Waffle Wonders

Culinary Memories

Waffle Wonders
By Sheela Sheth, Food Expert 

My first encounter with a waffle maker was a bizarre success story trying out savoury recipes with an Indian flavour. The gadget works on the same principle as a manual sandwich-maker we used in the ’50s but with the iron grid making honeycomb patterns to accommodate the syrup, and the toppings making a delectable breakfast and a yummy dessert.

Chickpea Waffle
1 cup chickpea flour
2 tbsp semolina
2 tbsp yoghurt
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 carrot, finely grated (optional)
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp sugar (optional)
½  cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste


  • In a large bowl, sieve flour and semolina and whisk, adding yoghurt, water and salt to a smooth consistency
  • Add baking soda and the rest of the ingredients, mixing well
  • Preheat the waffle maker to medium heat
  • Grease  the plates with oil  pouring ½ cup of batter
  • Close and let it cook for five to seven minutes
  • Remove and serve with sauce or chutney of your choice

Green Peas Waffle
1 cup semolina
2 tbsp yoghurt
1 tbsp rice flour or chickpea flour
1 cup green peas
1 green chilli, finely cut
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp oil of your choice
1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
Salt to taste


  • Coarsely grind green peas in a blender
  • Combine all the above ingredients except the Eno fruit salt and mix into a smooth batter
  • Add baking soda just before making the waffles
  • Preheat the waffle iron and spread the batter on the greased tray
  • Let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes until it turns golden brown
  • Serve hot with mango chutney or ketchup

Cheesy Cornbread
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal (flour)
2 large eggs
½ cup butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup grated cheese
Honey or jam (optional)


  • Whisk all the above ingredients except honey and cheese into a smooth batter
  • Preheat waffle iron
  • Smear oil on the tray and spread a spoonful of batter into the waffle iron
  • Cook until golden brown and keep warm in the oven repeating with the rest of the batter
  • Sprinkle grated cheese when warm
  • Sprinkle honey or jam and fruit of your choice

You can contact Sheela Sheth at reply2sheela@yahoo.com 

Sheela’s kitchen confidentials

  • Waffles freeze well and you can toast them to get back their freshness
  • Yoghurt makes a perfect complement for waffle batter, replacing milk sometimes
  • I like my waffle loaded with either fruits or vegetables, creating a perfect meal