This Indian Food Is All Completely Gluten Free

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Gluten is a protein content found in grains wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt, graham flour. All varieties of wheat like wheat germ, spelt, durum, bulgur, semolina and couscous have gluten content.

Gluten content grain used in any form gives elastic and chewy texture to the dish. For some people, gluten content triggers allergic reactions which compel them to go for a gluten-free diet.

A gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite food. You just need to be careful with the ingredients you use in cooking. Always check the ingredients labels to ensure they are gluten-free products.

Keep experimenting in your kitchen until you are happy with the outcome, in fact you never know you may come up with your own masterpiece.

A gluten-free Indian meal can be made like any other meal with few alternatives to replace gluten-containing grains with gluten-free grains such as millets, maize, quinoa and rice.

Millets are the healthy and most preferred gluten-free alternative used in many forms such as porridge, rice, flatbreads, crepes and desserts.

Check out our other article to know more details about millets and their benefits. Soy sauce is the ingredient that most people miss out but actually it has gluten content. It is widely used in Indo-chinese food but not in authentic Indian cuisine!

Most of the Indian curries are gluten-free. Although Indian cuisine has a wide range of gluten-free food options, we have listed a few simple dishes that are easy to make at home.

Gluten-free Bajra or Juwar Rotlo: A traditional Gujarati flatbread made with millets.

Besan ki Roti: Flavourful and protein-rich gluten-free flatbread made with gram flour.

Makki ki Roti: Iconic Punjabi flatbread made with cornmeal also called maize flour.

Akki Roti: A staple breakfast in Karnataka made with rice flour.

Rajasthani Cheela: Savoury pancakes made with gram flour, turmeric and spices.

Bhujia: Delicious and irresistible deep-fried spiced snack made with chickpea flour.

Poppadums: A crispy fried lentil crackers that are a staple with thali. It is usually served with a range of dips in restaurants.

Dhokla: Savoury steamed cake made of fermented gram flour batter, seasoned with mustard and curry leaves.

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Pakora:  Crispy fried snack made with gram flour, vegetables and spices.

Bateta Vada: A delicious and lip-smacking fried potato stuffed fritters.

Idli: Soft and fluffy steamed cake made of fermented rice and lentil batter. Idli is one of the healthy and most preferred breakfasts in South India.

Adai: A healthy and nutritious savoury pancakes made with rice and moong dal.

Pongal: A protein-packed dish made with rice and lentils

Poha: A simple and quick dish made with flattened rice, vegetables and spices. It is a popular breakfast and snack in many Western and North India.

Khichdi: One of the most comfort and simple dish to make. It is made with lentils, rice/millets and basic spices. Every region of India has its own version with slight variations.

Dosa: Savoury crepes made from a fermented batter. The batter is made with rice and lentils.  

Onion Bhaji: Naturally gluten-free Indian starter made with gram flour, onion slices and spices.

Tandoori Paneer Tikka: Cubes of cottage cheese marinated in yogurt with spices and then skewered along with onion, peppers and cooked in clay oven.

Generally, most of the Indian curry powders and curry pastes are gluten-free. Store-bought curry powder should not contain gluten unless they are cross-contaminated or it contains any flour that is usually added to prevent clumping.

Check the label for listed items and allergy contents. To be on the safe side you can consider making your own gluten-free curry powder and curry paste at home.

Making gluten-free curry paste and curry powder at home is easy, aromatic and saves you money as the whole spices used to make these blends costs way too less than the store-bought spice blends.

Indian cuisine has a lot more options for people with a gluten-free diet. Sanskruti offers a wide range of gluten-free dishes that are absolutely delicious. Our friendly staff members ensure you have a great dining experience without a feeling of missing out on any food due to allergic contents.