What!! I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who are thinking “What on earth is that?” Well seitan is a vegetable protein, it tastes similar to meat (so I’m told) and many people prefer it to tofu. You can buy it readymade in the shops or make your own and save a fortune. There are actually lots of ways to make seitan, but here’s how I do it.
Preparation time: 10 minutes Serves: 2
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
100g gluten (from health food shops)
200ml vegetable stock
1tsp onion powder
1tsp garlic powder
1 vegetable stock cube
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove (peeled but whole)
First you should make up a delicious stock for your seitan to cook in. Fill a large saucepan with filtered water and add the seaweed, the stock cube, the clove of garlic and the bay leaf. Put it on the stove to boil.
Put the gluten, garlic powder, onion powder and salt in a bowl and mix together.
tablespoon at a time. Mix in with a fork.
You want a breadcrumb texture. Keep
adding soy sauce until you get there.
Usually 3 or 4 tablespoons.
get your hands dirty! Mix the dry ingredients
with the stock with your hands and form a ball.
Any surplus stock will just stay in the bottomm
of the bowl and you can add it to the cooking stock.
Now put the ball of seitan into the now boiling pot of stock you have on the stove and simmer for about 45minutes.
Slice the seitan, and shallow fry or grill it, Serve on its own or with your favourite sauce.