Seitan is nothing but a wheat gluten or vegan meat recipe made using wheat flour or wheat gluten.
This is very new to me, i have never heard about it unless i came across this recipe in pinterest. Even though i eat meat, i wanted to give this a try to see how it taste. So i made it immediately and was quite surprised by the process.
For all those who are not familiar with this recipe, here is a head start from wiki
What is Seitan?
Wheat gluten, also called seitan (Japanese: セイタン), wheat meat, gluten meat, or simply gluten, is a food made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch granules have been removed, leaving the sticky insoluble gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked before being eaten.
Wheat gluten is an alternative to soybean-based foods such as tofu, which are sometimes used as meat substitutes. Some types of wheat gluten have a chewy or stringy texture that resembles meat more than other substitutes. Wheat gluten is often used instead of meat in Asian, vegetarian, Buddhist, and macrobiotic cuisines. Mock duck is a common use for wheat gluten.
Wheat gluten first appeared during the 6th century as an ingredient for Chinese noodles. It has historically been popular in the cuisines of China, Japan and other East and Southeast Asian nations. In Asia, it is commonly found on the menus of restaurants catering primarily to Buddhist customers who do not eat meat.
You start with a large mass of wheat dough and wash it in water till all the starch is gone. Now what you are left with is a smaller portion of gluten alone. You can use all purpose flour for this as well, the more gluten in the flour the more seitan you will get. It is known that seitan is too good for you, it is high in protein and a great protein source for vegetarians. You can use this to make curries, stir fries and grill them as well, frankly the possiblities are endless. Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you.
Seitan is a food made from gluten, wheat's main protein. Miànjn, milgogi, wheat meat, gluten meat, vital wheat gluten, or simply gluten are other names for it.
Is seitan good for your health?
It's high in protein, low in fat and carbs, and high in minerals like selenium and iron. Seitan is an excellent choice for people who cannot consume soy, as many popular vegan foods, such as tofu and tempeh, contain soy.
When did seitan originate?
Seitan originated in China in the sixth century as a vegetarian food for Buddhists and others. The same wheat flour and water technique was used to make seitan in many forms throughout China, Japan, Vietnam, and other East Asian countries.
Ingredients for Homemade Seitan Recipe :
Vegetable Stock Cube :
Made with real ingredients and a special blend of spices, all combined into a cube. Ideal as a soup base for all types of soups and dishes.
Fennel seeds :
Fennel seeds are the dried seeds of the fennel herb, and they resemble cumin seeds but are greener. They taste aniseed and have a warm, sweet aroma. They can be used alone or in spice blends like Chinese five-spice powder and Indian panch phoran.
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Homemade Seitan Recipe | Vegan Meat Recipe
- Wheat flour - 4 cups
- Salt - 2 tsp
- Water as needed
- For Stock:
- Water as needed
- Salt to taste
- Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
- Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
- Cinnamon - 1 piece
- Vegetable Stock Cube - 1
- Take wheat flour, salt and water in a bowl and knead to a stiff dough. Now cover it with water and let it sit for 1 hour.
- Now knead it well and get rid off all the starch. it will be easy if you do this under a sink. Keep straining the water and add fresh water and knead it well. The portion will get much smaller. But keep doing this till the water runs almost clear.
- You can easily do this if you use a strainer and keep the water flowing.
- Now what you will be left is the gluten. Now strain this and cut it into pieces.
- Now take veg stock and all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, add seitan and cook for 20 mins or so.
- Now drain this and store it in a air tight container.
- You can use this in stir fries, curries and grill them. This stay good for a week in fridge.
Homemade Seitan Step by Step
|it is just okay, you are getting the starch off from it, you have to continue this till the water runs almost clear|