Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Gandana Waffle

Gandana waffles are simple and tasty savory waffles made with Afghani leeks. They can be served with yellow lentil stew and or yogurt. They make absolutely comforting brunch or dinner. With chive flavor, these waffles are great with soups too. 

There is farm near my home where they have these gandana and out of curiosity I asked them what it is. I go there often as they have fresh veggies from the farm and have some u-pick options too. They gave me a sample and said that it is used in making Afghani stuffed bolanis and dumplings. Ever since, we love this, and often buy it from the farm. The are thinner than regular leeks and can be used as a substitute for chives.

My recipe is inspired by Afghani aushak and mantu. Aushak is steamed gandana filled dumplings served with garlicky yogurt and meat sauce. Mantu is meat dumplings served with yogurt sauce. Since we like the chive flavored gandana, we often include that in our parathas and dosa. I made pancakes and waffles with them and they were delicious. Instead of using all-purpose flour and making dumplings, I started to use them in whole wheat based meal options.  Instead of stuffing making the laborious dumplings, just add them in the batter and make these easy and quick waffles/pancakes. For a crisp one make it in setting 4 or 5 in your waffle. They taste amazing and satisfying. Serve them with yellow split lentil stew (vegetarian option instead of meat) and yogurt to make a perfect meal. Plus this is made with whole wheat and hence more nutritious. This a vegan waffle and serve with lentil stew and skip yogurt or use plant based yogurt for a vegan meal. They are great with coconut chutney too!

Did you know that August 24 is National Waffle Day! Dust off that waffle maker, Audrey from That Recipe is hosting a Waffle-Fest for National Waffle Day. We've got sweet waffles savory waffles, breakfast waffles, waffle sandwiches and dessert waffles. So many delicious ways to enjoy! Thanks, Audrey!

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Makes 3 waffles

Whole wheat flour- 1 cup
Aquafaba - 4 tbsp
Water -  1 cup plus 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Gandana - 3/4 cup, chopped
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp


Add everything and make waffle batter.

Preheat the waffle iron and make waffles. I use in setting 4.

Serve hot with lentil stew/ yogurt.


  1. I don't think we have gandana here but I have tons of chives in my garden that I can substitute.

  2. I love the sound of this savory waffle. I know I would love it.

  3. I love your savory take on the waffles. I am not familiar with a couple of your ingredients, but your waffles sound incredible and look beautiful!

    1. Thanks Teri. You can find gandana in Afghan markets. Or substitute with chives and you'll love it.

  4. I love this non-traditional waffle flavor!

  5. Gandana is a new vegetable to me, but I am going to seek them out. In the meantime I might use a combination of the leeks and chives I have on hand.

    1. Sure, try it with chives. You can find gandana in Afghan markets.

  6. What a wonderful savory waffle! I love leeks and chives so these sound fantastic!

  7. Wow these sound good! I love savory waffles for lunch!