Homemade seasoning salt instead of stock cubes.





Since my two son are diagnosed with autism, I make sure they won’t eat anything I think contains artificial ingredients. One of the essential ingredients in my house is spiced seasoning salt. I use this salt to replace stock cubes that contain a lot of artificial ingredients.  I always make them in big batches to ensure sure I never run out.
The idea of this spiced salt come from a very famous roasted dried shrimp salt in Vietnam called Muối Tây Ninh. This salt is a combination of roasted salt with dried shrimp and spices like black peppers, garlic, dried and fresh chili that have all the elements to satisfy your taste buds with strong umami flavour. I replace the shrimp with more spices in my recipe to keep the authentic flavor. 
The roasted salt has wonderful flavour which make any dish taste stronger.  You can add it to soup, roasted potatoes , it also could be used for both vegan and  meaty dishes.

Ingredients:

1/3 cups sea salt flakes and Himalayan salt.
1 table spoon whole black peppers.
3 cloves garlic ( ginger, onion optional). 
1 small chili.
1 table spoon mixed seeds ( Linwoods brand).
1 and 1/2 table spoons brown sugar.
1 tea spoon ground nutmeg.
1 tea spoon mustard powder.

Methods:

Crush the chili and garlic together, the finer the better ( if you like onion flavor then chop them finely and add into the salt mixture 3 minutes after roasting). 
Combine the salt, chili, garlic, black peppers, and place on pot or frying pan( avoid using the nonstick pot and pan because the salt will damage the coating).
Roast on medium heat for gas and low heat for electric cooker. Toss the mixture constantly.
After 8, the garlic and chili turn dried add in the mixed seeds, mix well for 2 minutes. You will find the aroma is released and the salt turns brown.
Quickly transfer into a mortar and use the pestle to crush all the mixture together.
Transfer back to the pot, add in sugar, mustard and nutmeg powder and roast for another 1 minute to make sure all the spices are infused together.
Keep in a airtight jar and it will last as normal salt.




















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