Jump to Recipe

Simple and delicious recipe for vegan giouvetsi with soya kebab in 30 minutes!
With the unique aroma of cinnamon, allspice, clove and bay leaves.
You will love it!

Giouvetsi or yuvetsi (Turkish: güveç) is originated in Turkey. Its name comes from the homonymous clay vessel in which, traditionally, was baked.

Beloved food, so much that it is often referred to by its derogatory as giouvetsaki (small giouvetsi). So delicious that it was a well-known order in the kitchens of post-war Greece, the "a plain of giouvetsi". This order meant that someone ordered only barley (also known as noodles) from the juvette. Of course then they did not do it, as a rule, out of love for animals but for financial reasons as it was much cheaper. We, with respect for animals, made a recipe for vegan juvette, but also with respect to you, our juvette is not plain but with delicious soy kebab and aroma of cinnamon, allspice, clove and laurel.

We suggest cooking it in the pot, but you can also make it in a pan or in a dutch oven and achieve amazing results. We also use thick whole grain orzo but feel comfortable putting any type of orzo you have available.

Our recipe is extremely simple and fast and our vegan giouvetsi is extremely fragrant and filling! It is a comfort food. Very simple and quick in preparation. Ideal for when you need several portions and you want quickly something delicious. A recipe that you, your family and your friends will love!… Vegan or not!

Cook it today! :)

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, we get a percentage, at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, allaboutvegans.com earns from qualifying purchases.

Photo of giouvetsi (youvetsi). A comfort food with soya kebab and orzo. A vegan and vegetarian recipe from All About vegans.

Vegan giouvetsi (youvetsi) with soya kebab in 30 minutes

Simple and delicious recipe for vegan giouvetsi with soya kebab in 30 minutes! With exceptional aroma of cinnamon, allspice, clove and bay leaves. You will love it!
5 from 12 votes
Print Pin
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Vegan, Greek, Turkish
Keywords: vegan, vegetarian, juvette, juvette, juvette, kebab, orzo, fasting
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 portions
Calories: 600kcal
Author: Thodoris Tibilis


  • 500  g orzo preferably whole wheat
  • 200  g soya kebab
  • 400  g tomatoes grated or juice
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste optionally
  • 1 tsp sugar unprocessed
  • tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp clove
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper


Vegan giouvetsi

  • Put the soya kebab in hot water for 5 minutes to rise. Then, squeeze it by pressing it with your fist (as if kneading) in a colander.
  • Heat up a large non-stick pan at medium to high temperature and add in the olive oil with the cinnamon, the allspice and the clove.
  • Add the soya kebab and onion in the pot and sauté for 10 minutes.
  • Lower to medium heat, add the orzo and garlic and continue sautéing for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the grated tomatoes, water, sugar and the bay leaves. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.


  • Serve when still hot. You can accompany it with bread, lettuce salad, or white wine. You can also sprinkle over your plate nutritional yeast, grated rusks or freshly ground pepper.


  • If you use tomato pulp, add it just before adding the grated tomatoes and mix well.
  • Optionally, add together with the tomatoes and half a teaspoon of turmeric.

Nutrition Facts

Sodium: 44mg | Calcium: 148mg | Vitamin C: 11mg | Vitamin A: 617IU | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 10g | Potassium: 398mg | Calories: 600kcal | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fat: 20g | Protein: 27g | Carbohydrates: 78g | Iron: 5mg

© allaboutvegans.com