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Did you ever wonder how those vegan and veggie dishes you tried tasted so amazing even though they used 100% vegetable ingredients? One of the reasons is that carefully cooked vegan and vegetarian recipes are made using only the best quality plant-based ingredients and optimal cooking procedures are chosen to keep all the nuances of food flavor intact. However, there is another secret that is no less important, and that is the use of spices and condiments. Spices play a very important in vegetarian and vegan cooking and serve to enhance the taste, look, and aroma of the meals. By seasoning your dishes with different spices, you can enjoy much more varied menus.
However, there is more to spices than enhancing the flavors of our dishes.
Spices help improve digestion and they also help to increase salivary secretions. They are rich in minerals and vitamins. Some of them can regulate your appetite as well as blood pressure.
Here we will talk about 11 spices that every vegan and vegetarian kitchen must have
Cinnamon along with honey is the only food substance that neither spoils nor rots. And, by the way, it is much more than a culinary complement. Its benefits include antimicrobial activities, regulation of sugar levels, and reduction of cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Cinnamon tea is highly digestive, as it helps stimulate digestion and reduces flatulence. Likewise, mixed in a glass with lemon juice, it acts as an antiseptic on acne skin.
Turmeric is indispensable to any kitchen in southeast Asia and has been gaining a lot of popularity in the west too, thanks to its many researched and proven health benefits.
Turmeric is one of the ingredients of curry in the gastronomy of India and provides a characteristic intense yellow color, originating from the root of the plant – this yellow is just as intense regardless of whether the plant is used fresh or dried.
Cumin, coming from a low-growing plant, is a condiment that has been used as a spice for many centuries. Cumin provides a delicious flavor to various dishes enhancing the flavor and is indispensable to any vegan kitchen.
Caraway are aromatic seeds and are used just like cumin. These are used to make spirits and seasoning vegetable meats and vegetable pickles. The seeds are also used in Indian cuisine as an ingredient in curry.
Ginger is another indispensable spice to a vegan kitchen. Not only does it enhances the flavor of curries, but it is also an effective remedy against osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain and colds. It is also known to improve blood flow, making it an ally in the fight against dizziness and dizziness related to cervical osteoarthritis.
No kitchen, whether vegan or otherwise, is complete without the presence of pepper. There is a record of its use by the Romans and the Greeks. This is how ancient it is.
Pepper is mainly cultivated in Brazil and India, followed by Indonesia and Malaysia.
The highly prized spice obtained from the stigma of the flowers, Saffron gives the dishes a rich orange color, a bitter touch, and especially a very characteristic aroma.
Although it is used in various dishes, the perfect pairing of saffron is found with rice.
It is a hot spice and not well-tolerated in high amounts by the majority of the Western world. However, a little amount can work wonders to enhance the flavor of a dish in a vegan/vegetarian kitchen. From the family of the smallest pepper, it is usually used dry or ground. Very spicy and aromatic it is also used to flavor and perfume oils.
Similar to parsley but with a stronger and more citrus flavor, coriander is highly valued both in Asian and Latin American cuisine.
With its strong aroma and spicy flavor, clove is highly appreciated in the kitchen. It can come in powder or small nail-shaped sticks. It is commonly used in vegan sausages and pastries.
Fenugreek is a yellow-colored seed, polygonal in shape. It is one of the main condiments for making curries. It is used in Indian cuisine very frequently and has a slightly spicy flavor.