I get weird ideas in my head all the time and this was just one of them which I actually planned on going ahead and executing. And the results are proof that I should try experimenting more often! It's good to think out of the box :)
High in Protein, Lower in Fat as compared to the Normal Shepherd's Pie, this Faux Shepherd's Pie is also a good pre workout meal if eaten in a limited quantity :) Plus it's Vegetarian too!!
Soya Shepherd's Pie
Serves 4Recipe by Self
1/2 cup Soya Granules
4 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 medium Onion, finely chopped.
1 medium Carrot, finely chopped.
6 cloves of Garlic, minced.
1 tbsp Coriander Leaves, chopped
1 tbsp Pepper
Salt to Taste
1/2 tsp Nutmeg Powder
2 tbsp Butter
4 Medium Potatoes, Boiled and coarsely mashed
1/2 cup Milk
1 Maggi Chicken/Veg cube.
Water for Boiling granules.
Boil the granules in 1 1/2 cup Water with 2 tbsp Dark Soy. Set aside. Do not drain. Preheat Oven to 190C/380F
Get all the veggies ready.
In a pan melt 1 tbsp Butter, and add Onions, Garlic and Carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add in the Soya Granules. Mix well, and add the Maggi cube, Dark Soy and Pepper.
Taste it, you may need no salt as the cube is salty and so is the Soy sauce.
Spread this mixture evenly on a baking tray.
In another pan heat up the remaining 2 tbsp Butter with Milk, and add in the Potatoes and Mash well, Sprinkle with Nutmeg and Pepper.
Spread this over the Soya Granules mixture. I added less amount of Potatoes so they did not spread well, but it is advisable to make a nice ruffled pattern with a fork so that it browns nicely when baked. Bake this baby for 30 minutes or till the crust is nicely crisp and Golden.
You could also use Chicken/Beef stock to boil the granules, in which case you would not need to add in the Maggi cube later on. It would taste better too. Also, I would probably add a splash of Red wine to it too while cooking the granules next time! :)