Buckwheat is not a derivative of wheat, in fact it does not belong to wheat family at all. Buckwheat seeds are eaten as groats or flour; hence it is referred to as a pseudo cereal too. Buckwheat is high in essential nutrients. It is rich in many trace minerals, including manganese, magnesium and copper. It is also a good source of the B vitamins: B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate, thiamin and choline. You can read more about buckwheat from here and here. It is also known as ‘kuttu’ locally in Mumbai and used for Hindu fasting meals.
I try and incorporate such healthy ingredients in everyday cooking wherever possible. I am sure there are better and healthier ways to consume this powerhouse. But, till I find more ways to cook this grain I am happy with these waffles. My son too consumed these ‘chocolate waffles’ (for him anything brown is chocolate;) with complete admiration. Here I have topped these waffles with ready to use whipped cream (Result of my impulse grocery shopping). But you can top these waffles with fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup.
The photos were clicked on the dining table itself as Avvi refused to wait longer and hence are not up to mark. But on a good note, I feel so happy when Avvi devours something which I make. I am one satisfied mother.
3/4 cup Buckwheat flour
3/4 cup Maida or All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 cup Milk (use non-dairy milk for vegan waffles)
3/4 cup Water
2 tsp Apple cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
Take milk in a bowl, add vinegar and set it aside to curdle.
Meanwhile mix buckwheat flour, maida, baking powder, salt and sugar.
To the curdled milk add water and oil and vanilla extract and mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet and make a lump free batter. Adjust water to get pouring consistency if required.
Let the batter rest for 8 to 10 mins.
Meanwhile preheat the waffle iron. Brush the plates with butter and pour a ladle of batter at a time so as to cover the plate.
Cook the waffles according to manufacturer’s directions. Mine were done in about 4 minutes. Enjoy with your favourite topping. Here I have used whipped cream and chocolate syrup, but can use fresh fruits, honey or maple syrup.