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Healthy With Tofu: Fluffy Light Okonomiyaki

Healthy With Tofu: Fluffy Light Okonomiyaki

Instead of mixing the okonomiyaki flour with water, mix it with tofu! By just using tofu and nagaimo yam, you can make a batter that's packed with nutrition!!

Ingredients: 2 large pancakes

For the batter:
Okonomiyaki flour (or plain flour with some dashi stock granules)
150 g
Silken tofu
1 block
Nagaimo yam
150 g
Eggs
2
Additions to the batter:
Cabbage
300 g (about 1/2)
Chopped green onion
80 to 100 g
Thinly sliced pork belly
8 slices
Tempura crumbs, dried shrimp
To taste

Steps

1. Make the batter: Mix the tofu in a bowl until smooth with a spoon. Add the grated nagaimo yam and egg, and mix well.
2. Add the flour and mix. It should be the consistency where a spoonful drops down with a plop.
3. Cut up the vegetables: cut the cabbage into 1 cm square pieces, and the green onion 3 mm thick. If you chop up the stem part of the cabbage too, it will add a crunchy texture.
4. Heat up a frying pan without any oil. Cook the pork belly slices on one side only and take out. Wipe out the excess oil from the frying pan.
5. Divide the batter into half. Add half the additional ingredients except for the pork belly to the batter, and mix while incorporating air.
6. Heat up the frying pan again over low heat and pour in the combined batter. Lay the pork belly slices on top with the uncooked side facing up.
7. Cook the pancake for 5 to 6 minutes on each side without a lid. When it's cooked through, raise the heat to medium and continue cooking until the surface is browned to your liking.
8. Cover with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, bonito flakes, and aonori seaweed, and it's done! Repeat with the rest of the batter and additions.

Story Behind this Recipe

My husband from Kansai investigated the proper size to cut the cabbage, how to cook the pancakes, and so forth when he was in college.
The tofu tip was given to me by my sister in law.