Today I wanted to create something completely new. Therefore, I veganized an Oriental meat recipe(don’t know its exact origin, sorry for that, I think the term “oriental” is rather stupid), invented a Seitan recipe, chose soy yoghurt and walnut filled Zucchini as a vegetable side dish and instead of boring oven potatoes I made fries out of Manioc. This first try of cooking with Manioc was suprisingly tasty. I can’t understand why some people degrade it to a non-tasty root that is only eaten in Third-World countries.
All in all preparing this recipes takes a fair amount of time, but you can either just cook one part of it (The Seitan also would match perfectly to Couscous) or prepare the Seitan one day before. It’s also advisable to make double of the amount of Seitan an freeze one part for later usage. Nevertheless, this dish is easy to cook. You just might need to buy some ingredient from an Asian supermarket.
I will begin with the Seitan recipe. I like to prepare my own Seitan and make different flavours and textures for each recipe. Instead of cooking the Seitan in a broth I prefer steaming it, because the texture gets better and you do not waste so many spices.
Ingredients for Oriental Apricot-Seitan:
1 1/2 cups gluten flour
1/4 cups nutritional yeast
1/4 cups gram flour (chickpea flour, makes the texture of the Seitan a bit smoothe and chicken-like)
1 tsp salt
3 tsp paprika
2 tsp cloves, powdered
2 tsp cumin, powdered
2 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli powder
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp coriander, powdered
2 tsp garlic, powdered
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup tomato puree
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs Liquid Smoke
1 Tbs sugar (optional)
First, mix all dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix all liquid ingredients. Puree the tofu and knead a dough out of all ingredients. If the dough is too moist, add more gluten flour, if too dry more water.
Now prepare your steamer. A ricecooker is ideal for that.
Pull small pieces from the dough and steam for approximately 30 minutes. If you can chew them without effort(and not like chewing gum), they are ready for further preparation.
other ingredients for Apricot-Seitan:
100g dried apricots
150ml freshly squeezed orange juice
(a little bit of saffron, if you have your decadent day)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
4 garlic cloves
1 cup vegetable broth
2 Tbs plain flour
fresh coriander and mint leaves for garnishing
Soak apricots and raisins in vinegar, orange juice and saffron for 1 to 2 hours.
Fry onions and garlic in a large pan. Add steamed Seitan pieces and fry until they are brown(ok, they are already brown before, but you know what I mean 🙂 ). Then add broth, apricots and raisins with soaking liquid, flour and spices to tase. Cook for a few minutes. Garnish with coriander and mint leaves. Done!
Ingredients for Zucchini rolls:
200g soy yoghurt
2 Tbs chopped walnuts
Cut the zucchinis in halves. Cut two thin strips lenghtwise from each zucchini half. Cut the remainig Zucchini in small pieces. Also cut the onion.
Fry the big zucchini pieces. When they are brown from both sides, put on a kitchen tissue.
I used a sort of tofu curd for this recipe, but normally I would rather use yoghurt.
Then fry onion and remaining Zucchini pieces and mix with yoghurt, walnut and spices.
Form the zucchini strips into rolls, fix with a tootpick and put them on the plates you want to serve. Fill with the yoghurt filling. It’s much more easy than it sounds!
Ingredients for Manioc Fries:
for one big tray:
approx. 3 manioc roots (depends on size)
a little bit of fresh lemon juice
Peel the manioc roots and cut in big chunks. Cook in water for about ten minutes. After that it’s easier to cut them in fries, because the root is rather hard! Spread them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Drizzle them genereously with olive oil and bake for 30 minutes at 200°C or until they get a nice brownish colour.
Drizzle with fresh lemon juice before serving.
If you have some mint leaves left over, prepare a Moroccan mint tea! Just cook a black or green tea, sweeten it a little and put some fresh mint stalks in your teapot. If you don’t like store bought peppermint tea, you should still give this a try, as it tastes completely different!