Gomasio is a traditional Japanese condiment that aids digestion and adds flavor and nutrients to your food. Use it like you use salt and you’ll get more flavor and nutrition. A quick breakdown of the ingredients: Black sesame seeds are known to support kidney and adrenal function. They also provide fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Seaweed, which ever kind you choose, is a cooling food rich in iodine and trace elements. Nori, Dulse or Kelp all work well in this recipe. I used half kelp and half nori for the super bonus thyroid support. For a more mellow sea flavor go with dulse or a combination of the three. Nettles support lung health, especially helpful for asthma sufferers and they also support proper thyroid function (hello metabolism!). Any dried herbs you add will have their own health benefits adding extra flavor, vitamins and minerals. When making food choices it’s important to think about how you can get the maximum nutrition out of each meal you eat. Using healthy condiments like gomasio is a great way to do just that!
1 cup brown or black sesame seeds
1 cup white sesame seeds
1/2 to 3/4 cup ground seaweed like Dulse, Nori and/or Kelp (Kelp has the strongest flavor, just fyi)
1/4 Nettles powder
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
You can also add any dried herbs that you love: basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, tarragon, celery seeds, ect.
Lightly dry roast the sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Shake or stir so they toast evenly. The light seeds will turn light brown and will start to make crackling sounds when done. About 10-15 minutes.
Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or Cuisinart along with the salt so that you have about half ground seeds and half whole.
Lightly dry roast the seaweed (if is isn’t already) in the oven until crispy. Grind in a coffee grinder or Cuisinart.
Mix everything together and store in an air tight container. Add to soups, salads and other foods the same way you would use salt.