Turning vegan is full of opportunities
It allows you to unlearn and relearn a lot of food, nutrition, and cooking like you have never been doing. As someone with a conservative diet, fruits and vegetables were always on the table, but to have them exclusively on the table was a game-changer. Veganism can improve health manifold because plant food like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are packed with nutritious fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Tofu is the word!
A lot of vegans will dutifully replace eggs with tofu. It works fine with traditional cooking. For instance, if you are making an omelet or an eggless scramble, tofu with a pinch of turmeric or chickpea flour work wonders. They even look alike when you are done with cooking.
However, be warned that a few things will not be the same. For instance, my biggest challenge was substituting eggs; I mainly found baking without them tricky. I failed consistently in the beginning, but I have never had second thoughts of getting back to my old ways.
If you are someone that relates to this or knows someone that has practically gone this route, this piece is written with all of you in mind.
First off, let me summarise why eggs are indispensable in traditional baking:
- They hold all the ingredients together. And even though they do not bring anything in terms of the flavor, they are responsible for the dish and the result. They are versatile and go with anything, so that is their plus point;
- They help the dough and the batter rise; basically, work as a leavening agent.
- They add a lot of richness to the food because they are full of complex fats.
2. Chia Seeds
3. Egg Replacer
4. Vinegar along with baking soda:
This will give you an effervescent solution. It is an excellent substitute for eggs because the bubbles that rise from the combination will help your dish turn out light, flaky and soft. Mix I teaspoon of baking soda in one teaspoon of vinegar. Non-fruit, as well as apple cider both the varieties, work great.
6. Mashed bananas
What is a baker without her bananas!
A quarter cup of mashed banana in place of every egg replaced will not just add softness but a world of flavor! You could add other fruits too; the sky is the limit!!
7. Arrowroot powder
A slurry of arrowroot powder mixed with water is an excellent replacement for eggs in vegan baking. The general measurement is to take about 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder in an equal amount of lukewarm water and add it to the recipe. Again, like other substitutes, it may not help the dish rise; it calls for addition into dishes with vinegar or baking soda in it.
Is it a good idea to veganise egg recipes?
I have done a lot of experiments and have realized in the hindsight that it is always better to have vegan recipes if you will want to not have eggs in them at all. You don’t want to try a normal recipe and give it a vegan twist. No, I am not saying they turn out bad, but most of the time, they never turned up per my expectation.