Welsh Rarebit – Veggie Style

April 27, 2018mayurisjikoni





DAY 23

“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like Prince and Dine like a Pauper”

When I was doing my research for W, waffles kept on popping in my head. I love waffles but surprisingly I still don’t own a waffle machine. A note to self “next buy a waffle machine”. I do come across various gadgets being sold on the local online sites but have been a bit skeptical to purchase anything online in Kenya. Whenever I’m in India I just love shopping online, Amazon and Big Basket mainly. When we were setting up our Bangalore home, most of the light fittings and furniture was bought online by my daughter. Most of her wedding shopping was online.

As I had mentioned last week my blender conked out, the bottom bit came off from the jug because of rust (thanks to salty water in the taps). I wanted to go to check  out food processors at some of the shops to buy it. Majority of the appliances we get here are China made, so no guarantee that it will last a few years. Hubby insisted that I check out the local online shopping site Jumia. Looking at the stuff they offer, I ordered 3 items. The cheapest, a hand pump for the water bottle arrived without any problem. So was happy that the rest will follow. The delivery was suppose to be within 3 days but got delayed. The second item, my blender arrived 2 days late, but I thought oh well at least it has arrived. I opened the box (me like a kid opening a present), and the food processor refused to work! Hubby plugged it in all the sockets around our apartment but no miracles happened. Now to save our life, we can’t get the styrofoam which should fit snuggly on top to fit at all. Did the styrofoam somehow breathe in some air? And the third order was canceled as it’s out of order. So I questioned “then why do you still have it on your site?” The answer ” Just to let people know what possible things we sell on Jumia”. Now what do I say? I was left speechless. Don’t think I’ll risk buying a waffle machine online!

So hunt for a working blender is still on. In the meantime lets tackle Day 23 breakfast which is Welsh rarebit or rabbit.  As the name indicates its from WALES. What is a rarebit? Well it has nothing to do with a rabbit. Just like there is no toad in a hole in toad in the hole or a Bombay duck is not a duck.  Its basically a toasted bread with melted cheese on top. Some season it with mustard and other spices, some mix the cheese into a béchamel sauce with some Worcestershire sauce or ale added to it. This toast is then served with some eggs, either fried or an omelette.

The origin of this dish is unknown but there are suggestions that it originated from the South Wales Valleys staple which is cheese mixed in a milk and egg mixture,seasoned and baked till the sauce firms up and the cheese melts.

My Welsh rarebit is a vegetarian version as I chose not to serve it with egg and I didn’t use any Worcestershire sauce as it contains anchovies. I made a version of the sauce at home without the anchovies.







Ingredients for the Welsh Rarebit:

6 thick slices of any rustic bread

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1½ tbsp butter

1 tbsp plain flour (all purpose flour)

½ cup milk or beer

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

1 big green apple, thinly sliced

¼ tsp pepper powder

½ tsp chilli flakes

Ingredients for the Veggie Worcestershire sauce:

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

½ tbsp light brown sugar

¼ tsp yellow mustard powder

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 tbsp soy sauce

¼ tsp ginger paste

¼ tsp onion powder

a generous pinch of cinnamon powder

To serve:

Any green salad leaves or chopped spring onion or fresh coriander

Salt if required

Preparation of the Worcestershire sauce:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a small pan.
  2. Bring it to boil over medium heat.
  3. Reduce the heat and let it simmer till its reduced to half the quantity.
  4. Remember to stir gently in between.
  5. Strain the sauce using a sieve.
  6. Let it cool before using.

Preparation of Welsh Rarebit:

  1. Lightly toast the bread slices under the broiler (grill) or in a toaster.
  2. Slice the apple thinly.
  3. Prepare the sauce. Heat butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  4. When it melts, add the flour and stir till it becomes a very pale pink colour.
  5. Take the pan off the heat. Add milk or beer, stirring it continuously as you pour the liquid.
  6. Add ¼ of the cheese and 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce into the mixture and mix.
  7. Heat the sauce in the pan over low heat, stirring it continuously in one direction only so that the sauce does not become stringy.
  8. As the sauce becomes a bit hot, add the remaining cheese. Stir continuously till the sauce becomes thick.
  9. Add pepper and mix.
  10. Layer the toasted slices of bread on a baking tray.
  11. Arrange the sliced apple pieces on the bread slices.
  12. Top with the cheese sauce.
  13. Sprinkle chilli flakes on top.
  14. Place the tray under the hot broiler or grill.
  15. Let it bake till brown spots appear on the sauce.
  16. Remove the tray from the under the grill or broiler.
  17. Arrange Welsh Rarebit on a serving plate.
  18. Top it up with salad greens, spring onion or coriander and serve.


  • Use the remaining Worcestershire  sauce for other dishes.
  • Serve fried egg or omelette, ham or bacon or grilled tomatoes, mushrooms on the Welsh rarebit.
  • Welsh Rarebit can be made without the apple slices.
  • I have not mentioned the amount of salt required as the required amount comes from the Worcestershire sauce and the cheddar cheese. You can add some if needed, to the sauce.

