Okonomiyaki and my gratitude (for 20,000 views!)

I’m still on blog-cation but I thought I couldn’t let 20,000 views pass by without saying hello and by golly, thank you!!!* So thank you for reading, commenting, linking. THANK YOU!!! You know it totally makes my day to obsessively check my sitemeter and see that someone in Salt Lake / Perth / Bombay / Tokyo / Lima / Sao Paulo was reading my blog for 25 minutes! And to get comment luv. Awww, it’s great!!!

While I’m here, I should show the lentils I sprouted, as well as the riff on okonomiyaki I did with them. Is is really okonomiyaki if I just put stuff into a pancake, and ate it with Worchestershire sauce on top – without the genuine soup and other such? Yes, I know I’m taking liberties – so, feel free to see Just Hungry’s more comprehensive recipe here. But if you are lazy like me and want to just have a whiff of that Osaka sensibility with minimal work….read on!!! (Instead of “lazy” you can always use the word “busy” – works just as well!)

Sprouted Lentils, in a Colander

Sprouted Lentils, in a Colander

How to Sprout Lentils

It’s pretty easy. Soak 1 cup of lentils overnight. The next day, rinse and drain. Then loosely wrap the lentils in a few layers of paper towels (or I guess cheesecloth would work too). Leave the wrapped parcel in a shallow bowl. Check on it everyday – keep the lentils slightly wet by dripping enough water. Mine were “done” in about 5 days. Makes 5 cups of sprouts.

Pancake Mix

Pancake Mix

In the Pan

Lentil Sprouts with Pancake Mix

In the Pan

Okonomiyaki in the Making!

on the plate

Slice of Okonomiyaki, plated (pre-Worchestershire Sauce)

Slackerrific Impromptu Okonomiyaki

  • 5 cups of sprouts; (from 1 cup of dried brown lentils = 1/4 lb = about 20 cents)
  • 1 cup of soy milk; (about 50 cents)
  • 1/2 cup of prepared pancake mix; (I think this was still too much batter – likely better to just use about 1/4 cup);
  • 1 egg; (about 16 – 18 cents)
  • Worchestershire sauce to taste.

Wash and dry those sprouts. Because you have been watching over them as vigilantly as hawk, you will have very few “bad” sprouts – rotten / dry / etc. Pick through and discard. Mix the soy milk, pancake mix, and egg into a very large mixing bowl. Mix. Add the sprouts Fold them in. If you have other good stuff, this is the time to throw it in – I think shredded cabbage would be great here too. Heat up a skillet. You can do what I did – made a huge one – or make a few smaller ones. Totally up to you.

Pour the mixture into the pan according to the size you desire. The sprouts will wilt a bit. Check the bottom of the okonomiyaki by slipping the spatula underneath – what color is it? Golden brown? Time to flip it! Flip it. Then do the same check. Eat immediately! Slosh generously with Worchestershire sauce. Makes three – four servings. Takes less than 1/2 hr.

Next time, I’ll use less batter, and will add more more more stuff, like maybe some protein (tofu / chicken / etc.) How did it taste? Well, you can definitely enjoy the sprouts – earthy, not quite crunchy, yet offering some small resistance to one’s teeth. My diners gave it big, big thumbs up! I liked it. Well, maybe because it was breakfasty. Also, anything that gets browned in a skillet with starch is likely to win my heart. (like those jack mackerel cakes! and that spinach frittata!) I think the lentils plus the soy milk makes it very very filling and satisfying.

And now, I’ll include here a totally gratuitous picture of Watermelon Kanten. Yeah, it’s good. Why? Because you have that almost-crunchy resistence of the watermelon flesh, then the give of the kanten. Ok! I’m back on blog-cation now!

Watermelon Kanten Watermelon Kanten

* Right now, this blog has over 19,000 views, and I expect it to reach views 20,000 in a few days, since it’s averaging about 2000 ~ 2500 views/month. (And I remember when I used to get 180 views per month!!! – and it still boggled my mind that anyone would read this blog back then! I don’t even force my dearest friends and family to read it!) Thank you so much for reading!!!

Update: one of my dear kin tells me that my enthusiasm for the number of views I’ve gotten is a bit impassioned, to the degree of causing laughter on her part. Surely you cannot take me too seriously! Doesn’t everybody remember Sally Fields’s 1985 Oscar acceptance speech?

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17 responses to “Okonomiyaki and my gratitude (for 20,000 views!)

  1. Under Pressure

    Sprouting mung beans and lentils. Yum! Keep the mung beans in a dark place or they’ll get bitter.

  2. Wow, those sprouted lentil pancakes look delicious! What a great idea!

  3. Under Pressure – thanks for the tip!

    JennDZ_The_LeftoverQueen – thanks so much for the compliment! I looooved those pancakes – very inexpensive and good!

  4. That okonomiyaki looks really tasty – even if it’s the “lazy” way to do it! I think I might have to give that a try. I’ve got lentils in my pantry that would just love to be sprouted. 🙂

  5. Hi Stephanie, hope it turns out great for you!

  6. Congrats on all of your views! How awesome.

    I really love your blog….so inspiring. And beautiful photos, too!

  7. Katie – Thank you! thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog :-)!!!

  8. What a great blog! Keep up the good work

    Denise
    http://www.WineFoodPairing.blogspot.com

  9. currently i have been too sick to eat anything on your site, but visually i always get full here! i’m currently on a BRAT–all cooked bananas, rice, apples, and toast diet– for my illness, but your pics and posts have kept my spirits up!

    thank you!

    LUSH

  10. I’m trying the lentil pancake recipe tonight. yum!

  11. oh my goodness! hope it turns out great for you, April!

  12. Hey! These were great! I added carrots, garlic and onion too them too! I am going to write an article about these actually! Can I mention your blog URL?

  13. oh my gosh – I would LOVE that!!! thank you, thank you!!! Please let me know where the article goes :-)!

  14. definitely! It will be for the web, so I’ll send you a link when it goes live! 😉

    Thanks again!

  15. been sprouting lentils, going to try this with the next batch. thxx

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