Vegan ‘Chicken’ Frankie

Well, the inspiration for today’s recipe comes from India. It’s been just over a year since I was there. Despite its shortfalls, Indian food is amazing. My favourite had to be a fast food type chicken roll called a frankie. However, how could I veganize it? Easy, use soy chunks.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients
1 small onion chopped
1 small onion thinly sliced
Half a cup of dried soy chunks
1 tsp green chili paste
1 tbsp minced garlic
4 tbsp frankie masala OR 1tsp chili powder, 1tbsp cumin powder, 1 and a 1/2 tbsp garam masala, 1 tsp mango powder all ground and mixed together. Salt to taste.
6-8 whole wheat rotis or tortillas

I’ve never liked soy, that is until my mum taught me how to cook it properly. So a couple of tips. First soak the soy in water. It will about double in quantity when rehydrated. Use warm water.

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Here’s the hard part. Leave it for 45 minutes to an hour. After this, it should have a meaty feel to it. Squeeze the water out of it, and put it aside in another bowl. Discard the water.

In a pan, add a bit of oil. I added olive this time. When hot, add garlic, chili paste, and CHOPPED ONIONS. Make sure to chop it finely. Once softened, add the soy, as well as the spices. I used a frankie masala I got when I was.in India, but, the above spice blend works fine.

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Coat everything well. Reduce the heat, and add some water. I started with a cup and added more as needed. Though nothing really needs to cook, cook it for about 30 minutes in order for the flavour to absorb. This is important so that your soy doesn’t taste like cardboard.

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Once most of the gravy is absorbed after the cooking time (keep adding more water during the cooking time if needed), its time to assemble the frankies.

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While you could use a whole wheat tortilla, I used an Indian whole wheat roti, readily available in many grocery stores now. Assembly is easy. Add a bit of the filling. Top with sliced onions. Roll. Eat. Enjoy!

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This would taste great with rice on the side instead as well.

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