So many of us have vowed to keep our diets as healthy as possible, one of the major ways we can achieve this is by incorporating natural spices into our recipes rather than seasoning cubes.
These spices not only offer great taste, but a truck load of health benefits too. In no particular order, we present to you our top ten…Nigerian Cooking Spices
1. Udah: Uda or Udah is one spice which has a strong and unique taste and aroma which makes it the preferred spice for Nsala soup but can even be found ‘Suya Pepper’. Uda is also said to contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E and folic acid.
2. Ehuru: Some refer to it as African nutmeg or Jamaican nutmeg and is mostly used in banga or pepper soup but can be sampled in a number or recipes you can even add a bit of it to your ofada stew. It is highly aromatic and offers a unique taste.
3. Oziza seeds: Peppery seed ground and added to cooking to give a peppery flavour.
4. Uzziza Leaves: Uzziza leaf, boasts of a sweet smell, just like its seed, it also offers a slightly peppery flavor. It is used fresh and can even be substitute Ugwu in your egusi soup.
5. Ogiri: Ogiri is a flavoring made of fermented oil seeds, such as sesame seeds, oil bean, or egusi seeds.Given that these seeds are fermented they are rich in live cultures – like probiotic yogurts – which help the immune system by introducing good, healthy bacteria.
6. Ginger: Have you ever cooked your meats using ginger? The results are delicious! Ginger’s tangy freshness, light spiciness, warmth, and mellow sweetness complement a range of dishes, from sweet to savory. This root also has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.
7 Achi: Achi is not really a spice it is a thickener but its flavor does offer a unique spin on your bitter leaf and oha soups. Achi is usually dissolved in water and used in it’s ground/powdered form.
8. Locust beans: Otherwise known as iru is usually found in eforiro soup or okro soup amongst others. But we bet you didn’t know that research has proven that locust bean helps to promote good sight and reduces the odds of hypertension and diseases like stroke and diabetes. The best part is that it has shown potential benefit for enhancing weight loss and controlling blood sugar levels… We call that a super spice!
9. Scent leaf: Researchers have found that using scent leaf or sweet basil and bitter leaf in combination or singly could stop the growth of breast, lung and prostate cancers.
10. Ground Crayfish
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