Friday, March 19, 2010

GLUTEN FREE KOREAN PANCAKE


 Warning : Healthy Recipe Ahead! 

Don't be alarmed..... I'm not turning vegetarian or vegan. But I do enjoy some vegetarian food and sometimes I'm stunned how satisfying and lip smacking they can be. 

I remember the the sambal tempe, the dhall curry, the spiced chickpeas, the kimchi, the chutney, the spring rolls....Oh my god I counted and I actually have 20 vegetarian dishes on my blog!! 

Perhaps I'm in the process of evolving into one. Perhaps.... I'm healthy! GASP.


Divina of Sense and Serendipity has smitten me yet again with her fabulous and healthy recipes. It all started with the beautiful Mochi Chocolate truffles (well, ok, that's not exactly healthy. It's fabulous), then the sensational Tofu crusted in Bonito Flakes and now some fantastic Gluten free Korean pancakes. All from her beautiful and educational blog. 

And the fact that she has the wonderful gift of making all her healthy food look unhealthy doesn't hurt either.

Completely gluten free this pancake uses mung beans or yellow lentils and rice and includes a whole lot of vegetables to pack in all those heavenly flavours. 

It makes you feel that this is what breakfast could be. This is what lunch could be. This is what dinner could be.......this is definitely a pancake that could be. Good for you. 


It is also very adaptable to tastes. You can almost add anything else you fancy or heaven forbid make it high cholesterol and unhealthy by adding prawns, minced meat or top it with a poached egg (which I tried). I can't poach an egg. I tried and it looked weird. It had entrails.

Enough said ...here's the recipe, adapted a little,....from the wonderful Divina of Sense and Serendipity..... 


1 cups mung beans (skinned) I used yellow lentils
1/2 cup jasmine rice
1 cup water 
1 mediumm zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1/2 carrot, cut into matchsticks
3-4 stalks spring onions, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
a small bunch of coriander,chopped finely
salt
cracked black pepper

vegetable cooking oil


Soak mung beans (or lentils) and rice overnight.


Drain them the next day and place into a blender with1 cup of water. Blitz until it becomes a thick batter like pancake batter.If too thixk add extra water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.


Sprinkle the shredded zucchini with about 1 tsp of salt and let it stand for about 20 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid.


Add all the vegetables to the batter, add salt n pepper to taste. Mix well.

Heat up pan till very hot then add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (I used grapeseed oil) and swirl it around the pan.

Ladle the mixture into the pan giving each pancake about 4 tablespoons of the mixture depending on how large or small you want the pancakes to be. I used an egg ring mould but it is not necessary at all.


When little bubbles become visible on the surface flip it over and cook until a golden brown on both sides.


Do the same with the rest of the batter.


Serve with a dipping sauce like this or with kimchi like I did or just enjoy it as is which is also perfect!!








41 comments:

Barbara said...

This looks good, Zurin. I've had a Vietnamese pancake, but it looks nothing like this one.
Love the yellow lentils.

Quinn said...

Zu, can I substitute mung beans with plain flour???

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This looks really healthy !

ICook4Fun said...

Wow, this look great. I am going to try this out once I get some mung beans.

Linda said...

Zu this looks totally delicious....I have not yet had my breakfast and i would love to have a bite of this!
Beautiful!
L~xo

Trendsetters said...

perfect looking cakes...very colorful and delicious looking

lostpastremembered said...

I love this recipe and have always wanted to try korean recipes... thanks for the exotic addition to my recipe file!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow looks wonderful and yep healthy perfect

La Table De Nana said...

Beautiful photos..you always make me want to make what you make..I made those Tofu beauties of yours and mine were not..You have "raw talent" as American Idol judges would say..

I should try these..I love fresh and tasty.Thank you for sharing these recipes..w/out you I would not know of them.
I thank my lucky stars I found you and a few others on my travels..Not just for the food:)

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

LOL! The recipe does look like a healthy one! But the good thing is I feel less guilt even after stuffing myself with 5 of these delish pancakes!

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh Zurin! This is wonderful! I'm caring for a very little one who is on a gluten and dairy free diet. This is something I can make for him!! Thank you, dear friend
xoxo Pattie

Mary said...

This looks so good we can forgive it for being good - healthy - for us. This is a lovely recipe.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

OMG, that's a simply irresistible pancake! May I have a piece??? :D

Sook said...

