TVP is short for Textured Vegetable Protein, it’s available in different forms: chunks, slices, bolognese, and many more. I like them because they are versatile, have a great “meaty” texture and are quick to prepare (they cook rather quick!). The TVP slices in this recipe are wrapped in rice paper wrappers which makes an awesome crispy skin. Depending on the size of your rice paper wrappers you’ll have more or less skin. But I have to say – these are weirdly and amazingly awesome! The skin reminded me so much of fried chicken – I’ve never had anything that similar on a vegan basis – for real!
Vegan Fried 'Chicken'
This Recipe is :
- 6 TVP “chicken” slices
- 6 rice paper wrappers
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
Ingredients for the egg replacement:
- 3 tablespoons besan/chickpea flour
- 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon water
- ⅛ teaspoon sriracha
- ½ teaspoon Kala Namak (gives it an eggy taste, replace with salt if don’t want to use it)
Ingredients for the flour coating:
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose-flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- ½ teaspoon dried & cut rosemary
- Heat enough water in a big pot and toss the TVP slices in there once it’s boiling. When the TVP slices are soft, drain them, press gently the water out of them. Leave this step out, if you use instead of the TVP slices other fake meats that don’t need some cooking.
- In a small bowl mix all the ingredients for the egg-replacement (the mixture should be egg-like, add more or less water if you need to).
- In another small bowl mix all the ingredients for the flour coating.
- Soften the rice wrappers by placing one by one in a shallow plate filled with water – they’ll be soft in a few seconds to half a minute.
- Flatten the rice paper on a clean, lightly wet surface and add one TVP slice in the middle. Wrap it in. Repeat for every TVP slice.
- First place the TVP slices in the egg replacement, turn them, and put them in the flour coating – turn them again so that they’re coated evenly. Repeat for the others.
- When all TVP slices are coated you can put them in a hot pan with about 2 teaspoons of canola oil – the bottom should be covered with enough oil. Turn once the side is nicely browned.
- Once both sides have a nice golden color, they’re done!
If you don’t have any access to TVP slices, can easily sub it with some other fake meats that are available where you live. But keep in mind, that some of these fake meats don’t need any boiling so just leave out the first step!