I often make soy milk at home, it’s cheap and easy to do and only needs 2 ingredients to do. Soy beans and water. Yep that’s it. However making soy milk produces a lot of byproduct or waist. One thing I’m not a big fan of is wasting food.  The byproduct I speak of here is the pulp that is left over after the soy beans have been ground up and strained. This pulp is called Okara. At first glance it doesn’t look like much and one would be forgiven if they were to throw it away. But many inventive people have come up with all sorts of clever dishes to use this product in from biscuits to burger patties and so on. The great thing about Okara is that is packed full of protein, fiber and all sorts of beneficial minerals. So why not use it? Why not indeed!

Today I’m going to show you how to turn it into a seasoning you can add to your rice for an extra kick. Sprinkle it on your noodles for some texture the possibilities are endless


straining the soy milk


Shopping list

1 Tablespoon Rice Bran Oil

1 – ½. Cups of Okara

2  Tablespoons of Soy Sauce

2  Tablespoons of Mirin

1 Tablespoon White Sesame Seeds

1 Tablespoon Black Sesame Seeds

½ Tablespoon Garlic Powder

½ Tablespoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon Ground Hot Chilli  Powder

(add more or less depending on how hot you like it)

½ Sheet of shredded Nori


Step 1.

Add your Okara into a large frying pan over high with the oil and fry until the Oraka has lost all it moisture and becomes golden in colour. This will take around 10 to 15mintues. During this time keep stirring and moving the Okara around as to ensure you don’t burn it and it is evenly browned.

Step 2

Add the soy sauce and mirin and give it good stir to combine ensure all the okara is covered. Keep stirring around to the soy/mirin has been absorbed (about 2 minutes)

Step 3

Add in both the white and the black sesame seeds and give the pan a good toss and stir for about 2 minutes.

Step 4.

Add the garlic powder and give the pan a good toss to combine

Step 5.

Add the chilli powder and give the pan a good toss to combine and fry for another 2 minutes.

Step 6.

Add the shredded nori and give the pan a good toss to combine and fry for another 2 minutes.


How easy was that!!

There it is you just made yours self a spicy vegan okara seasoning powder.



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