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Egg Substitutes

Egg Substitutes

Are you a newly turned vegan? If so, you would be curious to find out the substitute for eggs in your cooking. In this article, we have presented some widely used replacements.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Eggs are the most nutritious food, one could think of, for breakfast. They are considered as a great source of protein and suffice many of our other nutrient requirements as well. Some health-conscious people might avoid them for the fear of elevating their cholesterol level, whereas the vegan society has entirely banned eggs for obvious reasons. The good news is that eggs are very easy to substitute, and you can take your pick from an array of replacement foods available. However, you need to know, which of these work best for your particular recipe.

Some Popular Substitutes

Commercial Baking Agents
Various substitutes for egg have been introduced in the market under different brand names. These are mostly suited for baking recipes, which demand more of a binding property and less of flavor. These agents suffice the requirement fairly well. However, you need to adhere to the instructions given on the carton, so as to get the same taste and flavor as the original recipe. For some brands, you might have to add more moisture than recommended on the pack. This can be achieved by adding a spoonful of water or soy milk.

Bananas and Applesauce
This combination serves as a perfect substitute in baking recipes like muffins, pancakes, yeast-free breads, etc. Mash a banana and blend it well with ΒΌ cup of applesauce. This mixture has similar texture as an egg, and renders the same amount of moisture. Banana gives an additional sweet and fruity flavor to recipes. However, since this substitute does not render fluffiness to the dish, you might need something different for recipes that need 'raising'.

Tofu substitutes for egg so well, that your eyes and taste buds can be easily tricked. The texture of silken or regular tofu bears striking resemblance to boiled or cooked eggs. It is best used in recipes like quiche, frittata, or egg salad. Silken tofu can also be used for making cookies and brownies, as it tends to make the recipe a bit heavier. Needless to say, it should not be considered as a substitute in cake.

Flaxseed is a vegan's favorite choice for making light, fluffy cakes. It is a powerhouse of many nutrients. When mixed with water, it resembles the thick and gelatinous texture of eggs. Flaxseed is a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and other essential fatty acids that are beneficial against heart diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, etc. Thus, you need not be a vegan to avail the myriad health benefits of this wonder food.

Recommended Usage Proportions For Substitutes

1 banana
1 tbsp. milled flaxseed and 3 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. arrowroot flour
2 tbsp. potato starch
1 tbsp. soy powder + 2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. soy milk powder + 1 tbsp. cornstarch + 2 tbsp. water

Generally, the lesser the quantity of egg in a recipe, the easier it is to replace it. These substitutes can provide a good replacement in dishes that use egg only as a binding or flavoring agent. However, for hard-core recipes, you might have to go for the original ingredient itself.