Naked Plate | Smoked Caviar and Rye Crisp bread – Finnish näkkileipä

We only ate smoked caviar and crisp breads when I was at school. Seriously one of the best snacks we enjoyed was smoked cod roe paste Kallen Mätitahna (Finnish) aka Kalles Kaviar (Swedish) or Kalle’s Caviar (English). It’s famous product in Finland, but all the credit goes to our dear neighbor Sweden, where this equally loved and hated paste is from. I would say it is the traditional food and brand, since year 1939 already. There are tons of recipes how to make wonderful tapas or cocktail food easily with smoked roe paste, but Kalle’s Caviar is best when squeezed directly from tube over a snip of rye crisp bread. Warning Kalle’s Kaviar is addictive.


I so appreciate Alex and Peter for their dedication and interest to study how much is one tube, you must open the link and see how they did it, way to go Peter and Alex!  Click here to see images

So, for a 190g tube of caviar, expect 16 servings, or enough to cover one 18 slice pack of crisp breads if you are not so lavish.

In Dubai Abba Seafood’s most squeezed tube is available at Carrefour’s and Hyper Panda. Why don’t you taste it?

This love story is not yet finished, as said Kalle’s caviar requires rye crisp bread, that inspired me to make first time in my life Finnish näkkileipä. I must say this crisp bread is now my daily bread, absolutely healthy and tasty.



Rye crispbread recipe

makes ax. 20 crispbreads
169 kcal per 100 g
• 2 tsp of dry yeast (or 25 g fresh yeast)
• 1 cup of warm water
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• about 2 cups of rye flour
• about ½ cup of wheat flour
• about ½ cup of sunflower seeds
• 1 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds (optional)

Baking Instructions
Add dry yeast to warm water or crumble the fresh yeast in warm water.
Mix all dry ingredients and add water with yeast little by little.
Knead the dough few minutes. The dough will be sticky. Let the dough rise about an hour.
Roll out or press the dough into very thin. Use the flour if the dough is too sticky.
Poke holes with fork on flat bread and bake in 220 C degree oven for about 8-10 min.

Tip! The dough was easy to roll directly on silicone or teflon baking sheet and lift it over baking tray and bake. Thus crisp bread is harder than store bought. Let it dry or after breads are cooled, keep them in moderate hot oven for few more minutes to be really crisp.

I calculated nutritional value of rye crisp bread at It is really one of the kind website (only in Finnish) where user can download recipes of their own to see the final dose of the carbon footprint. Each recipe is also displayed in the nutritional value and the GDA recommendations for daily food ration. The service directs users to eat ethically and ecologically, and preparing food that is good for health and environment.

How much is one tube
Kalle’s kaviar at Wikipedia