Crisp Waffles of Greatness

Its been about a million years since I started the blog and then didn’t do anything about it. Not that I didn’t intend to, just that I never ended up posting. Didn’t stop cooking ofcourse. (Or working or sleeping, or cursing the never-ending Mumbai monsoons, or buying a new camera! (yay!) or dreaming about starting my own restaurant..obviously, life doesn’t stop. )

I have been feeling guilty. The guilt festering away as always, eating away at my insides and me eating away to compensate for that. What a vicious cycle. But never mind,  atleast some of the pics will be up today and the recipes will follow I promise.

Coming back to today…today I made waffles for breakfast. To celebrate having some time off after some very hectic weeks at work. Now, waffles and me have had a tempestuous relationship so far. As a kid in India I grew up with this romantic image of waffles. Half fairy food, half Lockers wafer biscuits, in my mind they were crunchy on the outside and melting soft inside. They looked like they were out of a fairytale and went with my image of the plentiful fanciful west – full of Enid Blyton, jams jellies, doughnuts, chocolate houses, cream rolls, strawberries dunked in whipped cream…all things nice.  (I later discovered that jams and jellies were too sweet to be nice and the west was anything but a fairytale.) Incredible how the imagination is so much more powerful than reality. So while other kids were dreaming of growing up and owning Porches, I dreamed of growing up and owning a waffle maker.  I had never eaten waffles. But I was already in love with them. I knew them in my heart. And I knew my heart would recognize them and they would know me for the besotted devotee I was. We would be happy together forever. If only we could be together. Sigh!

When I visited Mumbai (around 9 years back) I hunted around for a waffle maker in Alfa (Parle) without success. Crest fallen, I decided I wouldn’t give up. 3 years later, back in Mumbai for good, I dragged my friend Sukhada around looking for the waffle maker of my dreams. No luck, not to mention not enough money. And then a few years back, (Sukhada had moved to the US alas!) I found the waffle maker my heart had been craving for.

SO I got home and whipped up a batch and had my first batch of waffles ever. I wish I could tell you it was everything I hoped for. That my reality was better than my dreams. That we lived happily ever after….Unfortunately, it all but broke my heart. The waffles were like waffle shaped pancakes. Tasty ..but where was the waffle of my dream? Loacker wafer crisp on the outside and melting inside. Crestfallen but putting on a brave face, I ploughed on with the waffles for breakfast anytime I had guests over.  How could a food bring me down like this? What was a waffle anyways? Just another pancake imposter. I had tiramisu and eclairs and lemon cake and baklava and chocolate chip cookies. Infact i had gajjar ka halva and rasmalai and kulfi. Who needed stupid waffles? So I closed my heart to waffles. I continued to make them for friends who came over. But I would never make them for myself. That was my revenge. I never forgot, I never forgave. I did try to verify before I condemned..I had waffles in several restaurants in the US and India but each time, it would taste the same. Tasty, spongy. a pancake imposter. I gave up.

Last weekend, Atul wanted to have waffles after a long time. And..well what is a wife if not a willing slave.  (Please don’t tell Atul I said so. Dont want him getting ideas).  Anyways, I decided to surprise him. Snuck out when he was sleeping. After months of hiding away my waffle maker, I decided to fish it out and try the recipe from Cake Bible. Disaster. This time it didn’t even taste like food. The waffles never managed to leave the iron. stuck to the iron, greasy, dripping butter and tasting like nothing. Finally I thought, this is the end of the road. Me and waffles. Over. Never again.

And then I saw a waffle recipe today at Annies Easts and thought…for Atuls sake..maybe I could give waffles another chance? And what can I say. I found what I had stopped looking for. What I had been dreaming of since I was a child. What my heart recognized even as my mind refused to believe. I am sorry waffles. I should have had faith. I should have known fate was testing us. I should have known that time would bring us face to face and I just needed to wait for you. I am sorry I gave up. I will never let go again. I promise…

So here I present them to you….These waffles were made in heaven and my childhood dreams. Crisp on the outside, tender melting like air inside. Served with chocolate sauce, they prove… dreams do come true.

