Sencha powder is, like matcha, extremely versatile in cooking. However, you may be wondering what spices would go well with Sencha powder. This recipe uses Sencha Powder Spice Blend, which is also very versatile.
Sencha powder is naturally yellowish green–compared to matcha–so it does not work as well to add vibrant green color to the food. However, the color intensity is not an indication of its potency. The yellow-green color is proof of the fact that the tea leaf was exposed to abundant sunlight. And abundant sunlight generates abundant Catechin antioxidants in the tea leaf! Adding Sencha powder to your cooking is a great way to add the powerful green tea phytochemicals to your diet.
I was gifted a bunch of local, gorgeous ripe tomatoes, so I decided to make “pico de gallo.” All of us can eat more vegetables and Pico de Gallo is one of my favorites. They look sparkly to me and it’s pleasing to my eye and it is full of fresh aroma and taste.
This recipe is no ordinary Pico de Gallo, though. This recipe is so good that even “tomato haters” have second bites and more. My daughter is one of them. She doesn’t like a tomato. Even tomato sauce would be something she would avoid. But when she had a bite of this Pico de Gallo this morning, she scooped a big heaping on top of her scrambled eggs.
Once I saw it, I told her with a smile, “I’m so glad you are eating tomatoes!” My daughter: “Yeah, mom, this is yummy.” That’s when I revealed my secret ingredient–“Of course! I used Sencha powder.” And she said, “Yeah, I knew you would do that.”
I’ve been using my “Sencha powder spice blend” to prepare meat and vegetables, including kale chips, grilled vegetables, etc. This seasoning is a winner because you’d be consuming less salt as it adds more depth in flavor without as much salt.
How to make Sencha Powder Seasoning Blend
Mix 1/2 tsp. black pepper and 1 Tbsp. each of the following ingredients: Edible Green Organic Sencha Powder (regular or decaf), Garlic powder, Smoked paprika, and Kosher salt (use even less or omit completely, if you wish). Store it in an air-tight container and use it as a salt substitute.
How to make Pico de Gallo
- Chop and mix the first four ingredients of the ingredient list below:
1 Red onion
1/4 c Cilantro
2. Add the following two ingredients to the chopped tomato mix:
4 cloves Garlic (minced)
Lime juice squeezed from 1 lime
3. Gently stir while seasoning it to taste with Sencha Powder Seasoning Blend (about 1/2 tsp.)
This recipe makes about 3 cups. Enjoy!
Our Edible Green Sencha powder is organic, genuine Japanese Sencha ground into a fine powder form. Edible Green is our trademark and is available in regular (teal label) and water-processed decaf (orange label).
Pico de Gallo made with Sencha Powder Spice Blend
- 3 Tomatoes
- 1 Red Onion
- 3 Avocados
- ¼ cup Cilantro
- 4 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 Lime juiced
- ½ tsp Sencha Powder Seasoning Blend (see seperate Recipe)
- Chop and mix the first four ingredients
- Mince the garlic; juice lime; Add to the chopped tomato mix
- Gently stir while seasoning it to taste with Sencha Powder Seasoning Blend (about 1/2 tsp.)
Sencha Powder Spice Blend
- ½ tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp Edible Green Organic Sencha Powder regular or decaf
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 tbsp Kosher Salt you may use less or omit completely
- Mix together; store in an airtight container