Mustard is a common ingredient in many cuisines and widely available all over the world. But I still felt that I need to spend time to make a condiment from mustard seeds from scratch. It started as an idea to add to Christmas presents – homemade cookies, sourdough rye crispbread, vegan Nutella truffles, and pickled mustard seeds – all packed up in nice little jars. Add a (vegan) cheese to this, and I am sure that most people would be happy to get this kind of present!
Since preparing the mustard seeds this way for the first time, I am adding them everywhere. They are relatively mild in taste but add a wonderful zing to many dishes. The texture slightly reminds caviar bursting in the mouth, adding a wonderfully gentle and warm spiciness.
So far, my favorite uses have been on deviled eggs, oven-roasted potatoes, seared salmon, sandwiches, and a condiment on a cheeseboard. I am sure there are many more ways to use these little pearls, so if you try them out somewhere else – don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section!
Cooking time: 40 minutes
1 cup yellow mustard seeds
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 35 minutes.
Depending on the mustard seeds, it might be that you need to add a little more water. Make sure there is some liquid left in the bottom of the pan at all times.
Taste mustard seeds halfway through the cooking. Add sugar, salt, or vinegar as needed to suit your taste buds.
Cool the seeds in the same pan; this way, they keep absorbing all the moisture.
Store in nice jars and enjoy on top of deviled eggs, salads, sandwiches, and everywhere else you usually use mustard.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: www.kahvliga.ee.
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