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Soymilk, a vegan chance
from: Bambu Vegetarian Restaurant, Valparaíso Chile

Some people can't have milk, not only because of a vegan diet, but because of the lactose that they can not digest. There you are a good milk for them, and for vegan, and for babies too.

  • 1 cup of soybeans. (about 250 grams)
  • 1 litter of water.
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 little very little of salt.
  • 1 tablespoon of soy oil. (generally the bottle of vegetable oil that you can find in supermarket contains 98% of soy oil, that is good enough).
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Things you will need:

  • A big bowl.
  • A pan (to cook the milk)
  • A blending machine

How to make it:

1.- Put the soybeans with water in a bowl for 12 hours at least. You can leave them all the night.

2.- At next day: wash the soybeans with fresh water and remove the peel. That will make the milk more white. If you don't remove it the milk will be a little dark, but that is not a bad thing.

3.- Put in the blending machine the half of soybeans with 2 glasses of fresh water so as to make them be like a paste. Put it all into a pan and add the rest of the soybeans, same thing.

4.- When all the paste is done, put it to cook. Be careful because it tends to grow exactly as the common milk does. I'd rather use a big pan. It will boil for about 30 minutes.

5.- Use a muslin to strain the milk into a bowl. What you get in the muslin is called OKARA, don't trash it!!... you will use it later.

6.- The milk should be less than a liter now, so add water enough to get about 1,8 liters. Separate a cup of that milk and put it in the blending machine and add a teaspoon of sugar, the salt, soy oil and vanilla. Blend it for a minute. The rest of the milk goes to the pan to boil again. When it start boiling, add the cup from the blending machine. This is for the taste.

7.- After 5 minutes boiling, you can use it as you like: hot with chocolate or coffee, or cold with bananas, or use it for deserts, same than the other milk, or you can prepare tofu too.

8.- What to do with the OKARA? ... you can mix it with garlic, ciboulette, salt and spices, to use with salted cookies or bread, for a sandwich, or use on salads. Also you can add okara to your favourite soup, or burgers. Its very nutritous. I use them with eggplangs, like a paste too. Really good!!

Let me know how did it go - on ivu-recipes

The Chilean Vegetarian Queen