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Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Recipe

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Recipe

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Recipe

 

Palm Heart Medallions

Palm Heart Medallions

What are palm hearts?

I know you are wondering what palm hearts are. Well, they are the bud of a growing palm tree. They are popular in Asian dishes as well as in Brazil. They are soft in texture. Soft but firm. They have a slightly salty taste. They actually have quite a lot of health benefits. It is low in Cholesterol and is a good source of Protein, Riboflavin and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Manganese. Not too shabby!

I bought the sliced medallions. They were cheaper. I thought two tins would not amount to much. But boy, was I wrong. They make enough for three to four people. No kidding.

All you need for this recipe are:

  • Palm hearts,
  • Tempura flour for the batter and
  • All-purpose flour to dip in
  • Oil for deep frying.

This is more of a treat then a staple. As obviously, deep-frying is not the healthiest of things to do. But when the craving hits! This is just such an amazing dish to prepare!

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Ingredients

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Ingredients

What do vegan calamari taste like?

It ‘almost’ tastes like the octopus version. The texture is so spot on. It doesn’t have those stringy veins like normal calamari. And that is a big bonus I think. The batter is just perfect and the palm hearts works so well with this recipe. The nori (seaweed) flakes gives it a fishy taste. We dipped them in some plum sauce. A new staple in the house and I will serve this to friends and family with ease. Meat eater or not! This is a winner! Try it!

If you do try it, please tag me on Instagram and let me know how it turned out.

Let me know in the comments what you think? Yay or nay?

Until next time! Scroll down for the recipe and video.

AuthorGypsyCategory, DifficultyIntermediate

Having an opportunity to eat calamari after choosing to go plant-based is a revelation I tell you! These palm hearts vegan calamari is as good as the octopus version, if not better. Same texture. Firm but soft. Give these a try, they are delicious.

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Recipe
Yields3 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time35 mins
 2 cups Palm hearts
 2 Nori sheets, broken up finely
 1 ½ cups Tempura flour
 1 cup Cold Water
 1 ½ cups All-purpose flour
 2 tbsp Seasoning of choice (salt and pepper)
1

Drain the palm hearts from the tins. Put in a colander and rinse properly. Cut small circles in the palm heart medallions. We used a small lid of a bottle. Put it aside.

2

Add the tempura flour to a container. Add the cold water slowly and mix completely.

3

Add the nori flakes to the tempura batter, as well as the seasoning.

4

In a big plastic bag, add the all purpose flour. You can add some spices in here as well if needed.

5

Bring oil to a rolling boil on the stove. Dip the palm hearts in the batter first, then the flour and fry until golden brown. Remove and serve with a sauce of choice. We served it with plum sauce. Yum!

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Recipe

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Recipe

Ingredients

 2 cups Palm hearts
 2 Nori sheets, broken up finely
 1 ½ cups Tempura flour
 1 cup Cold Water
 1 ½ cups All-purpose flour
 2 tbsp Seasoning of choice (salt and pepper)

Directions

1

Drain the palm hearts from the tins. Put in a colander and rinse properly. Cut small circles in the palm heart medallions. We used a small lid of a bottle. Put it aside.

2

Add the tempura flour to a container. Add the cold water slowly and mix completely.

3

Add the nori flakes to the tempura batter, as well as the seasoning.

4

In a big plastic bag, add the all purpose flour. You can add some spices in here as well if needed.

5

Bring oil to a rolling boil on the stove. Dip the palm hearts in the batter first, then the flour and fry until golden brown. Remove and serve with a sauce of choice. We served it with plum sauce. Yum!

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari

Palm Hearts Vegan Calamari Recipe

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