Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oldie but a Goodie: Seitan Tikka Masala

I love to watch Food Network's "Throwdown with Bobby Flay," and create vegan versions of everything.  I've honestly made vegan versions for more than half of the episodes I have seen.  One of my house's favorites was my version of "Chicken Tikka Masala."  I came across the recipe card I made while cleaning (I usually scribble along as I go, and stuff whatever I wrote it on in a cookbook for "safe keeping "... I lose most of them, honestly), and thought I would share it with you!  Bonus points for fresh spices in this one!

(Vegan) Seitan Tikka Masala

I realize this photo won't win any photography awards, but it's better than nothing..
- 2 tubs of seitan 

For the marinade
- 1 cup plain soy yogurt
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
-  A squeeze of lemon or lime juice
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
- A few shakes of salt and pepper

- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
- Pinch of sugar
- 1 cup soy creamer 

- White or brown rice 

- Begin by marinading your seitan.  Wisk together all of the marinade ingredients (from the soy yogurt to "a few shakes of salt and papper") in a wide, shallow bowl.  Add the seitan, and make sure you completely soak each piece.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Chop the onion and mince the garlic.  Sauté over medium heat until the onions begin to become translucent.  
- Add the garam masala, chile powder, and cayenne pepper, and continue to stir for a minute or so. 
- Deglaze with the crushed tomatoes.
- Add the sugar, and if you're feeling crazy, a few extra shakes of salt and pepper.
- Cover and let simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until sauce has noticeably thickened. 
- Add the soy creamer and cook for another 10 minutes, remembering to stir occasionally.
- Add the marinaded seitan, and simmer for another 15 minutes.  Yes, remember to stir!
- Serve over rice and ask yourself, "are you ready for a Throwdown!?"

You know, just chilling with the Flay at Williams Sonoma



  1. That looks yummy! And, zomg! Jealous of you meeting Bobby Flay. He's one of my faves.

  2. That looks super scrummy. Orange food just makes me so happy.

  3. I love watching shows like that and attempting to veganize them, too. Your tikka masala looks just plain perfect, too. Aaaand you met bobby flay, to boot.