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Cooking From Scratch: Mustard!

I am really excited to reveal that I am starting a “Cooking From Scratch” series where every week I will be sharing recipes for foods which commonly trip us up on the quest to cook from scratch.

One of the biggest pitfalls for me is sauces and dips. My favourite is mustard, so I decided to start with that! Now that I’ve made it myself I can comfortably claim that there is no excuse not to make your own; this recipe is so simple, so quick and just as – if not more – delicious than the shop-bought brands.

Here we go!


1/4 cup black/brown mustard seeds

1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds

3/4 cup lemon juice

¼ cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon sugar/honey/maple syrup (optional)

Your choice of spices (I use a pinch of asafoetida for flavour and turmeric for colour and those healthy antioxidants!)



Grind mustard seeds and water in a spice grinder until you have a coarse paste (for mild mustard use warm water and for a stronger mustard use cold water)

Leave paste to sit for 10 minutes (the longer you leave it the milder it becomes)

Add sugar/sweetener, salt and spices (I suggest about ½ tsp. turmeric and ¼ tsp. of asafoetida)

Stir in lemon juice. Blend mixture by hand until it reaches desired consistency, adding more water if needed

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There are so many delicious ways to use this mustard other than using it as a dip or spread. It makes a great addition to a homemade salad dressing, vegetable curry or soup to name just a few ideas!

I hope you all have fun with this recipe, I’ll be back next week with a new cooking from scratch recipe.

Please get in touch with any mustard-related tips & recommendations or any ideas on what you want to see me cook from scratch: you name it, I’ll cook it! You can check out the recipe video and Cooking From Scratch playlist on our YouTube channel – don’t forget to subscribe!

Can’t wait to see you next week.

Hema x

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