Gluten free food

#1 Jan 16th, 2005, 18:05
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I am going to Delhi and surrounds soon and want to know how easy it is to eat out and avoid wheat flour? I am a coeliac which means I have to avoid gluten which is present in wheat.
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North is by and large a 'wheat country', South is rice....
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yes, it is. Just order rice instead of wheat. Available everywhere, darn near. should be no prob. Watch out for some specialty dishes which have wheat dumplings, tho. Still, you'll be OK.
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east = ( bengal + orrissa + assam + north east ) is also very much rice country
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Take the others' advice about wheat and rice areas. However unless you know the (number of) languages around you'd be hard pressed to explain to anyone that you can't eat gluten. I suggest you get someone to tell you how to say "no wheat please" in Hindi (for Delhi area) then hope for the best. Be mindful that most things doughy (chapatis etc.) would probably involve wheat.
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just ask for rice instead of trying to list out the things you dont want (ie. chapati, tandoori naan, other wheat based stuff). explaining a technical term like gluten is near impossible - i dont think a corresponding vernacular word exists.

however, you should get a lot of rice based dishes (eg, chicken fried rice, Biryani etc), or at least plain rice (which should be accompanied with one or more, of the 100s of curry based dishes and maybe "daal") in all cities and tourist places in india, whether you are in the "wheat" belt or in the "rice" belt.

in case you are in some kind of fix, just ask for (the hindi word for rice =) CHAWAL (pronounced "cha-wul", cha like "bra" and wal like "hull")
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Your biggest problem will be the temptation for snacks, samosas, Kachoris etc, