Enjoy Veganuary - Unleash culinary magic with spices

Enjoy Veganuary - Unleash culinary magic with spices


With the growing success of Veganuary, more and more people are choosing the plant-based lifestyle to reap both health and environmental benefits. One key to mastering the art of vegan cooking is using spices wisely. Let's delve into the world of flavor to give your next vegan dishes a whole new lease of life. Whether you enjoy individual dishes vegan, practice plant-based eating throughout January, or have already switched completely: Vegan doesn't mean without flavor - it means complex and interesting flavors.

The spice basics in stock

To prepare delicious plant-based dishes, it is crucial to have a well-stocked spice stash. Cumin, coriander and turmeric offer earthy undertones, while smoked paprika and chili powder add umami and a subtle spiciness. Your next level spices are a fine garam masala or Jamaican jerk seasoning.
Check out our pure spices to complete your stash:

Refining Vegan Dishes

The art of combining spices with common plant-based ingredients is the key to unlocking their full potential. The right spice companions for tofu, tempeh, lentils, chickpeas or various grains are manifold, so you should try out lots of different spice combinations. Whether it's a warming stew or a lively stir-fry, the right spice combination can take your Veganuary dishes to a new level. Here are a few pointers:
sweet-smelling spices: fennel, clove, cinnamon, allspice
earthy spices: cumin
warming spices: nutmeg, mace
fragrant spices: coriander, lavender, rose petals
umami spices: garlic, onion, mustard seed
hot spices: chili, pepper, Sichuan pepper, sinusberries
roasty spices: smoked paprika
herbs and unique spices: oregano, basil, thyme, dill, parsley, marjoram, turmeric
ein veganes frühstück mit gipfelhirsch gewürzen


We have also selected three recipes that are not only vegan but also extremely delicious:
  1. Chickpea curry with coconut milk: A fantastic blend of spices on a creamy coconut base. Recipe here.
  2. Quinoa salad with avocado and chickpeas: An oriental dish with unique spices - fresh and delicious. Recipe here.
  3. Tofu vegetable stir-fry with spiced mayo sauce: A quick and hearty wok dish with the perfect spice balance. Recipe here.

Beyond the basics: Unique spice blends

The fun of experimenting: Try the Moroccan flair of Ras el Hanout, the strong Ethiopian aromas of Berbere spice or the oriental note of Chinese five-spice. These mixtures add complexity and uniqueness to your Veganuary creations.
And how much should I use? It all depends on your taste! Creating a balanced dish requires a delicate interplay of flavors. Our tip: season, taste, refine and finish.

Spice-infused Desserts

Spices are not just limited to savory dishes. Surprise your taste buds with sweet treats like an apple crumble with cardamom and cinnamon or a ginger-spiced chocolate avocado mousse. These desserts are a great example of how spices can dance across the entire culinary spectrum.
And if you want to try even more, try mixing cocktails or mocktails (dry January, anyone?) and spice them up too. Sumac, allspice, chili and herbs go well with a Bloody Mary. Lavender flowers and a pinch of coriander seeds go well with long drinks like a gin and tonic. And these are just a few suggestions - the possibilities are endless.
ein cocktail oder mocktail, der mit Gewürzen verfeinert wird


As you move through Veganuary, remember to experiment with spices. The transformative power of spices can turn a simple dish into a masterpiece. Looking for more inspiration? We're always adding more recipes to our recipes page, so it's always worth checking out!

Matthias Hirsch

Matthias ist der Gründer von Gipfelhirsch und verpackt seit 2021 intensiven Geschmack mit Humor und einem vollen Label Wissen zusammen in alles was gut schmecken soll.

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