the same 7 ingredients in different ratios – most notably the orange peel ratio between the two. Ichimi Togarashi is just the peppers without the other seasonings.
The ingredients for Togarashi vary regionally and even by household! The most common found ingredients in Togarashi are: Orange (satsuma) peel, sesame seeds, chili peppers, ginger, nori, poppy seeds, Sichuan peppercorns, black sesame seeds, Japanese chili pepper, and hemp seeds. The blending at that point becomes the masterpiece of the creator!
Shichimi Togarashi is a fun blend for all levels of cooks because the flavors are very easy to balance with other flavors and even cuisines! Hints from a chef: the orange peel will help balance out fatty meats and the nori sheets provide that “umami” that everyone so desperately seeks, and don’t forget about the little bit of heat from the peppers! Speaking of peppers – this blend is not incredibly spicy, nor should it be.
Try it with: Noodle dishes, Grilled/Roasted Meats and Vegetables
Ingredients: Chili flakes, orange peel, sesame seeds, ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, poppy seeds, nori
Gather Ingredients are hand-blended at Gather in our spice room and do not use any preservatives, additives or chemicals. All of our spices are sourced by us, blended by us and packed by us, so we can assure the highest quality of products for your kitchen.
Spices are not available for delivery and must be picked up at Gather Food Studio, 2011 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Spices can be added to your cooking class orders for pick up during class or with your Recipe Kits for Virtual Online Cooking Classes.