Bio-boosting okonomiyaki

Bio-boosting okonomiyaki

The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day
Martin Poole

A type of Japanese egg pancake, this is perfect for a fast supper. It’s ideal for when you want something a bit naughty but still wholesome – a super-quick and tasty treat.


Quantity Ingredient
100g wholemeal flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
large handful kale, shredded
1 large carrot, grated
1 large leek, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon runny honey
2cm fresh root ginger, finely chopped
1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
coconut oil, for frying
sea salt
black pepper
salad leaves, to serve


  1. Mix the flour, eggs, kale, carrot, leek and flaxseeds together in a large mixing bowl. You should have a bowl of batter-coated vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Make a dipping sauce by mixing the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, ginger and chilli in a small bowl, then set aside.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and melt a small amount of coconut oil in it, ensuring the oil coats the base of the pan.
  4. Place several large spoonfuls of the vegetable mixture into the pan, and press down to form a pancake. Cook for 2–3 minutes before carefully turning them over. Repeat until the pancake is crisp and golden. Slice into wedges and serve with salad leaves and the dipping sauce.

Good for:

  • Constipation and healthy gut flora

Clever combination:

  • Using ingredients that are high in fibre and provide both pre- and probiotics, as leeks and kale do, helps digestive health from several angles, both short and long term.
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