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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vegan Soy chunks Empanadas


Empandas are stuffed Mexican pastries ,with many savory variations.I made these hearty empanadas all vegan,using Soy instead of meat along with vegetables,nuts and fruits.These are off to Vaishali's Vegan Mexican food event.

Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 pack active dry yeast,2 teaspoon
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil or vegetable oil

for filling
1 cup soy chunks(nutrela) or firm tofu
1/2 a medium onion,chopped
1 small tomato ,chopped
1 medium carrot,chopped
1/2 cup broccoli,chopped
2 cloves garlic,finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup roasted almonds,coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dried fruits,cranberries,raisin or cherries
2 tablespoon fresh herbs cilantro or parsley,finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Method
Cook the soy chunks
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil,turn off the heat,add the soy chunks,cover and let soak for 20 minutes.Uncover,drain and squeeze out excess water,chop the chunks to smaller pieces.

Prepare the dough
Stir the yeast in the warm water and let rise for couple minutes.In a mixing bowl add the flour ,salt and oil,stir in the yeast mixture.Mix to combine,knead for 2 minutes or until smooth.Cover and leave to rise for an hour.

Prepare the filling
Heat oil in a pan,add the onions,saute until translucent then add the garlic,after few seconds,stir in the rest of the spices and vegetables.Cover and cook for 5 minutes,then mix in the chopped soy chunks.Allow the flavors to soak in the soy chunks ,cook for another 5 minutes.Mix the herbs,nuts and dried fruits.Cool the mixture completely.
Shape and Bake the empanadas
Preheat Over to 400F.

Divide the dough in 5 equal portions.On a lightly floured work surface ,roll out each piece to a 7inch round. Spoon the filling into center of rounds,then fold over in to half-moon shape.Press edges together and roll over to seal.Place on a baking sheet,cover with cling wrap.Leave pastries in a warm place for 10-15 minutes or until slightly risen.
Uncover the empanadas,bake for 10 minutes.Reduce the temperature to 350F and bake for another 15 minutes.Serve warm with Salad.


Reposts
The Pretty Pink Beet pasta adapted from Bharti's recipe is off to Presto Pasta Nights,hosted this week by Aquadaze


Blog Hopping Break!
Ms.health nut is sick and down with spring fever,and will not be able to blog hop until next week:(

31 comments:

ayesha said...

Get well soon dear.the empanadas look like the puran puri,only healthier by baking them.

Asha said...

Oh dear! You too? Rest and get well soon.

Pasta looks wonderful. Love the Empanadas but with meat, Soy is not a bad substitute either, looks great! :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy recipes dear..take care..get well soon

Chandani said...

empanadas with soy seems like a yummm recipe!! hope you feel better soon, take care...

Ann said...

Get well soon Yasmeen...take rest..
Btw,Empanadas looks great

Lavanya said...

new recipe to me...yummy yummy..get well soon dear..take care!!

Cham said...

Get well soon :) Love both dishes!

Divya Vikram said...

Dropping by your blog after a long time. Hope you are ding good. Found a lot of PINK recipes here!

Poornima Nair said...

Wonderful dish Yasmeen...looks delicious.

Varsha Vipins said...

Enjoy your spring break n take rest..:)
The dish look so much like one of our Indian snack..Loved the savory version..:)

Priya said...

Oh no Yasmeen, Get well soon dear..empanadas with soyachunks looks gorgeous n excellent idea of making empanadas with soya chunks,..

veggie belly said...

hope you feel better soon! your empanadas look perfect, youve crimped them so beautifully. when we were in argentina, we had a lot of empanadas. the vegetarian fillings we encountered were - corn, onion, tomato or cheese and they also had a sweet empanada with corn.

Vibaas said...

This is new to me and i'm bookmarking it. a must try yummy and healthy recipe. what more can one ask for?

Get well soon, dear!

Curry Leaf said...

Get well soon.The empanadas are great.I was planning on doing something similar with tofu,and these sure are great.
Take care

jayasree said...

Wow..Baked empanadas with healthy filling. Great.

Take care . Get well soon.

Sanghi said...

Mmm lovely and delicious spreadof delights..!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Sounds so filling!Healthy one!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

these look absolutely delcious - in crete we make lots of little filled pastries, and your look lovely too

Sia said...

oh dear! get well soon yasmeen! sending u warm hugs :)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Empanadas with soy looks so good. After seeing ur recipe, I felt like using soy hereafter.
Get well soon dear. Take care.

Vaishali said...

Yasmeen, these empanadas make me so hungry. I love love love that you used soy chunks in them. And all those veggies-- just beautiful!

meeso said...

That's a great idea!

chuck said...

Yasmeen, these empanadas remind me of the East Indian samosas. looking at the recipe you just know that the filling will be delicious. The crust looks good too!

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely! Get well soon! Take care.

Malar Gandhi said...

Great job, buddy. love soy chunks...perfect meat alternates. Rich in dietary fibre and protein! Though I cud never be a vegan or vegetarian...I reduced my frequency by eating soy and tofu these days. Thanks for this wonderful recipe, Yasmeen. And thanks to vaishali as well.

Superchef said...

take care and get well soon, Yasmeen!! the empanadas look gorgeous!

Priti said...

Get well soon...me having flu too...and the empanadas looks so gud..and what a lovely combo...

Gita's Kitchen said...

Get well soon dear...the empanadas look delicious Yasmeen, love the filling with all the soy chunks, broccoli, garlic yum :)

Arabic Bites said...

Both dishes looks delicious & healthy.
Get well soon :)

Bharti said...

Feel better soon Yasmeen. The empanadas look delicious.

notyet100 said...

lovely click hn...:-)

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