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Bhavani's Real Food Recipes: Basic Seitan

Green chef Extraordinaire Bhavani Jaroff

“I get so tired of those little pieces of Seitan, that sometimes I just have to make it from scratch!  Enjoy!”


Basic Seitan -pronounced (say-tahn).

4 cups unbleached white flour

10 cups Whole Wheat flour

2 boxes Vital Wheat Gluten

9 cups water

1 ½ cup tamari

2” ginger piece

3 pieces kombu

Mix together flour, Vital Wheat Gluten and water to make a dough. Knead until stiff, approx 10 min. Place in bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to rest for 10 min.

Meanwhile, bring 10 cups of water to a boil. Add tamari, ginger and kombu. Boil for 15 min. and remove from heat. Allow broth to cool.

Immerse dough in a bowl of warm water and knead to remove starch, constantly changing the water, until it runs clear. (It will take about 8 water changes or more) The final rinse should be in cold water, to tighten the dough.

Separate into 4 equal pieces. Place dough in oiled loaf pans and let rest for 10 minutes. Bring 10 quarts of water to a boil. Add seitan dough and cook for 45 minutes, until the seitan floats in the water. Drain.

Place Seitan in cooled Tamari broth, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 hours. Drain, saving liquid for storage.

Experiment with different flavors, adding garlic and oregano for Italian food, or more ginger and cilantro for Asian food etc.


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