Pakora Waffles! Chickpea Flour Waffles are a fun savory vegan breakfast treat or snack! Veggie Pakora fritters are a staple at most Indian restaurants and now you can have them for breakfast – unfried! Gluten-free too!
So it was definitely time for me to come up with another creative savory use for a waffle iron. Enter Pakora Waffles.
What are Pakoras?
Pakora is a spiced fritter originating from the Indian subcontinent, often sold by street vendors and consisting of vegetables such as potatoes and onions, coated in spiced gram flour and then deep-fried.
These waffles are a fun play on the popular Indian snack. Light crispy waffles made with chickpea flour with plenty of veggie goodness and spices in them!
They are Glutenfree, soyfree, Nutfree and high protein. Great for snacking or breakfast.
Is gram flour the same as chickpea flour?
Besan (gram flour) and Chickpea flour are not the same! Besan or gram flour is a flour of chana dal or split brown chickpeas. Chickpea flour or garbanzo flour is ground up white chickpeas. Similar flavors, but not the same flour. Besan is Brown Chickpea flour, is finer and milder flavor. Garbanzo bean flour (white Chickpea flour) is coarse, dryer, more bitter flavored and needs more moisture. Read this blog post for differences and where to use which flour.
MORE CHICKPEA FLOUR RECIPES
- Chickpea flour tofu – firmer and sturdier with chickpea flour
- Omelet with Chickpea flour
- Chickpea flour frittata – no soy
- Socca is better with chickpea flour.
- My Gluten-free Naan is better with chickpea flour
- Breakfast Scramble with Chickpea Flour
- Gluten-free flatbread
- Cheese slices! no nuts.
MORE SAVORY VEGGIE SNACKS
- Zucchini Carrot Chickpea Fritters
- Baked Broccoli Pakora
- Apple Fritters
- Veggies in spiced chickpea flour sauce. – Sindhi Kadhi
- Baked Dal Samosa.
Pakora Waffles - Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles
- ½ cup finely chopped cauliflower or use more onion or other seasonal veggie. Grate the veggie if they are not quick cooking eg sweet potato, root veg etc)
- ½ cup chopped bell pepper
- ¾ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 hot green chili finely chopped
- ½ inch of fresh ginger minced
- ¼ cup Or more cilantro chopped
- ⅛ tsp carom(ajwain) seeds or cumin seeds
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cayenne or red Indian chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp rice flour or use fine semolina flour
- 1 cup chickpea flour or use 1 cup +2 tbsp besan
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup water
- oil as needed
- Chop all of your vegetables and add them to a bowl. Or use a food processor to make a coarsely chopped mixture
- Add the rice flour, chickpea flour, salt, spices, cilantro, baking soda and mix everything well.
- Add in 1 cup of water to the mixture, stir well until combined. Add more water if needed - I need just about 1Tbsp more water when I make this, it really just depends on the amount of moisture leaking from your vegetables as well as the chickpea flour you use.
- Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes before starting to make your waffles.
- Oil and preheat your waffle maker - I usually drizzle some oil onto my waffle iron since I like my waffles to get nice and crispy and brown.
- Pour and spread the thick batter on your waffle maker, spread evenly with a spatula. keep the batter amount to a medium thick layer for crispy waffles. Too thick will take long to cook and soften faster
- Drizzle a few drops of oil on the top as well before closing the lid.
- Cook until golden brown and crisp, to preference. (These waffles take a while to crisp up so account for all the inactive time when planning. Also keep them thin else the batter gets bready)
- The waffle maker timer for mine is pretty short, you may have to experiment to see what’s best for yours. Just make sure you cook it to a golden crisp brown to ensure the vegetables are fully cooked and the waffles get crispy.
- Remove the waffle from the waffle maker, repeat for all of the batter.
- For eggy waffles, omit the whole spices(cumin) and add in 1 tbsp nutritional yeast and 1/4 tsp Indian sulphur salt (kala namak)
- These waffles are freezer friendly. Freeze and reheat in toaster or oven
- Use any veggies of choice. Or use just onion and peppers for an onion pakora waffle!
- Make the batter ahead and refrigerate in a closed container. Check consistency before using as veggies might have leaked some moisture and add a tsp or more chickpea flour if needed. Use to make waffles or pancakes! Batter keeps for upto 3 days
- Pancakes: This batter also makes great pancakes. The thick batter will make thick pancakes that you can use as patties in a sandwich. Thin out the batter with more water and make thinner crispy pancakes and serve with chutney or ketchup
Ingredients for Chickpea Flour Waffles:
- Chickpea flour is the base of our waffle batter. It’s the flour of white chickpeas and is labeled as chickpea flour or garbanzo flour. You can also use besan, you will need a few tbsp more flour
- Rice flour makes these extra fluffy, light and crispy on the outside. If you can’t find rice flour in your local supermarket, try a shop where they sell Indian or Asian food. They’ll probably have it.
- Veggies: your typical veggie pakora add-ins like cauliflower, bell pepper, onion, green chili, fresh ginger, and cilantro.
- Spices: cumin seeds, turmeric, cayenne or red Indian chili powder, and obviously salt
Tips & Substitutions:
- Like other types of flour, chickpea flour and besan should be stored in a sealed container in a cool place. It stays fresh for up to 6 months, and longer if refrigerated.
- I usually drizzle some oil onto my waffle iron since I like my waffles to get nice and crispy and brown just like pakora fritters
- These waffles are served best when they are warm and crispy, they will soften a bit as they cool off after about 30 mins or so.
How to make Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles:
Chop all of your vegetables and add them to a bowl. Add the rice flour, chickpea flour, salt, spices, cilantro, baking soda and mix everything well.
Add in 1 cup of water to the mixture, stir well until combined and more water if needed. I need just about 1Tbsp more water when I make this, it really just depends on the amount of moisture leaking from your vegetables as well as the chickpea flour you use.
Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes before starting to make your waffles.
Oil and preheat your waffle maker. Pour and spread the thick batter on your waffle maker, spread evenly with a spatula.
Drizzle a few drops of oil on the top as well before closing the lid. Cook until golden brown and crisp, to preference.
Tip: The waffle maker timer for my iron is pretty short, you may have to experiment to see what’s best for yours. Just make sure you cook it to a golden crisp brown to ensure the vegetables are fully cooked and the waffles get crispy.
Remove the waffle from the waffle maker, repeat for all of the batter.
CAN I MAKE CHICKPEA FLOUR AT HOME?
Yes! If you have a high-speed blender, blend dry chickpeas until a preferred fine consistency. Blend chana dal to make besan. It might not be as fine as store-bought.