Plain ol’ farty cabbage gets the step treatment from me on most days. The ladies of the house seem to like its less-than-agreeable taste and willingly mop a different shredded cabbage sabzi with rotis every other day. Me? I turn my nose up at it and reach for a dal, a potato sabzi, or a green instead. That aside, I’m a sucker for good coleslaw. Crunchy slaw bathed in creamy ranch sauce, is there a better accompaniment than this to pack into a sandwich lunchbox? The slaw was perhaps the only acceptable way for me to enjoy my cabbage until this pancake came along and ruined me for pretty much everything.
I know I’m late to the okonomiyaki party, but I’m ready to put my two cents in. This avatar of the okonomiyaki uses purple cabbage and another favourite fall ingredient of mine, the purple yam. I can’t imagine undhiyu season without purple yams and this overtly starchy, seemingly nasty root is what makes my okonomiyaki so special. Its purple hombre rounds when sliced, go brown pretty quickly so keep a bowl of water on the side when working with it. This recipe makes two, but feel free to double it up and you’ll be thankful you had some batter leftover.
Purple Yam 1, grated or chopped into thin juliennes
Purple cabbage 100g thinly sliced
Spring Onion 1 whole, greens and whites chopped
Egg 1, beaten
All-purpose flour 1/3 cup
White Pepper (optional)
Oil a few tablespoons for frying
Combine together the purple yam, purple cabbage, spring onion, egg in a large bowl using your hands. Season with salt and some white pepper.
Sprinkle over the flour and combine yet again. The mixture should clump together a but shouldn’t be too gluey.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in an omelette pan and add half of the mixture into it and press down on it to spread and flatten it evenly around the pan. Cook this for medium-high for a whole minute checking to see if it’s loosening around the edges. Flip the pancake swiftly taking care to not break it. Cook it on the underside for another whole minute or two and then slide it out. Serve with sriracha and mayo on top.