Waffles of Insane Greatness

Serves: depends on the size/shape of your waffle iron

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Whisk together to blend.
  2. In another mixing bowl, beat together the whole milk, buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk just until incorporated and few lumps remain.  Set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat a waffle iron.  Fill waffle wells and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Cook until crisp and golden.  Serve immediately.



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  1. movies online says

    Cool site, I had not come across previously in my searches!
    Keep up the great work!

    • says


      Thanks for your appreciation and comments. Do try the recipes and let me know how it turns our. Visited your blog but didn’t get the language! Where are you blogging from?

    • says

      I will!
      I live in South Africa and the language is Afrikaans.
      If you are interested in reading the blog, Google Translate can translate from Afrikaans to others.Just some ramblings on some local recipies anyway. Enjoy your day!

  2. says

    Dirk :

    I will!
    I live in South Africa and the language is Afrikaans.
    If you are interested in reading the blog, Google Translate can translate from Afrikaans to others.Just some ramblings on some local recipies anyway. Enjoy your day!

    Dirk, That is so awesome. Will definitely check out your blog with the translator. I think one of the most amazing things about the internet is that it allows you to connect with people from across the world. And what could be more exciting than trying out local recipes from somewhere you would love to visit? The only thing that could be better is then coming over to actually taste it and know how far(or close) one was to the real thing. Will let you know how the recipe turns out.

    • says

      The translater is quite funny but you will get the drift of it. Things you might check out is the “braaibroodjies” it is a sandwitch being grilled on a grid on coals usually with other stuff being cooked in the same way. A braai is like a barbeque but uniquely South African as it is very much inbedded in our culture. We even have an unofficial “braai” day. The way that it is done is to make a fire and let it burn untill you have coals. Then on a braaigrid you cook whatever you want on there. The best is lamb chops. But you need to “kuier” (socialise) around the open fire. It is called “having a braai”. The same idea goes for a “potjie” tranlating into small pot. It is a cast iron pot used on an open fire. The chicken one on my blog is one of my favourites. (Pikek pot)Let me know if you want some clarifications on some of them, I will LOVE to chat about it. My blog might a little criptic if you have never done anything like it.
      Thanks for the interest, it is amazing how small the internet can make the world!

    • says

      Thank for the pointers Dirk. The BBQ maybe a bit of challenge since in Bombay we are at a bit of a loss for open areas. I live in an apartment and not sure how would manage a BBQ indoors! Having said that, BBQ has been on my mind for the last month or so. And I just visited Goa last weekend where I had the best BBQ ever. Am determined to find a way to rig up an approximate of a BBQ perhaps in my quasi balcony and will definitely try the braaibroodjies and Chicken pot as I try to crack the recipe I saw in Goa. Will update you on how it goes. Wish me luck :)

  3. says

    You do know that photo is deeelicious!I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won’t mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the waffles widget at the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Alisa, Thank you for the sweet words. You have made my day :) Have added your widget and added to my very rudimentary skills on wordpress.
      Do keep coming by.

    • says

      I bought mine from IRLA, in Parle. Its one of those toaster grill thingees with removable plates. So it has three sets of plates: 1. sandwich 2. grill, 3. waffles. Hope you find your. All the best!!

  4. Anne Mathias says

    Oh no. Oh no, no, no… I hate that I can touch the screen but not eat that waffle right now! *cries* I’m a horrible cook. And all I was trying to do was read up on a few food blogs and get a few pointers on how to rustle up stuff in the kitchen that would at least be halfway edible compared to the stuff I make now. And I had to come across this sinfully tempting absolutely delicious looking waffle recipe you have on your page here. Forgive a mere mortal for drooling like a puppy – needless to say, you now have a new addict to your food blog Reshmy.

    • says

      Hey Anne! Welcome to my food crazed world. The more, the merrier :) The blog does have some easy to do recipes too and by the way, I dont believe anybody can be a horrible cook. Its just about knowing the tricks. If you are in Mumbai, come by for one of the workshops and you will see what wonders YOU are capable of. I promise!

  5. monsoonfamily says

    I was going to say, you need to try thé Belgian waffle recipe!!! But apparently you found a good one!


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