THE WAFFLE WONDER TREAT | Amazing to Prepare Awesome to Enjoy….

    By: Dr. Kaviraj Khialani- Celebrity Master Chef.

    Waffle is a dish made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape, and surface impression. 1869 – Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, a Dutch-American, receives a patent for the first waffle iron in the U.S., on August 24th.There are many variations based on the type of waffle iron and recipe used.

    Waffle-making made its way to America with Dutch colonists in the 1620s. It was one hundred years later, in Robert Smith’s Court Cookery, that the English language saw the appearance of the word “waffle” for the first time. Waffles were enjoyed sweet, with butter, syrup, or fruit, or savoury, with kidney stew.

    Pancakes and waffles are bread, the type known as ‘quick breads’ – bread leavened with baking soda or baking powder. Waffles are almost identical to pancakes, only having a little fatter in the batter, and cooked on a grid shaped pan (waffle maker). A soft, bread-like cake with a surface of uniform indentations similar to a honeycomb.

    Waffles are made with a pourable batter that usually consists of flour, milk, oil, sugar, eggs, salt, and baking powder. In many places, waffles are served and eaten with a knife and fork. Pierce the corner of the waffle with your fork, and use the knife to cut off a small, bite- sized piece. Use the fork to pick up the piece and bring it to your mouth.

    Wait until you chew and swallow before cutting another small piece. Serve them hot, warm, or chilled, depending on your toppings. Cooked waffles can be frozen and heated up in the toaster. Unused batter mixture can be kept in a container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, though we always recommend to make them fresh and enjoy them without much wait and delay! Here are a few Simple- Easy to make Waffle Recipes with variety of savoury options to choose from.

    Recipe-1] CRISPY CHICKEN WAFFLES

    Ingredients: For the waffle batter:

    • Refined flour / maida-2 cups
    • Melted butter- 2-3 tbsp.
    • Salt-1 pinch
    • Eggs- 2 no
    • Milk-1/2 cup
    • Water-1/4 cup
    • Sugar-1/4 tsp
    • Baking powder-1/4 tsp

    For the waffle filling: Boneless chicken breasts- 250 gms, thinly sliced

    For the marination:

    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Oil-2 tsp
    • Mustard paste-1/2 tsp
    • Mixed herbs-1/4 tsp
    • Lime juice-2 tsp
    • Apply on the chicken and keep aside for 20 mins
    • To coat and deep fry:
    • Maida- 1 cup
    • Eggs-2 no
    • Bread crumbs- 1 cup
    • Oil to fry

    To assemble the waffle:

    • Butter-2-3 tsp
    • Cream cheese- 2-3 tsp
    • Parsley-2-3 tsp chopped
    • Peanut butter-1-2 tsp
    • Lettuce leaves- 1 cup
    • Tomato ketchup-2-3 tsp
    • Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions
    • Mayonnaise-1/2 cup
    • Chili sauce-2-3 tsp

    Method:

    1. Prepare all the ingredients for the waffle recipe as listed.
    2. Start with the waffle batter first, mix all the ingredients well and using a hand blender prepare a batter of a light coating texture and allow to rest for 20 mins.
    3. Proceed with the marinated chicken pieces, coat them with dry maida, then beaten eggs and finally with bread crumbs and deep fry in medium hot oil until golden color, remove and drain excess oil.
    4. Continue with the waffle maker, pour in the batter into the waffle maker as per prescriptions, allow to set and cook to a nice golden brown color.
    5. Remove the waffle once cooked, and start the assembling of the waffle sandwich starting with butter, cream cheese, sliced veggies, some lettuce leaves, fried chicken pieces, and cover it, serve with assorted dips/ sauces.

    Recipe-2] CHEESY BAKED WAFFLES

    Ingredients: For the waffle batter:

    • Refined flour / maida-2 cups
    • Melted butter- 2-3 tbsp.
    • Salt-1 pinch
    • Eggs- 2 no
    • Milk-1/2 cup
    • Sugar-1/4 tsp
    • Baking powder-1/4 tsp

    For the waffle topping:

    • Butter-2-3 tsp
    • Oil-1 tsp
    • Garlic- 1 tsp chopped
    • Onions-1 small chopped
    • Capsicum-1/2 chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp
    • Chili flakes-1/2 tsp
    • Green olives- 3-4 no
    • Black olives- 3-4 no
    • Shredded roast/ grilled chicken- ½ cup
    • Tomato ketchup-2-3 tbsp.
    • Red chili sauce-1-2 tsp
    • Grated cheese-1 cup

    Method:

