vegan döner meat after simmering

Vegan Döner Meat

Back in my non vegan days, I used to love the Greek dish gyros. Essentially döner meat in pita with veggies and tzatziki. I’m happy to share that I found a way to replicate that!

I hope you have some prior knowledge of seitan making coming in to this recipe, if not then I suggest you read here first. And if you’re a pro then

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vegan döner after simmering

So, let’s start with some basic tips to getting this recipe right.

  • flavor
  • texture
  • cutting/shaving the final product
  • cooking

Flavor

Döner meat is often made from lamb meat, which has a specific flavor which I do not replicate in this recipe. I use spices to mask the gluten flavor from the vital wheat gluten and to bring out the typical döner flavors. So I hope you’ve stocked up on some cumin and ground coriander, as these are the main spices that bring out the specific flavor we’re looking for in our döner.

Texture

Now, getting the texture right may require some practice. You don’t want it very chewy nor too soft. Kneading it just enough is the key here. Keep in mind that kneading less results in softer texture and kneading more will result in a chewy, firm texture. We want something in between since we’re gonna slice our meat into thin slices. You still want the meat to crisp up at the edges while remaining gentle and soft after cooking.

Cutting/shaving

Once we have our döner all cooled down after simmering, we can start to cut it. I use a meat slicer to get the slices as thin as possible, but it’s possible to get the same result using a sharp knife. If you’re using a knife, you want to freeze your seitan for about 1-2 hours before cutting it. This helps the meat to firm up and makes it easier to get the thinnest slices possible.

Cooking

Now, for the easiest part of this recipe. When all the above is done, it’s finally time to cook the meat! Heat up your pan on medium heat and fry the thin slices for a couple of minutes tossing them around until you see the edges crisp up. Serve this in your favorite dishes.

Make your own kebab spice mix.

Vegan Döner Meat

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword döner, gyro, kebab, seitan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling time 1 hour

Ingredients

Dry mix

  • 200 grams vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 1/2 tbsp kebab spice mix check my homemade recipe

Wet mix

  • 100 ml water
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Broth mix

  • 1,5 litres water
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 crushed garlic gloves

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients, mix and add to the dry mix bowl.
  • With a spoon, start to mix together all of the ingredients. Scrape down any dry mix and start to shape the dough using your hands.
    vegan döner kebab knead
  • Once everything is combined well, you can start kneading the dough with your hands. Knead until you see the gluten strands start to form. Knead for about 5-6 minutes.
    vegan döner kebab knead
  • Shape the dough into a log. Use aluminium foil to wrap it tightly, but still leaving some room for it to expand in the broth. Poke a couple of small holes in the foil using a toothpick.
    vegan döner kebab knead
  • Heat up a medium size pot and add in the broth mix. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a low simmer.
    vegan döner kebab wrapped in foil
  • Add the wrapped seitan to the broth and simmer for 1 to 1,5 hours. After that, remove it from the broth and let it cool down for about an hour.
    egan döner kebab in broth
  • After cooling the seitan, you can start to cut it.*Chop up and cook the thin slices on a pan on medium heat before eating.
    vegan döner meat after simmering
  • vegan döner after simmering

Notes

* If using a knife the best way to ‘shave’ the meat would be to put the seitan in the freezer for about an hour to let it firm up. This will make it easier to get thin cuts of the seitan. I use a meat slicer, which makes it easy to get the thin cuts.

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