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Okara like a Tabulè cooked in the dishwasher

July 17, 2014


This recipe is one of my favorite because it combines my must: homemade, reduction of foodwaste and cooking at zero impact in the dishwasher.

Homemade – the main ingredient is okara a byproduct of homemade soybean milk. Here you will find the recipe to make soy milk and okara with your hands.

Reduction of foodwaste – okara usually is discarded but in this recipe becomes the star of a dish of Lebanese cuisine, the tabulè (or tabbouleh), perfect during the summer. To keep okara for several months, sprinkle on a baking paper and put it on the grill of the dryer (or on the grill of the oven) and dry at 40-60 ° C for 4-6 hours. When he lost moisture put it in an airtight container and use it within 3 months. To make it last longer freeze it once dried.

Cooking in the dishwasher – use the dishwasher as you wash the dirty dishes to cook, so you’ll save water and energy, but above all you will have the opportunity to cook at low temperatures without having to buy professional tools. To cook safely in the dishwasher is extremely important to seal hermetically the food in glass jars or vacuum bags suitable for cooking. Why you should cook this dish in the dishwasher instead of a traditional technique:

– Wash the dirty dishes in the evening and I enjoy to cook the tabulè for lunch or dinner the next day

– For the environment to save water and energy but also to save money

– Cooking in the dishwasher does not produce odor nor HEAT in the kitchen (keep it in mind in those days when is very HOT)

– To better preserve the nutrient content of foods and have a lower nutrient loss

– Because it is very entertaining and faces of your friends when you open the dishwasher are amazing

– Because this dish cooked in this way is special and different compared to a traditional one

Recipe for 4.



400g of dried okara

2 spring onions

Parsley, Basil and Fresh Mint

extra virgin olive oil

1 handful of toasted pine nuts

The juice of one lemon

1 yellow pepper

Salt and pepper

320 ml of water or vegetable broth



Divide the okara in 4 airtight jars. Add in each one a pinch of salt, sliced ​​onion, lemon juice, the diced pepper, toasted pine nuts, finely chopped herbs and pepper. Add 80 ml ​​of water or vegetable broth in each jar. Complete with a drizzle of olive oil and stir. Close the jars tightly and then arrange them in the dishwasher in free spaces between dirty dishes. Cook in the dishwasher with the program Quick or alternatively for (at least 30min at 60-65°C). At the end of the washing program put the jars in the refrigerator. Let cool before tasting. The next day you can bring a jar directly in the office or for those who are already on holiday directly on the beach for a fresh and nutritious lunch.


If you do not have the okara and you still want to try this recipe replace it with quick-cooking couscous.


One Comment leave one →
  1. July 17, 2014 3:55 pm

    Ingenious. A lot of new info (to me) in this post.

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