A – Z Breakfast Dishes:

A – Apple Aeblskiver – Denmark

B – Baghrir – Morocco

C – Changua – Colombia

D – Dutch baby Pancakes – Germany /USA

E – English Breakfast – England

F – French Toast – Canada

G – Griddle/Girdle Scones – Scotland

H – Hafragrautur – Iceland

I – Idiyappam – India

J – Johnnycakes – The Caribbean

K – Khabees – Bahrain

L – Lahooh/Lahoh – Somalia

M – Masoub – Yemen

N – Nasi Goreng – Indonesia

O – Oladushki – Russia

P – Pandesal – The Philippines

Q – Qistibi – Tatarstan and Bashkortostan

R – Red Rice Porridge – Bhutan

S – Suafa’i – Samoa

T – Tomato Omelette – Armenia

U – Uji – Kenya

V – Vary Sosoa – Madagascar

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  • Sandhiya

    April 27, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    I had similar experience with one of the my recent online purchase. After a week of placing the order, they canceled the order and sent the message “It’s out of order”. It ‘s really frustrating at times. Btw Welsh toast sounds delicious and cheesy !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you Sandhiya… online shopping is all about trial and error 🙂

  • Priya Suresh

    April 28, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Wow, you are with Veggie style of the authentic Welsh rarebit, amazing take on rarebit Mayuri. And i love this vegetable version of rarebit. Now i can give a try to this incredible version.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you Priya. Usually Welsh rarebit is vegetarian unless meat is added on top. The cheese sauce needs Worcestershire sauce which I made a veggie version.

  • Sharmila – The Happie Friends Potpourri Corner

    April 28, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Such a cheesy delight… With the toppings it is so beautifully presented!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you Sharmila.

  • Harini

    April 29, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I agree not having a blender can be very frustrating and sorry about your online shopping experience. Hope you are able to lay your hands on a decent blender soon. The toast looks cheesy and yumm. I am sure my kids will love this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Harini. instead of apple can add tomatoes, mushrooms, anything you like.

  • Kalyani

    April 30, 2018 at 9:39 am

    this toast is entirely customisable, isnt it ? lovely veggie take on a non-veg dish ! perfect for rushed mornings or even lazy sundays :p

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 30, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Yes its an easy breakfast dish to make as you can prepare the sauce ahead and store it in the fridge for a couple of days.

  • srividhya

    April 30, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Online shopping is always a hit or miss. Between brilliant pick for W and love your vegetarian take on this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Srividhya.

  • vaishalisabnani

    May 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

    That’s a lovely toast with veggies and cheese , looks tempting and a perfect morning breakfast . Good you could make it vegetarian.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks Vaishali, its usually vegetarian but what its served with makes the difference. I used a homemade Worcestershire sauce to make it vegetarian.

  • simplytadka2

    May 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Yummy and tasty idea.. looks superb

  • Gayathri Kumar

    May 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    When I first started online shopping I was skeptical, but amazon worked fine. I did have some bad orders from other sites so I stick with amazon any day. That is so sad that you haven’t yet got your blender. Good luck for that. The rarebit looks wonderful with that melted cheese and your version of Worcestershire sauce is so good.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks Gayathri. And yes still without the blender as they are insisting they will send a repaired one. I don’t want a repaired one, I want a new one! SO the tussle carries on.

  • Pavani

    May 11, 2018 at 1:01 am

    That is really sad to hear about your bad experience with online shopping in Kenya. Ya, I would be skeptical to order a waffle iron from there 🙂
    I’ve heard a lot about Welsh Rarebit, but never made it myself. Your version sounds cheesy and delicious. My kids will love this.

  • sapna

    May 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I never knew worchestire sauce can be made at home. The veg style welsh looks inviting with crunchy apples and the sinful dressing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Sapana as the ready made sauce has shrimp that’s why hunted for a veg style one.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Good luck with your purchase, we mostly avoid buying online..this is a wonderful pick for the letter and must surely make a filling breakfast.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Srivalli, its a filling breakfast and the added apple slices made the overall taste different.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    June 7, 2018 at 2:51 am

    What a filling breakfast this is and has so many layers of flavors. I am still not too comfortable with online shopping even here in US. I am so happy that you actually made a much wonderful dish than the waffle.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 7, 2018 at 4:57 am

      Thanks Sandhya.

  • manjulabharathkumar2016

    June 15, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    wow welsh rarebit looks so delicious and wonderful choice for the letter di.. I know online shopping is sometimes really annoying , I stick to amazon for everything ..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you Manjula. Yes I too like Amazon and Big basket in India.

  • Padmajha PJ

    June 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    The vegetarian version looks so good Mayuri and hope you buy a waffle machine soon.And I too have got a lot of stuffs online right from my household electronic stuffs to my camera.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:32 am

      Thanks Padmajha.. still haven’t got the waffle machine!

  • Priya Srinivasan

    August 3, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    That is one cheesy delight mayuri! Online shopping is a tough, though i do shop from amazon often, but never tried buying appliances yet!!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks Priya, appliance issue sorted out and will not buy online, at least not here in Kenya.

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