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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Avocado yuminess

Hello again!

Alright, so it’s been a week, and no post… sadness abound, I know…. Anyway, what would you say, if I told you I have 3 fabulous recipes for you… AND what would you say, if I said they could be tailored as vegetarian, vegan, or non-vegetarian? What if I added that you could probably make this stuff using whatever was in your fridge? Alright, now stop cheering (which I so know that you are), and sit down. Pay attention; this is important…

Recipe 1: Guacamole

Guac is a pretty simple recipe that all types of eaters like… it is easy to make, doesn’t have too many ingredients and it tastes pretty damn good with anything… This recipe will probably serve 2 as a snack or light meal (stay tuned for ideas on how to use it). This recipe is also, vegetarian, vegan AND raw! Eeep, sounds fun! Can you feel my bouncy excitement???

Ingredients

2 avocados

1/2 lemon – get a teaspoon of rind, and the juice – that’s what you’ll be using

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

Salt to taste

Directions

Chop the onion and tomato however large you like… they can be chunks, fine, whatever… If you’re like me, and onions make you cry, go for the chunky guac. Just as tasty. Now, just a quick note on avocados. You NEED ripe ones. Like seriously, you do… I’m going to reblog two blog entries that I have found on avocados that will help with determining ripeness and showing you how to scoop out the flesh of an avocado. I cannot stress this enough… unripe = yucky guac…

Other than that, use a food processor for all your ingredients. If you are lazy (like me), get a fork and go to town. Once your avocado is to the right consistency, add the other ingredients to the bowl. MIX! I know, so difficult…

So, now, your guacamole is done – that was mind boggling, wasn’t it… But, now, comes the fun part… how do you eat it? Well, use a spoon. Yeah, totally, it tastes fine on its own. Eat with chips… if it’s chunky, use your spoon to scoop it on, or if it’s smooth, dip it. Use it as a spread – amazing in wraps, or if it’s chunky, it can actually make the filling for a wrap… ┬áHave it on toast for breakfast. Throw it into an omelette or on a pizza…

Now, what did I learn from this posting? I learned that you do not spell avocado as avacado…

Enjoy!

Make it and eat it in the same bowl… amazing!

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