You might argue that we don’t really need a special day to remind us how awesome waffles are but it’s nice to celebrate things that add sweetness (pun intended) to our lives. And we can say thank you to one Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, who received the first US patent for ‘improvements made to the waffle iron’, on this date, 147 years ago. Pairing this delish dish with butter or maple syrup never gets old, but as food mavens begin experimenting with flavours – both sweet and savoury - and presentation, we’re presented with mouth-watering new options. So who better than pastry chef Pooja Dhingra to give us the lowdown on her favourite types of waffles. Pooja Dhingra
What: Tomato, basil and poached egg waffle
tomato basil and egg waffle One of her favourites, this savoury waffle can be had as a meal in itself. Woohoo #wafflesforlunch!  
What: The veggie waffle
veggie waffle Loaded with vegetables like bell peppers, radish, tomatoes and topped with satay mayo, sour cream, guacamole, roasted almonds and seeds, this savoury waffle comes fully-loaded.  
What: The not-so veggie waffle
Chicken waffle Forget those veggies, instead pile on some delish chicken or pulled pork (also available at Dhingra’s Le 15 Café in Mumbai).  
What: Raspberry cheesecake waffle
raspberry waffle It will hit your sweet spot. #nomnom  
What: Waffles with caramel sauce/apple sauce
Caramel sauce waffle Those with old fashioned tastes can top up their waffles with caramel or apple sauce, served with a dollop of whipped cream. Images via Le 15 Cafe,