Crispy, low-carb and vegan Kothimbir Vadi Waffles made with leftover cauliflower leaves, instead of coriander. We had cauliflower leaves leftover after we made our Tandoori Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos where we couldn't use the leaves.

This is our protein-packed savoury take on Indian waffles.

These savoury waffles served on a black plate, topped with chopped re


What is Kothimbir Vadi?

Kothimbir Vadi translates to Coriander Squares. It is a delicious savoury snack that hails from the western states of India, Maharashtra.

In the Marathi language (spoken in Maharashtra) 'Kothimbir' translates coriander and 'Vadi' means wedges, slices or cubes.

This delicious snack is prepared using very basic Indian staple ingredients like gram flour, fresh coriander leaves and spices and usually served as a snack with tea, coffee and chutneys.

First, the batter is steamed, then cut into small cubes and deep-fried to make outer layer crispy and delicious.

Kothimbir Vadi Waffles 

Since we tried Waffle Idli Delight, we always craved for savoury waffles with different flavours.

With the current climate, we wanted to get creative and wanted to use as much of the vegetable as possible. We have added cauliflower leaves to these vegan savoury waffles to reduce waste.

We are eliminating steaming and frying thus saving time. These require minimal oil as Kothimbir vadi are usually deep fried.

We wanted to pack in as many nutrients as possible so the flour used is gram flour or besan which is protein-packed.

You could also add carrot tops if you do manage to get hold of fresh vegetables

The batter is almost identical to what I use to make chilla.

These Indian healthy savoury waffles are superb for lunch. As they are waffle shaped they are a fun and ideal way to get children eating nutritious food.

What goes in Kothimbir Vadi Waffles 

● Gram flour also known as besan which adds tons of protein to this recipe.

● Cauliflower leaves OR Coriander leaves.

● Peanut powder adds a beautiful crunch and flavours. Grind peanuts in a coffee grinder.

● Semolina to add crispy texture to the waffles.

● Ginger-chilli-garlic paste to spices up the dish and flavours.

● Spices powders such as red chilli and turmeric powder.

● Kasoori methi, in a traditional recipe, doesn't require but in this waffles recipe, it brings that amazing taste as cauliflower leaves are tasteless.

● Ajwain known as carom seeds to help in digest and for great flavours.

● Mustard and cumin seeds for tempering.

● Oil, any oil will work fine but groundnut or peanut oil brings that extra flavours.

● Baking soda

How to make Kothimbir Vadi Waffles step by step pictures

To simplify there is cups and tablespoons measurements as well as a metric to this recipe.

1. In a big bowl mix gram flour, semolina, peanut powder, spices powders, salt, kasoori methi, ajwain and cauliflower/coriander leaves.

2. Add water gradually and prepare a batter with pancake pouring consistency.

3. Prepare the tempering by heating oil in a small pan, add both seeds and once they pop pour it on the ready batter.

4. Preheat a waffle maker according to manual.

5. Apply little oil using pastry brush on the waffle maker plates, make sure you apply the oil on the closing plate too.

6. Add baking soda in the batter and mix so well.

7. Pour some batter into hot and oiled plates, close and let the waffles cook.

8. It will take about 5-6 minutes waffles to cook all over and turn crispy outside.

9. Remove and serve hot.

Tips and Variations

You may add some fresh spinach or methi leaves along with coriander or cauliflower leaves.

If the batter gets too thin, add more gram flour and spices.

A waffle maker or alternatively use a toasted sandwich maker

Can I make these waffles in advance?

These waffles are best eaten fresh and cannot be made in advance as they will harden.

If you have waffles leftover or they go hard, then tear them up and add to Kadhi.

Top or serve these Indian waffles with:

These waffles are really tasty even if eaten on its own, but one can serve with homemade chilli sultana sauce, or raw mango, chilli and garlic dip.

We have topped the waffles with chopped red onion and fresh parsley

These Indian style crispy golden savoury waffles made using leftover cauliflower leaves and served in a black plate.

