February 25, 2021

Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles – Pakora Waffles

Pakora Waffles! Chickpea Flour Waffles are a fun savory vegan breakfast treat or snack! Pakora’s are a staple at most Indian restaurants and now you can have them for breakfast – unfried! Gluten-free too!

overhead shot of a plate of crispy pakora chickpea flour waffles topped with fresh onions and herbs

overhead shot of a plate of crispy pakora chickpea flour waffles topped with fresh onions and herbs

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.

stacked vegan chickpea flour waffles against a black background

stacked vegan chickpea flour waffles against a black background

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!

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.

ingredients needed for making chickpea flour waffles

ingredients needed for making chickpea flour waffles

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Pakora Waffles – Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles

Pakora Chickpea Flour Waffles are a fun savory vegan breakfast treat or snack! Pakora’s are a staple at most Indian restaurants and now you can have them for breakfast – unfried! Gluten-free too! Soyfree Nutfree. Makes 8-9 mini waffles or 4-5 regular size

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American, Indian

Keyword: chickpea flour waffles, vegan savory waffles

Servings: 3

Calories: 208kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • ½ cup finely chopped cauliflower
  • 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
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Serve with ketchup, salsa, chutney or other dressings of choice.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Pakora Waffles – Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles

Amount Per Serving

Calories 208 Calories from Fat 27

% Daily Value*

Fat 3g5%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 523mg23%

Potassium 519mg15%

Carbohydrates 35g12%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 8g9%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 844IU17%

Vitamin C 45mg55%

Calcium 37mg4%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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
  • water

a stack of vegan savory chickpea flour waffles

a stack of vegan savory chickpea flour waffles

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:

ingredients for pakora waffles in a white bowl

ingredients for pakora waffles in a white bowl

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.

chickpea flour waffle batter being mixed in a white bowl

chickpea flour waffle batter being mixed in a white bowl

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.

pakora waffle batter resting in a bowl

pakora waffle batter resting in a bowl

Oil and preheat your waffle maker. Pour and spread the thick batter on your waffle maker, spread evenly with a spatula.

chickpea flour waffle baking in a waffle iron

chickpea flour waffle baking in a waffle iron

Drizzle a few drops of oil on the top as well before closing the lid. Cook until golden brown and crisp, to preference.

a crisp pakora waffle in a waffle maker

a crisp pakora waffle in a waffle maker

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.

overhead shot of a plate with crispy vegan chickpea flour waffles with vegetables

overhead shot of a plate with crispy vegan chickpea flour waffles with vegetables

Serve with ketchup, salsa, chutney or other dressings of choice.

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.

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