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!