Msg free seasoning
Some years back, while still at the boarding house in secondary school, my grandma sent me a meal of pounded yam and vegetable soup on visiting day. It was such a great meal, i really enjoyed it and when i complimented her on just delicious the soup was, i remember she said it was not cooked with seasoning cubes….she said she used only locust beans and a few other natural spices.
I am aware people are trying to avoid certain types of seasonings (especially ones containing MSG) for health reasons while some are simply trying to adopt using all natural seasonings into their lifestyle . Well, whatever category you fall in, i have a couple of all natural spices and seasoning to share with you.
Recently, while trying to replicate the method of cooking my grandma used to cook her delicious pot of vegetable soup (efo riro to be specific) , i discovered the untapped depth of flavors locked in everyday natural spices – crayfish, coriander, basil, onions, garlic,ginger, thyme, curry, locust beans. Depending on your taste palate , you can infuse these spices into everyday meals to make them really tasty such that you won’t need to use seasoning cubes.
Below is a list of all natural spices and seasonings available from themarketfoodshop.com. They are MSG Free, they do not contain any chemicals and can be used individually or together; depending on the kind of meals you are preparing. Some of them are suitable for individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure .
- Locust beans (iru – dried and blended) – This is freshly made locust beans ; It is hygienically processed, dried and blended for ready use. It is most suitable for seasoning traditional Nigerian soups. It can be combined with crayfish, blended dry fish and onions to achieve tasty soups. Unlike the fresh locust beans, it has a longer shelf life and a mild aroma which makes it easy to travel abroad with.
- Locust beans blended with crayfish – This is freshly made locust beans (iru); hygienically processed, dried and blended with crayfish for ready use. It is most suitable for seasoning traditional Nigerian soups; simply combine with dry fish powder and onions to achieve tasty traditional Nigerian soups.
- Joju all natural seasoning – This is a combination of natural spices , it is most suitable for stir fry dishes and for frying eggs. it can be used in combination with another variant of the seasoning ( aqueey ) to make fried rice and/or season meat and fish. It can also be combined with chilli flakes for spaghetti and noodles stir fry. Depending on the size of your cooking, you usually would need between one teaspoon to a tablespoon of this seasoning. This seasoning is suitable for people with diabetes and high blood pressure.
4) Aqeey all natural seasoning – This is a combination of natural spices; it can be used to season Nigerian jollof rice and tomato stews . It can also be used in combination with Joju seasoning to make fried rice, season meat and fish as well as for sauces like ofada sauce,garden egg sauce. This seasoning is suitable for people with diabetes and high blood pressure.
5) Chilli flakes : This is a mix of four (4) different types of roasted chilli. It can be used in combination with other seasonings to boil meat and for stir fry. It can also be added to ready meals to make them extra spicy. Its flavor is sweet and spicy and it gives a distinct aroma to dishes.
6) Dry fish powder – dry fish powder is blended dry fish. To achieve great tasting traditional Nigerian soups, it can be combined with crayfish,onions and dry locust beans (dried and blended) for seasoning without cubes.