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Seasonings and Spices for Every Great Vegan Kitchen

If you are just starting out as a vegan, one thing you are going to be concerned with, besides nutrition, is flavor. You can add a lot of flavor to a dish with just a bit of the right spices and seasonings. Most vegans love having an overflowing spice rack, so there are endless flavors in their kitchen from which to choose. However, if you are stocking up for the first time as a new vegan, you will want to start with the basics.

These essential seasonings and spices for every great vegan kitchen will get you the basic flavors you desire for the beginning dishes you will be cooking. These are spices you will find in our Los Angeles vegan restaurant, and in most vegan food Los Angeles has to offer.

To start, you will want to buy:

Basil

It lends a general Italian flavor to any dish, without being too strong, like oregano or thyme can be. You can also use it to make a wonderfully tasty vegan pesto.

Black salt

Also known as kala namak, this is actually pink salt, but it is not Himalayan pink salt, so don’t confuse the two. This salt is used specifically to give dishes an egg-like taste, which it does with its high sulfur content.

Cinnamon

A spice everyone loves, you will use this in holiday dishes, smoothies, and baking of all kinds. You don’t want to be without it, because it goes in just about anything sweet, and even a few spicy dishes.

Cumin

An essential vegan spice, this one is used in Indian, Mexican, and Thai dishes quite a lot, and has an edgy kind of taste. You will use it more than you think, so better stock up on it.

Curry powder

Vegans tend to love Indian food, and Indian food and curry powder go hand in hand. You might also use it in Thai or other southeast Asian dishes.

Paprika

A perfect topping for hummus, paprika lends a smoky flavor to your food, along with a little bit of color.