Friday, May 8, 2009

Okonomiyaki and Mugicha

Okonomiyaki is Japanese savory pancake or pizza. The word “Okonomi” means “what you like” or “what you want” and “yakigrilled or cooked. A customer can choose whatever he/she likes to top: from seafood to meat of their choice.
If you are a purist please forgive me, I tweaked into vegan the batter. Originally, the batter contains flour and egg, dashi (fish stock) as main ingredients, the cabbage and mountain ham is mixed too. The pancake seems originated from Osaka but popular through out the country. Pretty cheap to fit anyone budget and filling too!

Toppings, batter and way of cooking may vary according the regions:


Osaka style- Okonomiyaki : cabbage and batter are mixed together to make pancake (ideal for novice pancake maker)
Hiroshima style-okonomiyaki : the cabbage is cooked in hot surface and they pour on top the batter, sometimes noodle are added, I guess it will be hard to flip the whole pancake!


I handle the easiest method Osaka style; I mixed the cabbage and red onion in batter and pour the batter. Like the name says, I added whatever i like please free to add whatever you like. Is that cool this recipe!

Okonomiyaki



Yield: 2 medium pancakes or one big one

Ingredients:
Self raising flour:
¼ cup
Milk: ¼ cup
Water or dashi : ¼ cup (I used water)
Egg: one count (I omitted)
Salt: a pinch

Mix everything together (the batter is quiet watery)


Vegetables:
Cabbage: 1/2 cup sliced thinly
Red onion: 2 tbsp miced

*Seafood (shrimp) or thinly sliced meat can be used as topping!

Add the veggie in batter and mix well.


Method how to make pancake?

Heat a crepe pan or non stick skillet. Spray some oil, pour the batter with veggie, with spatula spread the veggie evenly.
Cover and cook in medium heat, after 2 or 3 min , turn the pancake! If the pancake is huge, there is lots of chance to break into pieces.

AsI am so used to make the pancake/dosa in Indian cooking, I found pretty easy to flip!

Enjoy the pancake topped with hot sauce or mayonnaise. I used siracha!


Mugicha (roasted barley tea) is a tisane, made with roasted barley. Very popular drink in Japan , can be substituted for coffee –very healthy drink.
I roasted barley until they turn brown (I didn’t made dark) Boil 10 ounces or huge tea cup of water and add 3 to 4 tbsp of roasted barley, simmer for another 6 min. Drain the water and keep in frigde for cooler version or serve hot.
I like to sweeten with one tsp of honey and lemon! Good for ur throat and of course for your soul!

Mugicha



This barley water reminds our homemade medicinal drink that our granny uses to make to clear the bladder! After consuming this drink be ready for many restroom trips!
Verdict:
Both dishes , somehow I felt as Indian flavor. For the drink, sure someone has to acquire the taste, to love it!
Both of Japanese dishes are ending to Lavi who is hosting AWED: Japan , event created by DK

Happy Mother's Day !

68 comments:

Pooja said...

I had taken 1 minute time to pronounce the name :) Looking yummy and healthy tea..

Pooja said...

What is dashi cham..

Cham said...

Pooja:Dashi is broth or cooking stock usually made with fish! Main ingredient in Japanese cuisine!

Priya said...

Just love to have rite now the barley tea, both japanese dishes looks tremendous Cham..Happy Mothers day!

Parita said...

Wow very interesting dishes, looks grt

Superchef said...

wow! that name definitley did catch my attention :D looks delicious!

n i love that tea!!!

srikars kitchen said...

Me too taken 1 min time to pronounce the Name cham.. NICe dish..healthy Tea,..

meeso said...

Hmmm, looks tasty!

Ushanandini said...

Okonomiyaki is fantastically prodigious! Mugicha looks sublime!

Soma said...

I like your Vegan okonomiyaki!! I really like the idea of this free style but healthy "pizza"..

The Mugicha sounds really good.

Happy Mom's Day to you too!

sowmya said...

the drink with barley sounds good..nice post cham..

anudivya said...

Drool drool! I did not know it was that easy to make barley water, I have some at home. Will have to try it.

Dick said...

First time I had this dish was in a Japanese restaurant in Honolulu. They did the Osaka style, with optional things like shrimp, chicken, meat, mushrooms, and/or tofu. The fillings were either put on the raw side of the pancake before it was flipped or maybe put onto the grill and the pancake flipped onto them. To serve, it was flipped again, and, at your option, either of two sauces were swirled around on the top. One was sort of a mayonnaise and the other sort of a barbecue sauce. There was hot sauce available, too. Good stuff!

We were the only round-eyes in the place and the Japanese staff watched us closely to see if we'd like okonomiyaka (which we did).

A_and_N said...

I'm amazed by your effort, Cham! And I've been wanting to try this for a long time.

Prathibha said...

LOvely pancake gal...The BArley drink is tempting me...Very HEalthy..

Curry Leaf said...

Wow,I never knew about mugicha and thanks for the info on okonomiyaki.Love both the dishes and nice way you made it vegan.Love the barley tea especially.

Nags said...

i always feel the Japanese have such cute names for their dishes :D

Ann said...

Happy mothers day to you Cham..
Japaneese i love too and kudos to you for the pancake..looks real yummy !!

Dibs said...

oki-moki-mami what?? hhaha!! :-)) I wish I could have that refreshing barley drink now! hey ..sometimes I wish somebody makes us all these dishes & serves us, instead us cooking all the time!! Wish you a great mothers day!