    1. Prepare all the ingredients for the waffle recipe as listed.
    1. Prepare all the ingredients for the waffle recipe as listed.
    2. Start with the waffle batter first, mix all the ingredients well and using a hand blender prepare a batter of a light coating texture and allow to rest for 20 mins.
    3. Proceed with the topping for the waffle heat up oil and butter in a pan, saute the garlic, onions, capsicums add any other ingredients/ veggies as well like mushrooms, corn, broccoli etc add in the seasonings, herbs, chili flakes and cook for 2-3 mins and keep aside.
    4. Continue with the waffle maker, pour in the batter into the waffle maker as per prescriptions, allow to set and cook to a nice golden brown color.
    5. Remove the waffle once cooked, and start the assembling of the waffle by placing the prepared toppings on it after applying sauce, placing the roast/grilled sliced chicken pieces, top with cheese, olives and bake in a pre- heated oven for 6-9 mins, remove serve with assorted dips/ sauces.

    Recipe-3] HEALTHY WAFFLE BITES

    Ingredients: For the waffle batter:

    • Refined flour / maida-2 cups
    • Melted butter- 2-3 tbsp.
    • Salt-1 pinch
    • Eggs- 2 no
    • Milk-1/2 cup
    • Water-1/4 cup
    • Sugar-1/4 tsp
    • Baking powder-1/4 tsp
    • For the waffle toppings:
    • Oil- 2 tsp
    • Butter-1 tsp
    • Green chilies-1 tsp chopped
    • Garlic-1 tsp chopped
    • Onion-1 small chopped
    • Chicken liver- 250 gms, cleaned cut into 4 pieces each- boiled.
    • For veg options – use paneer cubes/ tofu/ zucchini/ mushrooms etc
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp
    • Chili flakes-1/2 tsp
    • Tomato ketchup-2-3 tsp
    • Red chili sauce-1-2 tsp
    • Water-1/2 cup
    • Soy sauce-1 tsp
    • Peanut butter-1-2 tsp
    • Coriander leaves-2-3 tsp chopped
    • Spring onion greens-2-3 tsp chopped
    • Lime juice-1-2 tsp
    • Poached eggs-2-3 no
    • Cheese slices-2-3 no

    Method:

    1. Prepare all the ingredients for the waffle recipe as listed.
    2. Start with the waffle batter first, mix all the ingredients well and using a hand blender prepare a batter of a light coating texture and allow to rest for 20 mins.
    3. Proceed with the topping for the waffle heat up oil and butter in a pan, saute the garlic, onions, chicken liver pieces add any other ingredients/ or as per the list of veggie options as well like mushrooms, corn, broccoli etc add in the seasonings, herbs, chili flakes, sauces and peanut butter etc and cook for 2- 3 mins and keep aside.
    4. Continue with the waffle maker, pour in the batter into the waffle maker as per prescriptions, allow to set and cook to a nice golden brown color.
    5. Remove the waffle once cooked, and start the assembling of the waffle by placing the prepared toppings on a base of cheese slice on it and getting it ready for final presentation, place the poached egg at the end on top, garnish with the greens and serve with assorted dips/ sauces.

    Recipe-4] BREAKFAST WAFFLE CHOICE

    Ingredients: For the waffle batter:

    • Refined flour / maida-2 cups
    • Melted butter- 2-3 tbsp.
    • Salt-1 pinch
    • Eggs- 2 no
    • Milk-1/2 cup
    • Water-1/4 cup
    • Sugar-1/4 tsp
    • Baking powder-1/4 tsp

    For the waffle toppings:

    • Oil- 2 tsp
    • Butter-1 tsp
    • Shallots- 5- 8 no peeled and cut 1 x 2
    • Boiled eggs- 2-3 sliced
    • Ham/ salami slices- 2-3 no
    • Cheese slices-2-3 no
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp
    • Chili flakes-1/2 tsp
    • Tomato ketchup-2-3 tsp
    • Mustard paste-1 tsp
    • Mayonnaise/ cream cheese- 2-3 tsp
    • For the veg options:
    • Grilled tofu slices- 2-3 no
    • Tomato –cucumber slices 3-4 no
    • Peanut butter-2-3 tsp
    • Grilled pineapple slices- 2-3 no
    • Stewed peaches/ pears-2-3 no
    • Assorted nuts- 2-3 tsp

    Method:

