Using Spices Doesn’t Always Mean Spicy!

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What makes vegetarian food taste so good is the amazing flavor. It’s all in the spice! Some people may think that adding spices will mean it will be spicy or hot. It all depends on the spices and how much you use that determines the spiciness of the dish. The best thing to do is to experiment with the spices. Add a little at a time and do a taste test. Check back for some awesome recipes that use these delicious spices!

 

Some great spices that make vegetarian food so flavorful include:

 

  • Cumin Seeds
  • Ground Cumin
  • Anise Star
  • Garam Masala
  • Chili Powder
  • Mustard Seed
  • Turmeric

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6 responses »

  1. indeed! i also like turning meat-eater’s spices into my best friends. for example, there’s herbs de province, a world-famous french melange of spices used most typically as a dry rub for red meat and chicken. i use it on tofu, in sauces, over potatoes – you name it. another (less healthy) thing i do in a pinch is use those packaged taco seasonings to season my tofu when i’m doing veggie mexican. it’s not as delicious as simple salt, cayanne and minced garlic, but it works!

    • I think spices and herbs make a veg meal so flavor packed. The interesting thing I am finding is the healing and nutritional value some spices have. I haven’t used the herbs de province spice but it sounds like it would do great with tofu and potatoes. And like you said something as simple as salt and minced garlic (I like using cumin seeds with that), the dish can be equally satisfying and flavorful!

  2. for sure – no end to the healing properties of turmeric, for example! in asia and southeast asia it’s used for a hot drink – as in, a big tablespoon of a melange of turmeric, ginger and sugar in a cup of hot water! and cayenne, as i’m sure you know, is a major part of the master cleanse, alongside lemon and maple syrup!

    • Thanks for your comment Ann! I use turmeric in almost every dish I cook, I think the healing properties and the life benefits are excellent. I have looked a lot into Ayurvedic cooking as well. Are you familiar with that?

      • a little bit…used to frequent an indian store when we lived in london that was owned by a wonderful family within whom the father and daughter were both ayurvedic healers. have used their suggested remedies dozens of times, but have never subscribed to an ayurvedic diet because if i read it correctly, i’m not meant to have lentils OR chickpeas! i’m vegan – that ain’t gonna happen!

      • I know what you mean! I couldn’t give up chickpeas or lentils either! I have an Ayurvedic cookbook and it has some pretty good stuff. I want to learn more about Ayurvedic remedies too. It sounds like you have traveled a lot. I would love to visit London and France.

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