Priti said...

Lovely dishes...like the pancake and drink too...gud entry Cham

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

the name seems very complicated. but the dish looks simple. good attempt cham.

jayasree said...

Interesting recipes.. the pancake reminds me of our uthappam.

Sunshinemom said...

Great work as always, Cham! The barley tea reminded me of the barley water we drink sometimes too:), and I hate the restroom trips after that!!

Rachel said...

I like that you attempt every cuisine!

Suparna said...

Hi Cham,
The presentation is as wonderful as ever, the names on the header sounded so cute and I was twisting my mout in all possible directions...lol

Cham the pancakes are very similar to the Indian style veggie dosa na?
the barley tea wow looks like a wonderful health drink...lol I hate the numerous trip to the rest room though :)
nice snaps n crockery :)
TC

Sharmila said...

Reminds me of a veg omelette ... love anything savoury. This is a must try. :-)

Rajee said...

I felt so hungry on see this picture.

Happy cook said...

Wow that pancake looks so good, , i think when we were sick mom used to give barley water, i don't know for wha tkind of sickenss it was.

Happy cook said...

Forgot too say Happy mothers day to you.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Nice dishes Cham, adding fish stock to the batter also sounds interesting, I'll give this a try with water and then go for the stock :)...love the barley tea.

Raaga said...

:-)

Lovely. I can't remember when I experimented with new cuisines last :)

Priyameena said...

Tea looks healthy and refreshing!!Best breakfast!!

Vaishali said...

Looks super, Cham, and what lovely presentation!

Varsha Vipins said...

very innovative dishes Cham..cute names..hee..:P..looks like ma fav omlette..:)

Red Chillies said...

Even though I cannot pronounce both the name, got the gist of the recipe. I am impressed with that barley tea.

veggie belly said...

wow! you are adventurous! both dishes are a mouthful to say...but look yummy! the pancakes look like a great thing to make for a change..

Malar Gandhi said...

First I thought you were scolding me, he he. Just kidding! Though hard to pronounce...recipe looks splendid.

Wish to try this tea, very healthy one, right.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Never made a Japanese food at home. getting encouragement on seeing urs. Yummy.

vidhas said...

Both looks great!!

Nupur said...

The okonomiyaki looks so good- what a perfect snack or light meal!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and wishing me :)

Sujatha said...

very different and interesting cham! Barley tea is a very tempting.. nice post! :)

Happy Mother's day to you Cham!

Premyscakes said...

what an interesting dish. love it.

Madhumathi said...

Nice entries..Both the dishes look great.I should try the barley tea sometime.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Wonderful, looks delicious Cham! nice to know abt international cuisine.

Kalai said...

Barley tea ..healthy one and both looks gr8.Thx for visiting my blog.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY !!

LG said...

I am AWED at your effort Cham. Nice dishes!

Miri said...

You ve really gone all out to make these Japanese dishes! WOW!

Divya Vikram said...

That is great to cook up new dishes for the event Cham!!

Bong Mom said...

That jap pancake I like. Barley tea, mmmmm, not fond of barley somehow reminds me of being sick :)

Vani said...

Hope you had a nice mother's day, Cham! The pancake looks great! Barley tea sounds healthy :)

Laavanya said...

I don't have fond memories of barley water so shall stay away from the tea but that cabbage pancake is something i definitelyw ant to try.

bee said...

i have lotsa barley i need to use. this sounds wonderful. i'd pobably add lemon to it to make lemon barley water.

Roopa said...

Hi Cham, I have been on a small break, we shifted to a new home here. So been busy with that. How are you?
Wow that is a healthy drink ! No wonder Japanese people have a longer life span (I read it somewhere ;) dont know if its true or not)

We make cabbage dosa , is it similar tasting to that? guess the stock makes all the difference tastewise :)

Chitra said...

ur dishes are always different and new to me,nice u try all cuisines:)thanks for sharing:)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

looks delicious.....bt tough to pronounce :) im new to ur blog...all snapsr just superb :)

notyet100 said...

delish,,,,:-)

Purva Desai said...

Pancake looks yummy and I have tasted this tea it is really healthy one

n33ma said...

Neat Click Cham.......gonna try that for breakfast.

AnuSriram said...

Yummy pancake and a delicious tea! Both looks inviting!

Vicky Xavier. said...

Hi, I am hosting an event called 'The potluck - chicken' . It is my first time to host one. Expecting your suggestions , support and yummy dishes . Hearty welcome dear.
http://elitefoods.blogspot.com/2009/05/announcing-event-express-potluck.html
Thanks.

ARUNA said...

OMG so difficult to pronounce......but they look good and interesting!

DEESHA said...

thatz an interesting recipe

rahin said...

very interesting cham ....never tried japanese food ...shud try this one

Nath said...

New recipe for me and look delicious, and mugicha....so fresh and healhty :)

Pavithra said...

Wow so different and lovely post. Really i too took a minute for procnoucing the name.. nice cuisine.

Jamie said...

Wow, the title of your post was a tongue twister! I loved your Japanese Pizza. And the barley tea is very unique. Great Post Cham!

homecooked said...

Wow...lovely international recipes :) They look quite interesting.

Aparna said...

This all "japanese" (couldn't say greek here, could I?) to me and totally new. Looks very interesting though.