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What's a good egg substitute for coating things in breadcrumbs?

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NannyR Sat 03-Jun-17 19:24:12

I'm starting to make some changes to my diet and making a few vegan meals each week.
Tonight I've made katsu curry and substituted the chicken with slices of tofu instead - if I was doing chicken I would toss it in flour, then dip in egg and then breadcrumbs. I did this tonight with the tofu slices, but in future what could I use instead of the egg to make the breadcrumbs stick?
It was really delicious and I didn't miss the chicken at all so I will definitely be cooking it again.

BigGreenOlives Sat 03-Jun-17 19:25:32

Do you have a vegan mayonnaise? That would work.

SplitInfinitive Sat 03-Jun-17 21:23:58

I think you can use gram flour (chickpea flour) mixed to a paste with water as an egg substitute for getting breadcrumbs to stick. I know I've used a paste like that for thickening stews etc as well.

FlaviaAlbia Sat 03-Jun-17 21:25:51

I use vegetable oil when I'm out of eggs and it works OK with chicken. I'm not sure if it would work as well with tofu though.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 03-Jun-17 21:26:54

if you are not actually vegan then mayo or yogurt works well to hold crumbs on, just use one of those silicone brushes to daub it on.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 03-Jun-17 21:28:18

have also used pesto, but that's not vegan either, it is however utterly delish on bashed chicken with a crumb coating.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Sat 03-Jun-17 21:34:03

But you can easily make a vegan 'pesto' without the Parmesan (add some nutritional yeast instead for the 'cheesy' flavour)

NannyR Sat 03-Jun-17 23:22:41

Thanks for all the ideas, I have some gram flour in the cupboard so i'll have a go with that.

trixymalixy Sat 03-Jun-17 23:36:04

Aquafaba, google it. It's the liquid from a tin of chickpeas. It makes amazing vegan meringues too.

SaneAsABoxOfFrogs Sat 03-Jun-17 23:39:17

Ground flax seeds, mixed to a paste and then chilled for 10 mins. Goes gloopy like eggs. Admittedly, not something likely to be in everyone's cupboard but if you are going to be catering for a vegan regularly (or a toddler with dairy and egg allergies, as I am) it's surprisingly useful, and keeps for ages.

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