Gomasio

Made with sesame seeds and salt, gomasio is used on plain rice and also adds flavor to any dish.

The standard ratio is 18 sesame to 1 salt.  I usually use a large teaspoon to get the desired amount that lasts me for a week or a little longer.

After making it, I keep it in a glass jar with a tight lid.

Heat a skillet on a high flame. Roast the salt first for few minutes until it looks shiny.

Place the roasted salt it in a suribachi (clay bowl with ridges, designed for grinding).  Suribachi grinder

Put the clean sesame seeds in the hot skillet and roast on high flame, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Shake the skillet from time to time because the seeds tend to burn easily.  When the seeds start to give off a good fragrance, try to crush one between your thumb and small finger. If it crushes easily, then it is done.

Grind the seeds and the salt in the suribachi with a pestle, applying a slow circular motion, until most of the seeds are crushed. After it is cool, put the gomasio in a glass jar with a tight lid.

Rosanna making gomasio

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those that want to grind the gomasio at the table

Japanese mill with gomasiothis little mill from Japan saves time and extra work.