Add Brightness to Your Dish with Trinidadian “Green Seasoning”

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This week on the show Evan interviews Abby Maharaj about Trinidadian food. Hearing her describe the “Green Seasoning” that is omnipresent in Trinidad I couldn’t help but think of what I call Salsa Verde. Turns out the two are very similar. Both combine fresh herbs and garlic with a hit of citrus and a pinch of salt. The Trinidadian Green Seasoning skips out on the olive oil that is necessary for Salsa Verde and amps up the heat with Scotch Bonnet or habanero peppers. Plus, the Trinidadian version favors limes over Salsa Verde’s lemony kick and Abby suggests pureeing the mixture and thinning it with water instead of the more rustic presentation of a chopped Salsa Verde. Both, however, will be sure to brighten up any dish.

Try a spoonful of green seasoning atop this Curried Channa and Aloo. And keep reading for Abby’s recipe for Trinidadian Green Seasoning