February 9, 2010

okara-rice croquettes

One of my goals is to make an okara-based veggie burger. These are not them. They don't hold together well enough to withstand the pressures inherent in the life of a burger. They taste great, though. I'm not sure how exactly you'd want to eat them. Normally I'd say to eat something like this on a bed of rice, but these are rice. So maybe eat them with a side of vegetables, I guess. Maybe you could even fry them by the Tablespoonful and eat them with noodles (akin to spaghetti and meatballs, sort of, I guess).

This recipe makes five small croquettes.

okara croquettes

Throw the following ingredients into a bowl:
1 scallion, chopped finely
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/4 cup okara
1 cup cooked sweet brown rice (I imagine that other varieties of sticky rice would work)
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 Tablespoon vital wheat gluten
1 Tablespoon tamari
1/2 tsp. garam masala


Combine ingredients thoroughly, making sure that there aren't big lumps of unmixed peanut butter or clumps of rice or anything else of that nature. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out 1/4 cup of the mixture and form it into a thin patty (maybe 1/2 inch thick).

okara croquettes

Heat some
peanut oil
over medium heat in a pan. Enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan -- not so much that you're deep-frying the croquettes, although if you're really into deep-frying I guess you could do that. In any case, place the patties on the oil and cook for a few minutes, until that side is golden brown. Then flip them over and continue cooking until the other side is golden brown.

okara croquettes

Remove from pan and allow to drain on a paper towel. Eat warm.

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