Pakora Waffles

Who would have thought pakoras disguised as a waffle will taste so finger-lickingly good??? Well I for one did!!!!

Pakora Waffles

For quiet some time there was a crazy idea going on in my mind about a certain recipe but the problem was that I was hesitating to act on it. I am just the kind of person who sometimes needs that extra push or a kick in my rear end to act on things (LAUGHS!!!). Fortunately for me in this instance I got that kick pretty quickly from a show starring none other than my idol Gordon Ramsay. The end result was this lip-smackingly delectable “Pakora Waffles”. You hear that right people!!! I did say “PAKORA Waffles!!!!.

These days a waffle iron has become a very important tool in the kitchen. It is not just about making waffles these days because people have indeed found a lot of creative uses for this tiny piece of equipment. I for one have indeed enjoyed putting my waffle iron to make plenty of waffles. But doing the same thing over and over again kinda causes it to go stale after a while. After all the old cliche holds true that variety is indeed the spice of life.. ISN’T IT??

So it was definitely time for me to come up with a creative use for a waffle iron. After obsessing over it for a good two weeks I was still not sure that it would work. It was at this time that the legendary Gordon Ramsay and his show Masterchef came to my rescue. I didn’t get to see how one of the contestant made the waffle recipe but just the sight of a pakora waffle was enough to give me confidence that the recipe could ultimately be successful.

Pakora Waffles

In India a fritter or a pakora as it is locally called is usually made with a spicy besan/gram flour batter. I was initially skeptical of using this batter since it usually results in a thick coating which might ultimately lead to a doughy waffle. My fears indeed came out to be true when I made my first batch. The waffles were just thick and very DRRRYYYYY!!!!. However I did find that increasing the quantity of the vegetables in the batter did help cut through the doughiness of the waffle and a chutney on top added the needed moisture…

In addition the gram flour needs to be aggressively seasoned so that the waffles get to occupy a prime location in flavor town (CHUCKLES!!!). So I used a variety of spices including chili powder, turmeric, ginger, garlic and a little bit of cumin..

Also how can I forget baking soda which is what makes the waffles crunchy on the outside. Since I am making a veggie pakora batter I have to add the veggies.. DUHH!!!!! Be sure to add a whole bunch of them though!!!

Finally all that is left to go in is the water. I decided to make a thick batter so I ended up adding about a cup and a half of water. Since the batter was thick I took a ladle full of batter and laid it into the center and let the waffle iron do its job. After about 2-3 minutes you have crunchy, hot of the iron waffles ready to eat. Top them with a coriander chutney like I did to mellow things down a bit and dig in….

Pakora Waffles

 

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Pakora Waffles
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Who would have thought pakoras disguised as a waffle will taste so finger-lickingly good??? Well I for one did!!!!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Coarse gram flour (besan)
  • 1 cup Mixed frozen veggies
  • ½ Onion (sliced)
  • 1½ tsp Red chill powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 2½ tsp Baking Powder
  • Water as needed
  • Salt: to taste
Instructions
  1. To make the batter mix the gram flour with the red chilli powder, turmeric powder,ginger powder, garlic powder, cumin powder and salt. Add sufficient water and whip to a smooth and thick batter.
  2. Add the onions, mixed veggies and baking powder to it and Mix well. Set aside for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Spoon a ladle full of the mixture onto the center of the waffle iron and let it cook for about 3-5 minutes on a high setting till golden brown on the outside..
  4. Once cooked let the waffles sit for a couple of minutes top them with a chutney of your choice and then enjoy.

 

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