Pharaohs’ Friday #6: Vegan Hawowshi (Pita Pockets with *Meaty* Filling)


Making the decision to add more plant foods to your diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your familiar favorites.  In Egypt, one favorite is known as “Hawowshi”.  It’s basically spicy ground meat in an easy-to-eat sandwich form, using the tasty whole wheat Egyptian balady bread, of course.  Many of our meat-eating friends never imagined we could veganize this recipe, but we did it – and it was delicious!!!

Serves 6-8
For the mix:
2 ½ cups TVP (textured vegetable protein)
2 ½ cups water
1 vegetable bouillon cube

3 onions, minced
3 dried red peppers, minced
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper
3 tablespoons soy sauce

5 rounds balady bread (or pita)
more oil for brushing sandwiches

Prepare the TVP
1.  Heat the water and the bouillon cube until boiling.
2.  In a bowl, pour the broth over the TVP and let sit for at least 5 minutes.


3.  Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 or 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius.

Prepare the mix
4.  Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until they are translucent, about 3 minutes.


5.  Add salt, black pepper, and red pepper.  Cook for another 3 minutes.


6.  Add the rehydrated TVP to the onion mix and cook for another 3 minutes.
7.  Add the soy sauce, stir frequently and cook until browned.


8.  Take the mix off the fire and let cool.

Prepare the sandwiches
9.  Cut each of the rounds into half (I use scissors to do this – it’s so much easier… 🙂  (Acutally, we used frozen rounds that we thawed by putting in a warm oven for about 3 minutes.  This prevents them from sticking together.  But, fresh is even better…)


10.  Put about 3 large spoons of mix into each of the halves.  You should be able to fill 10 halves.


11.  Using a brush, oil the outsides of the sandwich lightly.  I also add a little on the top where it opens.


12.  Place on a cookie sheet or other flat tray and cook for 10-15 minutes or until crispy on the outside.

Nutritional Information: (for half of the large-size whole wheat pita/balady bread)
Calories: 256, Fat: 9 g; Cholesterol: 0g; Carbohydrates: 30 g; Fiber: 7g; Protein: 15 g

Alf Hana!!!

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