Try some of our other leftover recipes:

1. Leftover Khaman Dhokla Chaat prepared with leftover khaman dhokla.

2. Dal Methi Paratha made using leftover dal.

3. Loaded Cauliflower Mash Cheese Balls prepared using leftover cauliflower mash.

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Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Yield: 2-4 WAFFLES



This crispy and irresistible Kothimbir Vadi Waffles ( coriander waffles) made using cauliflower leaves instead of coriander and trust me you'll not miss coriander.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 15 M


  • 90 g gram flour/besan - 1 cup
  • 50g cauliflower or coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. semolina
  • 2 tbsp. ground peanut 
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • Oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard and cumin seeds
  • Pinch baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic-chilli paste
  • Pinch carom seeds-ajwain -optional
  • Pinch kasoori methi - optional 



  1. In a bowl combine leaves, gram flour, semolina, peanut powder, salt, red chilli and turmeric powder, kasoori methi, ajwain and chilli-ginger-garlic paste.
  2. Add water little by little and make a pancake consistency batter.
  3. Heat very little oil in a pan, add mustard and cumin seeds.
  4. Once they pop add tempering in a batter.
  5. Mix well and leave it 5 minutes.
  6. Add baking soda and whisk vigorously.  
  7. Heat a waffle machine according to its manual.
  8. With a pastry or basting brush apply little oil on both waffles plate.
  9. Pour the batter into the waffle plates.
  10. Let the waffles cook for at least 4-5 minutes or until nicely golden.
  11. Remove it from the waffle maker.
  12. Serve hot with chutney or sauce.
  13. Garnish the waffles with freshly chopped coriander and finely chopped onion.
  14. For a variation, you can use garlic and red chilli chutney or coconut chutney.
  15. Enjoy!


After adding baking soda, make waffles straight away.
For a gluten-free version leave semolina and for nut-free skip peanuts.
Don't have semolina? use oats powder instead.
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  1. Wow, what an innovative and creative way to make a fusion dish. LOVE all the ingredients that went into this waffle - will have to make it some time soon.

    1. Thanks Pavani. Let us know how your family like it.

  2. Kothimbir has passed through my hands but that's the routine, deep fried one. This is such an astonishing diversion towards waffles. Indeed a blast recipe.

    1. Thank you Payal, totally agree this is fun and healthy way to enjoy Kothimibir vadi.

  3. I have made kothimbir vadi numerous times and absolutely love it. Making waffles of it is totally a genius idea.

  4. Loved how you used the cauliflower leaves in this recipe, Jagruti! I agree about not wasting anything. I am a fan of kasuri methi too- love the flavor!

    1. Thank you Sandhya. Yes kasuri methi adds that unique flavour and aroma in any recipe.

  5. Awesome recipe, not only using up cauliflower leaves but giving vadi a new avatar. This is definitely a good recipes as kids and adults can enjoy vadi in the form of waffles.

    1. Thank you Mayuri for stopping by, also kids can involve in making this dish.

  6. Really unique and delicious recipe. This will be huge hit to kids and adults with green chutney and sweet chutney! Lovely pictures!

  7. Wow, What a creative twist to make a fusion dish. Though I love the use of cauliflower leaves, I so love of coriander!! This is such an awesome share 😋

  8. OMG, look at those waffles, very inviting and a unique recipe!!love the use of cauliflower leaves!!! Goreous gorgeous clicks as usual! A superb fusion dish!!!

  9. Oh my such a wonderful idea to make kothimbir vadi waffles. I have never tried savory waffles, gotta try them once.

  10. Presenting Kothimbir Wadi as Waffle is a genius way to make kids eat. The pictures are awesome.

  11. Awesome recipe Jagruti :)
    The kothimbir vaadi gets totally a new avatar here in the form of waffle. Use of cauliflower greens is a lovely idea and yes, all will love these !

  12. This is a wonderful and innovative one Jagruti. Nice twist to the usual waffles, they must be delicious.

  13. This is really interesting and creative idea, Jags. This looks so flavorful and easy to prepare. I often end up making this one. Gorgeous clicks!!


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