When I first heard the term “Meatloaf”, I thought it’s a piece of bread with meat pieces inside. However, as I grew more aware of it, I always wanted to try cooking it at home. And today, I thought why don’t I try to make it vegetarian. O well, it’s not completely vegetarian, as I have used an egg in the recipe! Nonetheless, this meatloaf, or should I say Veg-loaf is really easy to prepare and can be enjoyed with mashed potatoes or a side dish of baked broccolis. I have checked and tried many recipes and have come up with this vegetarian version.
I hope all you wonderful chefs will give it a try and share this wholesome goodness with your loved one, whether she is a vegetarian or not.
This recipe serves 4-5 people.
For the loaf:
- 1.5 cups of soaked and drained minced soybeans.
- 2.5 slices of brown bread.
- Half cup of milk.
- 1 large onion (I have used the white variety) chopped.
- 3-4 garlics chopped.
- 1 tablespoon each of coriander and green chilli, finely chopped (you can reduce the amount of green chilli according to your taste).
- 1 teaspoon sugar.
- 1 egg (if you do not want to use egg, then you may substitute with corn flour, however, an egg provides better binding while baking).
- Pinch of cumin powder; salt and pepper.
- Oil for cooking the onions and garlic.
For the glaze:
- 1 cup of tomato purée.
- 2/3 cup of tomato ketchup.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Soak the minced soybeans in warm water for 5 minutes, and drain and squeeze out the water. Make it as dry as possible and keep aside.
- Sauté the onions and garlics in half tablespoon of oil, till onions are translucent; lightly season them with salt and keep aside to cool.
- Soak the bread slices in the milk and leave them for around 15 minutes.
- Now mash the bread slices, if too drenched, squeeze out some milk.
- Mix all the ingredients (soaked bread, fried onions, soybeans, the egg and all seasoning). You will have a thick mixture that is easy to ply.
- Lightly coat a baking dish with some oil, and arrange the soybean mixture in a loaf form. If any time you feel that the mixture is too runny or not holding the shape, then add little all-purpose flour and shape it again in the loaf form.
- Now mix the ingredients for the glaze and pour it gently over the loaf.
- Bake it at 200 degree Celsius for 25 minutes and then at 180 degree Celsius for another 15-17 minutes.
Once done the loaf will be easy to cut into slices without breaking apart.
Enjoy your Veg-loaf with mashed potato or any of your favourite side dishes.
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