This is such a filling, hearty, flavorful meal that I can never get enough of. It took a while to develop the cucumber sauce recipe, but I think I just about nailed it!
For the sauce
- 1 cup soy yogurt, unsweetened
- 1⁄2 large cucumber, peeled and grated
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar (to taste)
For the seitan
- 1 lb seitan, shaved into thin, bite-sized bits
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
For the sandwich
- 2 small tomatoes, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cups lettuce, shredded
- 6 pieces pita bread, warmed
- Peel and grate the cucumber. Put the grated cucumber into a strainer and set in the sink for 10 minutes to drain.
- Squeeze the cucumber to remove excess moisture and place into a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover and place in the fridge to let the flavors meld while you cook.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the seitan bits and garlic and stir until the seitan begins to brown. Add all of the seasonings and stir well. Sautee until the seitan is well cooked and fragrant. Turn off the heat.
- Assemble the sandwich with the shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and onions, cooked seitan and cucumber sauce. Eat open-face or fold up and hold on tight!
I thought these were great! The spice combination sounded a little strange but I love it! I'm not a big fan of vegan yogurt, so I used tofutti sour cream and tweaked the sauce slightly - added more lemon, and a little oregano and onion powder. But that's purely personal taste. This is a total keeper! Thank you!
I really enjoyed these and my non-veggie boyfriend seemed to think the same. However, next time I'm going to saut? the onions with the seitan for a bit better flavor. I also added oregano to the sauce and found it surprisingly tasty. This will definitely be made again.
This recipe is what God invented seitan for.