Oh wow, the pancakes are beautiful! I love Korean pancakes (buchimgae). Yours look thick and beautiful. I usually make mine thin so they aren't shaped perfect like yours. :) Yum!

Kate at Serendipity said...

Zurin, we're getting ready to go on a trip, but as soon as we get back I'm making these. They look tooo wonderful. We aren't vegetarian either, but we dont' eat that much meat. We often have meatless days without realizing it!

This is the perfect thing to serve when we want to plan a meatless day. Thanks!

Zia Elle said...

Yammy!! Very very good! They looks like vegetarian hamburger, fantastic!!

Angie's Recipes said...

LOL! I think mochi chocolate truffles are healthy...well...sort of. If not, I would not call "pan-fried" stuff healthy either!
The pancakes look so tempting!

tasteofbeirut said...

Thanks for passing along this wonderful pancake recipe! I am always interested in learning about more vegetarian meals since this is what we prefer around here. This one is a keeper.

Sanjana said...

Looks delicious! Please do consider sending an entry for my Wear Your Competition! :) You can find all of the info here: http://korasoi.blogspot.com/2010/03/wear-your-food.html

MaryMoh said...

Just the mention of Korean food and I'm there :D I just love Korean food....so delicious.... yum. Your pancake just looks so delicious. With some spicy sauce and I'll be in cloud 9 :D

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

lol!! Love the warning :) I am so going to try it.

Fimère said...

voilà une recette que je ne connais pas mais qui me semble excellente
j'en prends note
bisou et bon weekend

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I was stuck in China for a week which blocked Blogspot and facebook...the first thing I touched down in Hong Kong was to check on new entries by you girls... thanks for sharing this, I will want to make this for my sister...:)

Cakebrain said...

Now that looks amazingly yummy and it's a bonus it's something healthy!

Pam said...

I occasionally like to dabble in the healthy cooking and these look wonderful!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

It looks scrummy! Pancakes ... yummmm. I love savoury ones, like these. Beautiful dish, Zu!

Through My Kitchen Window said...

Wow. You have twenty vegetarian recipes on your blog. Isn't that wonderful! When I think of your beautiful blog I tend to think of some of the magnificent cakes you have made. Gosh you must be healthy! These pancakes look so scrumptious zurin. A little sweet chilli sauce or garlic yoghurt and I would be in heaven. Yummo!!

Federica said...

questi pancake devono essere super buoni! complimenti! baci!

Hélène (Cannes) said...

I like healthy dishes such as this one ! With those pancakes, I 'm ready to turn vegetarian for ... one day !
I'll try those pancakes this week end and I'm sure they'll taste great !
Have a nice day !
Hélène

zurin said...

Hi ladies...thanx ever so much for dropping by n leaving precious comments....have a wonderful day! xoxo Zurin

Quinn, Of course you cld use plain flour....I hope you'll try ..^.^

Sanjana, I'll hop over ^.^

pierre said...

hi Zurin very good recipe and if it is healthy I take it :: cheers from Pierre in Paris

TREAT AND TRICK said...

This is healthy and looks so yummy, lovely presentation too...

Jade said...

That looks delicious, zurin:) I was meaning to make kimchee this weekend! But I got sidetracked and made japanese pancake instead. haha..will definitely try your korean pancake nx week.

Elin said...

Zurin , this is one healthy pancake. Great, I love vegetarian pancake once in a while . fter all the shrimps and crabs..:p thanks for the recipe :)

Alisa-Foodista said...

delicious looking pancake

Divina Pe said...

I've been waiting for this and yous are just beautiful. I would love to have it with Kimchi. I have a a big batch now in the fridge. :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

You're right! These look divine and not the least bit healthy in a bad sense. Did you use a ring to make such perfectly round patties? Well done!

Elizabeth and Jared said...

These look amazing! who needs to go out for korean when you can stay in and eat these!! Well done!

pierre said...

so nice I love the photo and all the flavours !! hello from Paris Piere

COLARGOL said...

it is a great idea, I love!
I'll see if I can find all the ingredients, I'm sure my son would love

kuriouskitteh said...

Oooh, that's beautiful. I love Korean food, but this is the first non-kimchi pancake I've seen yet.
I think this may become my lunch today =).

~Kurious Kitteh

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