Rheological characterisation of uncross-linked (UPS) and cross-linked (CPS) waxy maize starch with pectin was conducted to determine the influence of pectin on the properties of the starch. The viscoelastic behaviour of 5% (w/v) gel systems containing UPS and CPS polysaccharides at 25 °C was evaluated by small angle deformation oscillation rheometry. Viscoelasticity measurements of the cross-linked polysaccharides indicated that the elastic component increased after cross-linking. Among all gels studied, the properties of the CPS mixtures (ratios 2:3 and 3:2) showed quite high storage (G') and loss (G¿) moduli (compared with gels of other ratios), indicating that gels of these two particular ratios had the greatest degree of elasticity and were very well structured. The results suggest that cross-linking between starch and pectin molecules can give rise to novel rheological properties.