Mustard is one of the oldest and widely used condiments around the world. Not only is it useful in its most natural form but also wholesome when mixed and ground to make a sauce. It comes in various colors, and mustard lovers can choose from various options, including yellow mustard, honey mustard, spicy brown mustard, Dijon mustard, and whole grain mustard.
Leaving all other mustard sauces aside, we will talk about only the grainy mustard sauce today. It’s made with black mustard seeds and wine and grounded slightly to make a grainy, nutty texture. Before the trend of mustard powders, all mustards were grainy mustards, coarsely ground. For most people, grainy mustard is more of texture and less of flavor, but only those who know mustard well would notice the difference in taste, which is sweeter and milder than other mustards.
Although you would find many grainy mustard brands in the market, nothing beats the freshness, aroma, and flavor of one made at home. Making a mustard dip at home is also very easy. Usually, in a grainy mustard sauce, there are two kinds of mustard seeds used; yellow and brown. With the mildness of yellow mustard seeds and pungency of brown mustard seeds, the flavor turns out to be a blend of both enriching and neutral.
Have a look at some of the simple, quick recipes that will make for a great Grainy mustard dipping sauce.
1. Honey Mustard Sauce
- Whole grain mustard
- Cayenne pepper
- Dijon mustard
You can prepare this tangy and sweet sauce in a few minutes without needing any fancy kitchen gadgets. All you need is a whisk and some measuring cups and spoons. So, start by adding all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk well until you get a smooth paste.
Serve the sauce immediately, or you can also store it for up to two weeks in your fridge.
2. Sweet and Salty Grainy Mustard Sauce
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/3 cup yellow mustard seeds
- 1/3 cup brown mustard seeds
- 1 to 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
In a bowl, add water, vinegar, yellow and brown mustard seeds and let them rest for 8-24 hours or until the seeds have softened. Now take a half cup out of this mixture and keep it aside. Put the remaining soaked mixture, salt, and brown sugar in a blender and blend into a thick mixture. Add this blended mixture into the reserved soaked seed mixture and fold well. Pour this in jars and let it settle for 1 or 2 days so that the spices are merged nicely into the whole mixture. With this grainy mustard sauce, the more it settles, the better it will taste.
3. Low-Fat Grainy Mustard Dipping Sauce
- ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
- ¼ cup low-fat plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl until all are combined. Store in a jar, cover the lid, and refrigerate for 2 days before serving or using
4. Grainy Mustard Sauce with Wine
- 1/4 cup brown mustard seeds
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon light brown sugar (if you want to make it sweeter)
In a bowl, add mustard seeds, vinegar, and wine together, cover the lid and let it soak for two days at room temperature. After two days, when you see the seeds soften, blend them in a blender alongside adding sugar and salt. Blend enough to form a granular paste. Store this mixture in an airtight jar in the refrigerator and serve after settling it for two days.
5. 3-Minute Magic Honey Mustard Sauce
- ¼ cup pure honey
- 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ cup whole grain mustard
- ¼ cup real mayo
- ½ tsp onion powder
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
First, take all the ingredients and combine them in a bowl. Whisk until they get smooth and well combined. Use it immediately, or you can store the dip in an airtight container for several weeks in the fridge. Serve it to your family and guests; everyone will love it.
6. Simple Grainy Mustard Sauce
- Three tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth
- Two tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup coarse-grain mustard
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Take a large saucepan or skillet and whisk all the ingredients over medium heat. After that, bring the sauce to a gentle simmer. Cool the sauce for about three minutes until it thickens slightly. And lastly, spoon or pour the sauce over the cooked meat and enjoy the sauce. The sauce takes five minutes to prepare.
- Calories from Fat: 88%
- Cholesterol: 82 mg
- Carbohydrates: 3 grams
- Fat: 24 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- 245 calories
- Saturated fat: 14 grams
- Sugars: 1 gram
- Sodium: 263 mg
Mustard – A Source of Nutrition
There are several varieties of mustard plants, and all of them are rich in nutrients. Their leaves are rich in vitamins K, A, and C, copper, and calcium, and the seeds are rich in selenium, manganese, fiber, and magnesium (source 1, source 2).
You can eat mustard leaves in whatever way you want, cooked or raw. You can also make them a versatile addition to stews, soups, and salads. Moreover, you can prepare mustard leaves the same way as spinach, but it will give a radish-like, sharper taste to your meals. Mustard is a simple way to add a dash of phosphorous, selenium, and calcium to your meals.
Safety and Possible Side Effects of Mustard
For most people, consuming mustard paste, leaves, or seeds is safe when taken in a moderate amount (found in the average person’s diet). However, when consumed in large quantity, it may result in gut inflammation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. According to a report, a woman who applied a Chinese medicine patch directly to her skin developed contact dermatitis because the patch contained mustard seeds.
Moreover, a significant amount of goitrogens are present in uncooked mustard leaves and seeds that can interfere with the normal functioning of the gland- thyroid. The thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism, and it must function normally.
It should not concern you if you don’t have any thyroid issues. However, people with impaired thyroid function should boil, soak, or cook the mustard leaves and seeds before consuming them. Or another way is limiting the intake of mustard seeds and leaves in their diet.
These are just a few recipes that will give you healthy grainy mustard sauce at home in no time, no hassle, and very few ingredients. Including mustard in your diet daily has its own set of benefits. For those aiming to lose weight, mustard has B-complex vitamins that boost your metabolism and help in reducing weight faster. Additionally, mustard also helps fight cancer, lowers cholesterol, and controls symptoms of asthma. It’s time to make mustard a must in your food.