"Holi" Cardamom Waffles

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This recipe was created by Chef Priyanka.

Servings: 2
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45-50 minutes
There are many fun-filled and joyous festivals among the Indian culture, but Holi is probably one the most colorful ones! Holi literally translates to the Festival of Colors, signifies the triumph of good over evil and welcomes celebrates the arrival of spring! In honor of Holi during the last week of March, we’re celebrating with these colorful ‘Holi’ Cardamom Waffles packed with earthy cardamom, colorful fruits and a whole lot of beautiful edible flowers! Talk about tasting the rainbow!


1 cup Califia Mushroom Oat Barista Blend
¼ cup vegetable oil or coconut oil, plus more for coating the pan
¾ cup cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cane sugar
¼ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
¼ cup coconut oil, plus more for coating the waffle iron
1 cup of chopped fresh fruit – strawberries, blueberries, mango, kiwi are preferred
2 tablespoons of dried edible flowers for garnish

Saffron Syrup:
½ cup raw cane sugar
½ cup water
Pinch of saffron threads


Make the saffron syrup: in a small pot add the sugar and pour in the water. Set over medium heat to bring to a boil and reduce down to low to simmer. Once the sugar has dissolved after 4-5 minutes, add in the pinch of saffron threads, stir and continue to simmer for ten minutes until thickened to a consistency of maple syrup. Set aside to cool completely.

Make the Waffle Batter: In a large bowl, using a whisk, mix together the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, ground cardamom, coconut oil and Califia Mushroom Oat Barista Blend, until smooth and no visible lumps appear. Batter will be thick and a light-yellow color from the cornmeal.

Heat up a mini waffle iron. Once hot, brush on some coconut oil, and pour in about ½ cup worth of batter. Close and cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove and repeat until all the batter is cooked up, ensuring to brush on coconut oil in between each waffle.

Stack the waffles onto two serving dishes, top with fresh fruit, drizzle with cooled saffron syrup and garnish with edible flowers.