By DK on Mar 27, 2011
Vegan Tempeh Rice (Soy Protein) recipe
Rice recipes are my go to meals. I am a true blue Indian at heart for sure. Also the fact remains that rice recipes are the easiest to create a variety with. They are also quick to make especially when I have to pack lunch. Since protein is a key word in my household, you will almost always find few packets of tempeh, tofu, seitan, paneer , frozen (lima + edamame) beans in my fridge not to talk about scores of other protein rich ingredients in my pantry. It helps not only in substituting non vegetarian dishes to ones without, but also adds variety and nutrition to our day to day menu.
Vegan Tempeh Rice (Soy Protein) recipe
So while browsing my reader one day, I came across this interesting recipe from my favorite blogger Cynthia.  I had never heard of this rice before and needless to say, I was intrigued. Since it contains meat, I opted to make a vegetarian substitution by using Tempeh. It was a quick meal and also v satisfying. We enjoyed it with a spicy ladies finger curry and carrot raita. A nutritious and a hearty meal.

recipe adapted from sarahmelamed

Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
  • 1 cups Basmati rice (soaked in water for 30 minutes,optional)
  • 227 gms (8 oz) of Soy Tempeh
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • salt to taste
  • Few springs of cilantro to garnish
I cubed the tempeh and then stir fried in a skillet with some vegetable oil. I would ave used about 1-2 tsp. of oil.  I cooked it until it was slightly browned.
Vegan Tempeh Rice (Soy Protein) recipe
Drain te rice. The soaking is not mandatory. I do it cos I find that it helps to keep the rice separated. Add the rice and spices to the pot. Give it a quick stir - for about 1-2 minutes.
Vegan Tempeh Rice (Soy Protein) recipe
Add 2 cups of  water (1/2-1 cup more or less depending on the quality of the rice). Cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for twenty minutes.
Vegan Tempeh Rice (Soy Protein) recipe
Remove from heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving.
Vegan Tempeh Rice (Soy Protein) recipe
Fluff it up and serve hot garnished with toasted sliced almonds and cilantro. A simple protein rich fix. Vegan Tempeh Rice (Soy Protein) recipe
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10 Responses to “Tatbileh”
  1. Tannistha

    Hi DK. I love your recipes. You have an amazing collection of versatile and exotic and yet simple recipes. I was trying to make this recipe but was stuck. Can u suggest a substitue for allspice? can i use soyabean chunks instead of Soy Tempeh?

  2. Angel of the North

    I have a large number of middle eastern cook books and am constantly amazed by the flavours and ingredients. Yours is a most skilful adaptation of a lovely recipe (I am not a lamb fan), although I would probably leave out the tempeh because it is not a product I would normally use and is very hard to obtain in most of the UK.

  3. kiran singh

    it is very simple and yummy :) i like it

  4. Love the simple and flavorful rice recipe!

  5. Thats a very lovely and yummy dish

  6. nice recipe. I love rice too and combined with tempeh its just a perfect meal with just about the right amounts of carbs and protein. Delish!
    Reena: Tempeh is an Indonesian treat made with fermented legumes (soy, beans) and sometimes other ingredients like flax seeds. It is an excellent plant based source of protein. It is good for the planet :) Not to mention it tastes good and it’s easy to digest. You can find it at South East Asian markets. If you are in the US look for it at whole foods, Trader Joe’s or health food stores.

  7. Wow. Awesome Rice. I can use soy chunks instead of meat and tempeh.Excellent DK.

  8. reema

    whr can we find soy tempeh ?? want to try this receipe

  9. Simple and yum…flavorsome and healthy…

  10. Hey DK! Long time :) The rice looks fabulous! I haven’t tried tempeh and seitan, but the soya nuggets are a regular at our home. Both of us love soya nuggets, but when I use it in a rice dish, like a pulav, I find that it is very very bland. The rice and veggies are nie and flavorful, but these nuggets just don’t take on any taste! Any ideas to improvise??

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