Thursday, March 26, 2009
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.
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
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
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.
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:(