Bhaffles (Bhaji Waffles)

I was looking for something to satisfy my savoury craving, and decided I wanted something filling, and similar to the little pudla that I sometimes make up to accompany a meal. I made a quick batch of gram flour waffles, adding in some caramelised, finely chopped onion for the sweetness of an onion bhaji, as well as a few spices which wouldn’t overpower the taste and would also work as a side dish with the dinner I was preparing for the evening meal.

Bhaffles (Bhaji Waffles)

Savoury gram (chickpea flour) waffles with onions and spices

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British, Indian
Keyword packed lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 waffle quarters


  • 1 large brown onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 250 g gram flour (chickpea flour)
  • 30 g durum wheat flour/semolina replace with 30g extra gram flour to make gluten free
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ¼ tsp dried crushed fenugreek leaves
  • 350 ml water
  • 10 ml flavourless oil


Prepare vegetables

  1. Fry onion in half (1 tsp) of the oil until starting to soften and turn translucent. Add a splash of water to the onion, stir, and place a lid on the pan to simmer on low and continue to soften and brown the onions.

  2. Once the onions are fully cooked and the water evaporated, add the garlic and cook for a further minute, stirring continuously. Remove from heat.

Prepare batter

  1. Add all of the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to distribute spices.

  2. Add 300ml of the water until a medium batter is achieved. If required, add the rest of the water until you have the desired consistency.

  3. Add the onions and garlic and stir to distribute

Make Bhaffles

  1. Use a pastry brush to coat the plates of the waffle maker with some of the remaining oil. Ladle in the required amount of batter and cook until starting to turn golden brown.

  2. Eat immediately, or seperate and cool to freeze. Reheat in an oven or a toaster.

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