    1. Prepare all the ingredients for the waffle recipe as listed.
    2. Start with the waffle batter first, mix all the ingredients well and using a hand blender prepare a batter of a light coating texture and allow to rest for 20 mins.
    3. Proceed with the topping for the waffle heat up oil and butter in a pan, saute the shallots for a couple of mins, add in the pieces of ham/
      salami/sausages etc and add a little seasoning, herbs, chili flakes and saute for a minute and remove. Keep aside.
    4. Continue with the waffle maker, pour in the batter into the waffle maker as per prescriptions, allow to set and cook to a nice golden brown color.
    5. Remove the waffle once cooked, and start the assembling of the waffle by placing the prepared toppings on a base of cheese slice on it and getting it ready for final plating, top it up with all the ingredient options as listed, drizzle a little of the sauces as per choice, place them under a hot salamander or in a hot oven for a couple of minutes, garnish with the greens and serve with assorted dips/ sauces.

    Recipe-5] WAFFLE AND SALAD DUET

    Ingredients: For the waffle batter:

    • Refined flour / maida-2 cups
    • Melted butter- 2-3 tbsp.
    • Salt-1 pinch
    • Eggs- 2 no
    • Milk-1/2 cup
    • Water-1/4 cup
    • Sugar-1/4 tsp
    • Baking powder-1/4 tsp
    • For the waffle toppings:
    • For the nutty cheesy crumble:
    • Butter- 2-3 tsp
    • Roasted crushed peanuts-1/4 cup
    • Grated cheese/ cheese powder- ¼ cup
    • Crushed pepper-1/2 tsp
    • Bread crumbs-1/4 cup
    • Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp
    • For the tossed green salad:
    • Assorted lettuce leaves-1 cup
    • Olive oil- 2-3 tsp
    • Cherry tomatoes-3-4 no cut 1 x 2
    • Cucumber slices- ½ cup
    • Shallots- 3-4 sliced
    • Feta cheese-1/2 cup
    • Mixed herbs-1-2 tsp
    • Sliced nuts- 2-3 tsp
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Mustard paste-1 tsp
    • Lime juice- 2-3 tsp
    • Olives- 4-5 no black/ green
    • Mint/ parsley/coriander/basil- ¼ cup

    Method:

    1. Prepare all the ingredients for the waffle recipe as listed.
    2. Start with the waffle batter first, mix all the ingredients well and using a hand blender prepare a batter of a light coating texture and allow to rest for 20 mins.
    3. Proceed with the topping for the waffle heat up oil and butter in a pan, saute the ingredients as listed for a couple of mins, etc and add a little seasoning, herbs, chili flakes and saute for a minute and remove. Keep aside.
    4. To prepare the tossed green salad, in a mixing bowl combine together the ingredients for the dressing and add in the ingredients toss them well and assemble on the serving plate.
    5. Assemble the cooked waffle on the serving plate with the green tossed salad and top it with the prepared crumble mixture and garnish with fresh herbs and serve it.

    Recipe- 6] HERB & SPICE WAFFLE COMBO

    Homemade Savory Waffles with Bacon and Cheese

    Ingredients: For the waffle batter:

    • Refined flour / maida-2 cups
    • Melted butter- 2-3 tbsp.
    • Salt-1 pinch
    • Eggs- 1 no
    • Milk-1/4 cup
    • Water-1/4 cup
    • Pesto sauce-2-3 tbsp.
    • Assorted fresh green herbs-1/4 cup fine chopped
    • Chili flakes-1/2 tsp
    • Sugar-1/4 tsp
    • Baking powder-1/4 tsp
    • For the waffle toppings:
    • Oil- 2 tsp
    • Butter-1 tsp
    • Onions- ½ cup sliced
    • Garlic-1 tsp chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Hung curd-1 cup
    • Cream cheese-2 tsp
    • Mixed herbs-1/4 tsp
    • Chili flakes-1/4 tsp
    • Chaat masala-1/4 tsp
    • Spring onion greens- 2-3 tbsp. chopped
    • Honey-2-3 tsp
    • Chili sauce/ peanut butter/ as needed to serve alongside.

    Method:

    1. Prepare all the ingredients for the waffle recipe as listed.
    2. Start with the waffle batter first, mix all the ingredients well and using a hand blender prepare a batter of a light coating texture and allow to rest for 20 mins.
    3. Proceed with the topping for the waffle heat up oil and butter in a pan, saute the ingredients as listed for a couple of mins, etc and add a little seasoning, herbs, chili flakes and saute for a minute and remove. Keep aside.
    4. To prepare the waffles for presentation assemble the cooked waffle on a serving plate and top it up with the saute mix of ingredients and then spoon over the mixture of cream cheese and hung curd mix and garnish with assorted fresh greens. Serve immediately with choice of dips and sauces/ salads etc.

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