Mr. 17 is working very hard to convince us that a vegan diet is the way to go. Myself, I’m not so convinced, I am very fond of butter with my vegemite toast 🙂 and let’s not forget the world of cheese! Still we are definitely eating less meat this year.
Enter Härkis! One of a few new protein (i.e. meat substitutes) that have hit supermarket shelves in the last 18 months. It’s extremely versatile and you can use it in place of minced meat: burgers, lasagne, pasta sauces, tacos, woks etc. I got a bit excited on the weekend and ended up buying 4 packets… and prepared this dish for dinner last night: Asian Härkis Bowl. Follow the link for Finnish, read on for English! I’ve added some observations in the brackets 😉
INGREDIENTS – serves 4
2 dl basmati rice
200 ml creamy coconut milk
3 dl water
1 clove garlic
1 red chili
1 tbspn sesame oil
1 pkt Härkis (250 gm)
1 tbspn fish sauce
2 tspn soy sauce
1 tspn cane sugar
1 lime (grated & juiced)
Roman lettuce finely cut, coriander, red pepper/paprika/capsicum cut to small cubes and roasted peanuts
1. Boil water & coconut milk together (watch closely – it boils quickly and I ended up with a coconut milk puddle on my stove!). Add the rice and lower the temperature. Cover and cook for about 12 minutes. (Stir occasionally!) Let the rice sit for a minute before serving.
2. Finely chop the garlic and chili, quickly fry in the oil. Add in the Härkis and season the mixture with fish and soy sauces, sugar and both lime juice and the grated rind. (Stir quickly.) Lift off the heat.
3. Place rice in the bottom of the serving bowl, and sit Härkis, lettuce, paprika and coriander around the end. Top off with chopped nuts.
I’m using Verso’s picture as it was all gone before I thought to take a picture. However as this one is definitely added to the recipe rotation, there will be a picture opportunity in the future!