Okonomiyaki, The Savory Japanese Pancake

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On the Breakfast genre, we are travelling to Japan to taste their savory pancake, Okonomiyaki!! You might think, how come after visiting V-Vietnam, we are jumping to J-Japan, i couldn't find a variety with the countries available in W, so i used our last year theme's loophole, of selecting a city with the alphabet, i chose Wakayama from Japan. Main reason being, i have never tried Japanese cuisine, so i took this as an opportunity to try it!!
The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "what you like" or "what you want", and yaki meaning "grilled" or "cooked". The batter is made of flour, grated nagaimo (a type of yam), water or dashi, eggs and shredded cabbage, and usually contains other ingredients such as green onion, meat which can be either pork or sea food.
I made a vegetarian version with cabbage, carrot and spring onion greens along with Worcestershire sauce. Again Worcestershire sauce too contains fermented anchovies, so i used an alternative sauce, which i found here.  I felt it similar to our normal besan ka cheela. Must pair well with our spicy chutnies too. 
Inspired from Saralynnpaige
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup besan/Gram flour
1/4 cup chopped spring onions (green part only)
1/4 cup chopped cabbage
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp shredded ginger
1/2 tsp egg replace powder (1/4 tsp cider vinegar + 1/4 tsp baking soda)
2 tsp Okonomi sauce ( 1 tsp soy sauce + 1/2 tsp chilli sauce + a pinch of shredded ginger + 1/2 tsp lemon juice)
1/4 cup of water
Salt to taste
  • Take all the shredded and chopped veggies in a large bowl. To this add both the flours, egg replacement  and salt. Mix well with your hands. 
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and make a thick batter. 
  • Heat a pan, wipe it well with a tsp of sesame oil. Pour a ladle of batter in the center of the pan. Let it cook until brown on one side, flip and cook the other side. 
  • Take it out to the serving plate and serve it with any sauce of your choice.
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  1. Nice find Priya. Isn't it amazing how some of the food is around the world? Just that we need to discover it and tweak to our taste.

  2. I am fine with your smart thinking priya, I got to read on this..I had this shortlisted and never actually read through the recipe, I even feared it might not be vegetarian...good that you have done it, I can make from you..hehehe

  3. Delicious..Japanese cuisine normally has eggs in everything...even most of it is non veg...but to find a veg substitute and enjoy it ..wow..I like it, must try.

  4. Very nice way to tweak the recipe as per taste.The pancake s looks inviting.

  5. Each and every country have their versions of pancakes right? I stayed with Europe for this breakfast theme. Need to explore other countries too

  6. Pancake looks delicious,am yet to explore japanese cuisine, more than their dish i love the name of the dish.

  7. I want to finish that plate rite now, interesting vegetarian version..cant wait to try.

  8. I want that right now... Looks so flavorful and awesome and hats off to you for finding a veg Japanese dish

  9. What a delicious vegan version of Japanese pancake. Looks so fluffy & yummy!!

  10. This was part of my plan for this BM but I had to back off wondering whether any one at home would really enjoy it. However you have veganised and made it yummy.

  11. Sounds like a very doable one. I am only wondering if the vinegar will be conspicuous.

  12. My daughters are after me to make this after they ate it. Can imagine their shock if I tell them its besan ke cheele. :D I love this one too Priya and now I do not want leftovers.


Thanks a Lot for taking your time out and Visiting my Kitchen!!!!! Your Valuable Comments keep me going!!! Feel free to ask your doubts , i will definitely try reply you back. Good Day!!!