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How To Make Seitan

“Seitan” is a good alternative for meat. Devil-jokes are inevitable for the slightly unfortunate name, however seitan is widely used in vegan and vegetarian communities. This is primarily made of wheat gluten and mixed with nutritional yeast, and chick pea flour.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

• 1 1/2 cups wheat gluten
• 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
• 1 cup chick pea flour
• 3 garlic cloves (freshly grated)
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 cup vegetable stock
• 1 tsp turmeric powder
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp salt

For the vegetable broth:

• 3 cups vegetable stock
• 1 tbsp parsley
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 onion (diced)
• 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• Fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

For the dough:

In a medium mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 cups wheat gluten, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, and 1 cup chick pea flour,
Mix until well combined.
Set aside.

In another mixing bowl, put the wet ingredients.
Add freshly grated garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, vegetable stock, turmeric powder, and salt.
Mix until well combined.

Add the wet ingredients mixture into the flour mixture.
Stir to combine until it becomes a dough.
Add vegetable stock if needed.
Stir the mixture for 10-15 minutes.
Knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
Place it in a bowl and let it set.

For the vegetable broth:

In a medium mixing bowl, add vegetable stock, soy sauce, olive oil, parsley, diced onion, chopped garlic, and ground pepper.
Whisk until well combined.
Set aside.

For the cutlets:

Once dough is set, roll it out on a cutting board and cut into 4 large pieces.
Flatten each piece to form the cutlets.
Set a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle some olive oil and spread it.
Place the cutlets in the baking dish.
Add the vegetable broth.
Cover with tin foil.
Place in a preheated oven at 375 degrees.
Let it bake for an hour.
After an hour, remove the dish from the oven.
Remove the tin foil and flip over the cutlets.
Put it inside the oven uncovered and let it bake for another hour.
After an hour, remove the dish from the oven.
Transfer the cutlets to a plate.
Serve and enjoy!

Tips and ideas:

You can wrap the dish with tin foil and keep in the freezer if you wish to eat the cutlets the next day.

You can make seitan barbecue or add seitan to your stew.

How To Make Seitan
Images – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4hVPuTFOmU

Agar Jelly Fruit Cake Recipe

Agar-agar is an alternative for gelatin if you are going vegetarian. In doing an agar jelly fruit cake, it is important to dissolve all ingredients and make sure there are no lumps. Strategically placing the small bits of fruits is also essential to make it look prettier and yummier.

Ingredients:

Fruit Layer:
• 1 1/3 cups water
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 3/4 teaspoon agar agar powder
• 2/3 cup juice from canned lychee (set aside fruit)
• 2 cups small fruit pieces (i.e. pineapple, mango, kiwi, blueberries, and red papaya

Coconut Layer:
• 3/4 cup coconut milk
• 3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon agar agar powder
• 1/4 cup water
• 3 tbsp sugar
• A pinch of salt
• 4 inches pandan leaf (optional)

Bottom Juice Layer:
• 1/4 cup water
• 3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon agar agar powder
• 3/4 cup juice of your choice
• Sugar if needed

Instructions:

This recipe takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes.

For the Fruit Layer:
Put cold water, lychee juice, and agar agar powder in a small pot.
Whisk all ingredients until no more lumps.
Set it over low heat and bring to a boil.
Stir constantly.
Add sugar and stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat.
Pour the liquid mixture to a container or mold.
Place the small bits of fruits you prepared.
Pour the rest of the mixture over the fruits.
Let it sit for a couple of minutes until the top is solid enough to hold the second layer.

For the Coconut Layer:
Put coconut milk, water, and agar agar powder in a small pot.
Stir the ingredients until the powder is dissolved.
If you have pandan leaf, add the leaf to the mixture.
Switch the heat to medium-high.
Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
Add sugar and salt, stir until dissolved.
Remove the pandan leaf.
Add the mixture gently on top of the fruit layer.
Make sure the fruit layer is solid or dry enough.

For the Bottom Juice Layer:
Put water, agar agar powder, and the juice of your choice in a small pot.
Stir all ingredients.
Switch the heat and set it to medium.
Bring to a boil while stirring constantly until powder is dissolved.
Make sure the coconut layer is firm enough before pouring the bottom juice layer.
Put in the fridge for a couple of hours until cold.
Slice for serving.
Enjoy!

Agar Jelly Fruit Cake Recipe
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCoexfAQIf0