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Waffles and Cauliflower Pakoras

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Waffles and Cauliflower Pakoras
Makes 6-8 servings

Our friend and renowned chef, Akasha Richmond created a few delicious recipes for our 30th anniversary. Add some curry hints to your organic cauliflower with these pakoras and spiced syrup recipe. Serve atop a toasted Chia Plus Waffle to complete the meal. 


For the cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower, (at least one pound), cut into 36 or more 2-inch florets
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the pakoras:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons garbanzo flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 fresh Serrano chile pepper, minced with seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 quart oil for deep frying
  • Chat masala for garnish
  • One box Nature’s Path Chia Plus Waffles

For the spiced syrup

  • 1 ½ cups maple syrup
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 8 whole cardamom pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Cheesecloth and kitchen string



Make the syrup the day before:

  1. Add the spices to the cheesecloth.
  2. Gather it up, and tie with the kitchen twine.
  3. Add the maple syrup and spice packet to a saucepan.
  4. Heat over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the syrup with the spice packet into a container.
  6. Cover and chill overnight.
  7. Remove the spice packet.

To make the pakoras:

  1. Place the cauliflower in a bowl and toss with the salt, chile flakes and pepper.
  2. Set aside while you make the batter. Sift the garbanzo flour into a bowl.
  3. Add the cilantro, chile pepper, salt, coriander, garam masala and baking soda.
  4. Slowly whisk in the water to make a batter of pancake consistency.
  5. Add the cauliflower florets.
  6. Over medium high heat in a large, heavy saucepan, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  7. Coating well as you go, fry the cauliflower in small batches until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Drain on paper towels and let cool. Smash each fritter to flatten.
  9. Refry the fritters for 1 to 2 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp.
  10. The second fry is what makes the fritters very crispy.
  11. Sprinkle with chat masala before serving.

To serve: Cut each waffle into 4 pieces.

  1. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350° for 5 minutes.
  2. Warm the syrup before you pour it over the waffles.
  3. Place one fritter on each waffle and drizzle with syrup. Or serve the syrup on the side.