Here’s a really nice way to use Seitan. I bought some the other day, I was intrigued…. and since then I’ve spent some time looking for ways to use it in an interesting way….and I think I’ve found one! Momo!
These Vegan Momo are filled with ground Seitan, onions and shredded cabbage, and served with a seriously hot Achar dipping sauce.
Regarding Seitan: According to Wikipedia:
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.
I don’t miss meat, and therefore have little reason to seek out ingredients that have a resemblance to meat, but in the name of exploration, and wanting to have a varied and full vegan diet, I thought I’d try it.
The vegetarian Momo recipes I’ve come across all seem to feature tofu, but I thought that a Momo dumpling would be an ideal use for Seitan …… and I think, having concocted this recipe and tested it …… it is.
Momo traditionally tend to be a little bland, but the sauces they dip them in are full of flavour.
I made a traditional Achar Tomato and Chilli dipping sauce, using Green Chillies.
I love the pure, fresh heat of green chillies: it has an almost citrus tang, and goes very well with tomatoes. Such a clean fiery chilli hit. Fabulous.
Here what to do:
TIBETAN MOMO + ACHAR DIPPING SAUCE
Makes 18-20: should be enough for 4