Vegan Faux Nikujaga with Lentils

Vegan Faux Nikujaga with Lentils

I substituted the meat in nikujaga with lentils. There's no need to soak the lentils, and they go very well with the sweet and salty Japanese dashi. ★ The fluffy feel gives them a different texture from the potato, and is delicious.

Ingredients: 4 servings

100 g
●Filtered water
200 ml
●Beet sugar
2 teaspoons
●Japanese dashi powder
1 tablespoon
●Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons
Sesame oil
1 teaspoon


1. Rinse the lentils in filtered water, then drain. Cube the potatoes. Slice the onion into wedges.
2. Add the ingredients from Step 1 and the ● ingredients to a pot, cover with a lid, and cook on medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, remove the lid continue boiling, being careful not to burn it. Turn off the heat when the water is almost boiled out, then pour in the sesame oil.
3. The flavors will be absorbed while it's cooling, so allow it to steam for at least 10 minutes before serving. It's also delicious the following day.

Story Behind this Recipe

I often use lentils as a substitute for ground meat.
I wanted to eat nikujaga so I made this vegan version.