I had the most delicious deep fried bread for dinner. Okay so it’s actually considered vegetarian or vegan fried chicken but it’s basically bread. I first got the idea a couple years ago after watching a YouTube video made by Meesha DIY. I thought of it again a couple days ago so I decided to try it out. I did a little more research to get exact measurements , tweaked it, and this is what I came up with.
The recipe is super simple!
1 cup vital wheat gluten
1 pack rapid rise yeast
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt or substitute
3/4 cup water
Sunflower or other frying oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover with a towel. Leave in a warm space to rise for about 30 minutes. While the dough rises, boil about one cup of water with vegetable bouillon or just boil a cup of vegetable broth. Heat up 3/4 to an inch of oil. After the dough has risen pull off little balls and stretch them out creating little holes in them. Place each one in the vegetable broth for about two minutes. Remove each one, coat it in the flour, and dip it in the fry oil. Allow each to fry until golden brown on one side and then flip and repeat. At this point you can dip it in barbecue sauce, place it on up baking sheet, and bake it for about 3 to 5 minutes or just eat them right out of the fryer either way they’re really good.
The good thing about this recipe is that, other than the water yeast and gluten, there are no exact measurement. You can play with the seasoning. I prefer over-seasoning but you can do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
There might be a little confusion about the vital wheat gluten. Some people say gluten flour some people just say vital wheat gluten. It’s all the same thing. It is straight gluten whereas regular flour has only partial gluten. Here’s a picture just in case you get confused.
I found it at Walmart for less than $2. I was surprised when I got to the store because I heard it cost about $10 to purchase a bag. I guess it was that fancy-schmancy stuff that cost that much. This one box was enough for the entire recipe. It provides the one cup for the mixture and there is a little bit left over to dredge after your remove the dough from the broth. I even experimented frying without the dredging it. The results pwere also good.
Let me know if you try it. I’m anxious to know if you enjoyed it as much as me.