When you have mustard seeds in your refrigerator these days, it probably means that you're in the middle of a good food holiday. This festive season means different things to different people but to most people it means being able to pick out and consume tasty foods that are fresh and not frozen or canned. This is precisely what you get with these mustards seeds that you can buy from most supermarkets. They are a great addition to salads and make great finger foods as well.
The first thing you will notice when you go out shopping for wasabi is that it comes in various shapes and sizes, each of which brings something different to the table. When looking at the various brands of this Japanese ingredient, one of the more popular products is actually shaped like a football. Look closely at some of the mustards seeds on sale in the supermarket and you will be surprised by just how versatile they really are.
Japanese mustards seeds are a little bit harder to find in supermarkets in America because they are traditionally used as an ingredient in rice and vegetable dishes. However, these little dried pods are making their way to stores all over the country and some of them come in interesting varieties such as the football shape mentioned earlier. Look closely at the packet and you'll likely be able to identify the distinctive flavour. It's a light and subtle yellow colour that is reminiscent of sweet corn and toasted rice.
In addition to using the Japanese variety for flavouring soups, stews and sauces, mustard seeds can be sprinkled onto a variety of vegetables to provide that crunchy, crisp texture. For example, to give a rich flavour to roasted potatoes, mix roasted potatoes with some of the tiny black seeds and let them steep for about 2 minutes before adding to boiling water. As you can see, there is a whole array of ways you can use this versatile product. You don't have to use it just to add colour to your meals, but can instead use it to create different tastes throughout your food. So what are you waiting for?
If you're looking for a way to bring colour into your cooking, try using a combination of English mustard seeds and meal-long lettuce leaves to create a vibrant colour in soups, stews or curries. Just sprinkling these small black-eyed peas around your panini or sandwich won't do it for you. Add them at the end to finish the dish and get that brilliant contrast that will highlight the vegetables. You can also sprinkle some on top of the finished meal for a real kick.
Another great thing about using brassica for flavoring is that these small black seeds come in many varieties. Some are quite bitter, but others offer a slightly sweeter taste that is great in salads. For example, you can try combining some chopped zucchini with cooked yellow onions to make a delicious and attractive salad dressing. If you like the natural taste of mustard seeds, then try cooking with a mixture of white and red onions, too. Then drizzle on some olive oil and season well, just as you would a butter and bacon dressing.
As with all seeds, you don't have to use too much. Simply mix them up in a bowl and use as you would any other spice. To get that authentic Indian flavour, though, keep track of how much you add. It's all about creating the right balance between spice and sweetness. Try a few spoons at a time so that you don't end up overwhelming your stomach.
There are many ways you can use these seeds to make your meals interesting and more interesting than they already are. You can use them in combination with other spices to create a completely new taste. You might find that pickingling spice is not your favourite part of your meal, but adding a dash of it here or there will change everything. And who knows, maybe the next time you make a meal you'll be able to use a combination of these spices and come up with something you never thought was possible!