Pop quiz: what standard (ie non GF) recipe book could a gluten free person buy in a bookshop which would offer them mostly GF recipes?

Well it wouldn’t be Italian! Despite the wonderful use of polenta, the slow simmered sauces and the fabulous flavours, the pasta might be a small problem. GF pasta is do-able and buy-able, but I haven’t found any that is very nice. Traditional English cuisine? OK for the roasts and potatoes but what about the yorkshire pud and pies? Chinese? Yes certainly, and it’s easy to replace other noodles with rice ones.  Soy sauce is always a problem though. No, the answer here is Indian.

This pop quiz came to my mind this morning as I was looking through an Indian recipe book in preparation for lunch guests. 95% of the recipes are gluten free, and there are even some bread recipes which use chickpea, lentil or pea flour instead of wheat flour. Of course there is the naan bread, paratha, roti, etc but the proportion is much lower than in any other recipe book I own. The visitors are our Italian friends for whom I made a polenta inspired lunch a few months back and they assure me they like Indian food as well.

Our menu today was:

  • Cauliflower and cumin fritters
  • Kashmir mushroom curry (this is a very fragrant and peppery curry)
  • Channa marsala – chickpeas, beautifully flavoured
  • Chicken tikka – hadn’t tried this before but will certainly be doing it again!
  • Poppadums – yay for lentil flour! These were bought, but even so!

We were at the lunch table for nearly 2 hours and it was lovely to sit and savour. So yay for Indian recipes!

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2 thoughts on “Pop quiz: what standard (ie non GF) recipe book could a gluten free person buy in a bookshop which would offer them mostly GF recipes?

  1. Thank goodness for Indian food. I love making curries. Be a little careful of pappadums. They are usually made of lentil flour but I was at the Langham a few weekends ago and the Indian chefs made them with a gluten flour, so I couldn’t have any. Oh well, at least they told me.

  2. Thanks Bev, you’re quite right about the poppdums. I always check the packet, looking for Urad (lentil) flour and if it’s at a restaurant, I often don’t bother.

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