Ragi and Whole Wheat Waffles
Every once in a while, I whip up some waffles on a Sunday. And every once in a while, I almost run out of flour. That’s how this ragi and whole wheat waffles came out being. Not because I was on a healthy food trip (it’s about time I’m on one, actually). From my older breakfast recipes like oatmeal waffles and oatmeal pancakes, I was pleasantly surprised that not everything needed plain white flour to taste good. But ragi, I was never quite sure of. That’s why I used a 1/4 cup of each – ragi, plain flour, whole wheat flour and oat flour (grind instant oats to a powder).
The result is a fluffy waffle filled with the goodness of multiple grains. Ragi does give a more ‘earthy’ taste to it but it works with the other flours. If it were only ragi, I wouldn’t touch it with a stick. Only ragi rotti and dosae can enter my system. But it’s really good for you, so like mothers sneak in veggies in their kids’ lunch boxes doused in ketchup or jam, I’m sneaking ragi in waffles. Mindful indulgence, is what I’d like to call it.
Ragi, whole wheat flour, plain white flour, oat flour – 1/4 cup each
Milk of any kind – 1/2 cup
Egg – 1 (separated)
Melted butter or oil – 2 tbsp
Honey – 2 tsp
Vanilla – 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
Baking powder – 1.5 tsp
Salt – a pinch
Mix together the flours, cinnamon powder, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, mix together the egg yolk, milk, butter and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix well. It’ll be a little too thick but it’ll be alright once you add the egg white.
Whip the egg white in a clean dry bowl till it’s frothy.
Fold it into the batter gently being careful not to knock off the air whipped into it.
Heat your waffle maker and brush some butter in it.
Spoon the batter in and don’t overfill. Make sure the batter doesn’t run all the way to the corners.
Cook till the waffles are crisp on the outside. I usually keep them long after the waffle maker signals that it’s done.
Serve with fruits and fruit compote with honey. I cooked down some apples with brown sugar and cinnamon. Tastes amazing!