If you are looking for plant based alternatives for meat, you have come to the right place. Maybe this is your chance to try something new for Meatless Monday…. or maybe you are exploring vegan recipes as you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint. That’s awesome, more power to you and planet Earth!!
This hot dog recipe is very simple and super easy to recreate. All you have to do is mix the 3-ingredients together and steam it for 10-minutes. In 15 minutes, a protein rich, hearty vegan hot dog (7g of protein per serving) is ready.
A little background, if I may 🙂
The inspiration for this recipe comes from a traditional Indian dish called Besan ke Gatte. This is a dish from the Northwest part of India (Rajasthan), where spices are added to chickpea flour which is then rolled into a hot dog shape and boiled in water. A similar Gujrathi recipe called muthia involves steamed dumplings, just not in the shape of a hot dog. I have adapted these recipes to roughly match the color and texture of a hot dog.
Here are the ingredients I used and why I used them –
A.K.A Besan in Hindi is a good protein rich flour. Lots of Indians are vegetarians. This means they are very creative in their use of plant based protein. Chickpea flour being fairly inexpensive is widely used and a gold-mine for creative protein dishes. I think it is fair to say chickpea is to North Indian cuisine what soy bean is to Chinese.
Normally chickpea dumplings in India are yellow in color. Here, I used ketchup to get that pinkish- red color to the hot dog as well as add a sweet-tart flavor.
The reason I used mayo in this recipe is that the whipped, fluffy mayo adds some lightness to the otherwise dense, sticky chickpea flour. Secondly, the oil in the mayo adds the much needed fat for the recipe, otherwise it would be a very dense, protein block.
Traditional mayonnaise uses egg yolks. Vegan mayo, does not use eggs, and has become all the rage in US and you can get it in most grocery stores. Now, if you are unable to get Vegan mayo, you can substitute it with oil or make your own vegan mayo instead.
I have tried this recipe using both traditional and vegan mayo. I find traditional mayo slightly sharper in taste and more lighter. But vegan mayo comes in a close second and also delivers a great tasting vegan hot-dog.
Step By Step Photos
Knead the dough with the 3 ingredients
Shape the dough into the shape of hot dog and place it in the steamer
Steam for 10 minutes and check if it is cooked all the way through
Hot Dog Recipe
Makes 4 hot dogs
- Chickpea Flour – 1 cup
- Vegan Mayonnaise – 2 Tsp
- Ketchup – 3 Tbspln
- Take the chickpea flour in a wide bowl.
- Add the ketchup and Mayo and knead the flour
- Do not add any water. The flour should come together like a ball.
- Shape the dough into hot dog shape.
- Steam it for 10-12 minutes.
- Insert a fork to ensure it is cooked all the way through.
- Serve it with a hot dog bun and your favorite toppings.
Vegan Hot dog Serving ideas
Spicy chutney (Blend coriander, green chillies, lemon juice, dates, tamarind, salt)
Sliced onions and tomatoes
My kid (the olive fanatic’s) favorite
All these toppings are just suggestions/ideas for you to try. You love Siracha? Top yours off with that spicy sauce. Your kid loves crunchy cucumber? add that to your hot dog.
Since these hot dogs are firm and not soggy, they hold up really well as a lunch box item. Being protein rich, they sustain you for a long time as well. I hope you give it a try.
I look forward to your comments/suggestions.
Looking for the Besan (chickpea flour) brand that Indian stores carry – Try this one here: