Accidental Genius: Vegan Okonomiyaki Recipe

There’s nothing quite like flinging together a meal (be quiet I will blog about writing again soon and you will wish to God I hadn’t) and having it turn out far, far better than you expected, especially when typically your attempts to fling together a meal end in swearing and pans full of hot fat flinging themselves off the gas hob with the express intention of murdering you.

The crux of this, very simple and delicious main piece is that besan/gram flour (chickpea flour) is possibly the most wonderful thing the world has ever produced, and turns into a thick, extremely adhesive paste the minute it touches something moist. It starts pretty much the same as the besan/courgette two-ingredient pancake, but is rather more tasty.

Vegan okonomiyaki, rice paper steamed veg and mushroom balls, steamed kale and soy-fried turnip crisps, and a matcha mochi daifuku from the Japan Centre

You will need:

5 tsbp sieved besan/gram flour
50g of finely grated courgette/zucchini
100g Tesco Vegetable Base Mix (or just… look at the ingredients in that and blender your own)
1 tsp of whatever spice mix most appeals to you. I tend to make my own and then leave them in unlabelled jars because common sense, what is that, so I can’t really tell you what I just used, only that it was delicious
1/2 tsp baking powder
salt
pepper
cooking spray/a tiny amount of oil
1 non-stick saucepan or wok or whatever as long as it’s non-stick, has deep sides and a lid.
Spatula
Something for mixing in
A thing to make your pan hot (hot plate, hob, paraffin stove).

What you do:

  1. Mix everything (except the oil) together in a bowl with the spatula until you have a thick paste.
  2. Make your pan hot.
  3. Put the paste in the bottom of the pan and spread it out until it is flat.
  4. Put the lid back on the pan and turn down the heat and leave it for a while.
  5. When the thing is firm, flip it over with the spatula and turn the heat up a little to cook the other side for a while.
  6. Lob this thing on a plate and adorn however you want. Congrat, you have a vegan okonomiyaki. My guess is that if you’re more of a fan of Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, it’s possible to chuck in the mandatory layer of yakisoba.

BONUS: waist-watchers and calorie-counters will be pleased to hear that this whole reasonably large centrepiece clocks in at a whopping 145 calories.

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