Kalo Jeera Goat Cheese
As you know, my husband and I like to cook a variety of foods at home. We like to experiment with different types of cuisine and to mix things up a bit. Our latest food fusion combines two really great items into one really really great item.
Item Number One: I think my favorite Indian spice is kalo jeera, also known as kalonji or black cumin. I especially love this little black seed in vegetable dishes.
Item Number Two: One thing we have been eating in our salads recently is goat cheese. We’ve had it plain with no other flavors added and we’ve had it with garlic and herbs.
The idea to mix up the two things came about this week when we were shopping for groceries and decided that plain, unflavored goat cheese was a better bargain than buying the pre-flavored kind. We could buy twice as much cheese for the same price if we chose the plain one and we could split up the cheese and make our own flavor combinations. We like to be creative in the kitchen and we also have a pretty well stocked spice cabinet (which I love!).
When we made it home with all our groceries, it was goat cheese flavor time. We really enjoyed the garlic and herb flavored one we had before, so on one half of the package I recreated that flavor without the garlic because we usually make a garlic and lemon dressing for our salads. I thought this goat cheese could live without it.
For the second half, I wanted to use something a little more Indian inspired. I thought about all the wonderful spices in our cabinet and decided to try kalo jeera. I tasted one of the seeds without frying it and realized the flavor is much better after being fried. So I heated up a little bit of mustard oil, fried my kalo jeera, drained the excess oil, and added the kalo jeera to my goat cheese. After mixing and adding a small bit of freshly ground black pepper, it was perfect! I wrapped up both flavors of goat cheese so they could set up in the fridge.
After a couple of days of letting the flavors really sink into the cheese, we tried the kalo jeera one on our salad last night. It was so good! The combination of the kalo jeera and goat cheese was on point. And since the kalo jeera are small seeds, some get stuck in your teeth and become the gift that keeps on giving! 🙂