This time I made one of my favorite vegan food the seitan!
I state that I am not vegetarian, as u can see from my older posts 😀 but I usually like to try different kind of foods and so I enjoy also vegetarian food.
Seitan 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 dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked before being eaten. Wheat gluten is an alternative to soybean-based meat substitutes such as tofu. Wheat gluten was first developed in China, and historically has also been popular in the cuisines of 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. [wikipedia]
When I cook it I use to buy directly the flour because it’s easier to do, cheaper, and I get more satisfied! The process it’s really easy, you have just to mix the flour with water (the quantity is written on the package) until u can make a plastic consistency ball. Than knead, for like 20minutes, to activate gluten. Than knead under decreasingly warm water to wash out starch, repeat until the water runs clear.
After that turn on a work surface and form it in to a log. Left it rest. Than cut it in to small peaces (or left it together) and put them in hot water with vegetable and boil together. I used onion, garlic, carrots and zucchini. Cook for 45 minutes. Now the seitan i ready for every recipes!
I like to make a stew with sauteed vegetables and seitan pieces! Maybe because after the process to make seitan I always get hungry and I can not wait to eat it!