Okonomiyaki or the cabbage pancakes are really an easy meal to try when you are really busy. The other thing is cabbage is less in calories. I am not a person who loved cabbage. Now I love to eat cabbage in these pancakes when ever I feel lazy to cook. As a full time worker I always cut my vegetables oduring the weekend. i store them in fridege for my one pot meals. I call this a one pot meal too.
To make the pancakes a full meal you can add several different vegetables and some meat in to the pancake mix. Some people like a soft pancake texture when some others like the fillings with less batter which is enough to bind the ingredients together. There are no rules for filling or the toppings. Use what you have in the fridge.
There is one thing you should remember when you make these pancakes. Vegetables always gives extra liquid when you mix them all together with salt. So be carefull when adding more liquid. I always do several and add a bit more flour for the last few as you will get all the uices out from the mixture.
When making the pancakes try cooking onb a low flame to get the best look. Its served with diferent types of sauces. Add anything to your liking as the topping. If you are a vegetarian try omitting prawns and eggs.
This recipe will serve 4-6 people.
I am using half of a large cabbage . Shredd or grate or cut finely.
Add other flavours to it. I used leeks onions , prawns (I used cooked prawns)and green chillies. Chillies are always optional.
Add about a cup of flour with 3 table spoons full corn flour in to a bowl with salt and pepper.
Break 3 eggs in to a bowl and whisk well. Pour on to the flour. Add 1/2 cup of milk to mix with flour. Make a batter.
Add the chopped vegetables and prawns on to the batter. Mix well.
Pour the prepared batter with cabbage on to a grill or a pan and cook on low flame on both sides until well cooked.
Serve hot with your favourite sauce as the topping.
If you like a meal in a different way try using this recipe for a change. I used chicken breast in this recipe. My famil;y love this dish. I always serve this with a nice side salad. You can even try on crusty or toasted bread. If you like to create a onepot meal try adding extra vegetables and you willget a nice dish for a dinner with no time.
To create a meal you can add potatoes, carrots and celery. That will add extar flavours too.
This is a simple salad a friend of mine made recently. While having it I copycat the recipe to share it with you all. It was slightly crunnchy and also had lots of flavours. You can make it to be sweet and spicy too.
This cauliflower salad can be served cold or just after the prep.
This recipe will serve 4-6 people.
Get one cauliflower head and cut in to florests. Blanch it in hot salted for few seconds to add some extra flavours. Stir fry some nuts to your liking until roasted. I used roasted pinenuts for this.
Other than that I used about 1/2 bunch chopped fresh parsley, one small red onion finely sliced, some red chillies sliced. Get some fresh sultana, salt &pepper, seveal squeezes of honey, and lemon juice to the taste.
In to a bowl add the chopped ingredients with slat, pepper,and honey. Chop the cauliflower in to small fine pieces and and put in to the bowl.
Later add the lemon juice.Then add the nuts. Mix well.
Leave in fridge. or serve as it is.
Chicken and leek risotto is a simple and easy one pot meal for a busy day. All in one dishes makes the life easy too. This will be a real treat for a busy week day nights dinner. If you have left overs make sure to freeze them for future use too.
When you cook risotto there are simple things to remember. It helps you to get the perfect and the nicest risotto ever. It needs cooking in several steps. Its called the absorption method. For this you need to stir fry rice fist with the oil or the butter. Then cook with the alcohol and adding hot stock in several batches for the perfect cooked risotto.
The Italian risotto rice the best for this. But as a cheaper option you can use medium grain rice too.
I used one kilo risotto rice for this as I always freeze the leftovers. You can get the amount you like and use this as a guide for your meal too.Used about 750 g diced chicken rice too.
Cut one or two large onions and several cloves of garlic. Get some bay leaves too. Slice about 300 g mushrooms.
I used about 300 g finely sliced leeks in this too. Other than that you need about a cup of whipping cream and a cup of dry white wine or dry sherry too.
Add about a table spoon or two oil or butter in to a pan and fry the chicken until slightly brown .
When the chicken is slightly brown add the mushroom and the leeks in to the pot , season with salt and pepper.
Cover the pot and cook until the it is well cooked.
Take the chicken, mushroom and leeks out and add some butter in to the pan. Add the chopped onions, garlic, and the bay leaves .
Stir fry really well. When the onions are translucent add the rice.
Stir fry the rice really well until the rice is looking glassy. After add a glass of wine and let it absorb to the rice completely.
Add the stock 1/2 cup and Stir continuously. And add later another 1/2 cup and keep on doing it until the rice is firm and creamy.
Keep on adding stock and stir until the rice is firm and creamy.
When ready add the cream. Stir well.
After add the chicken , mushroom and leek mix and stir well serve hot.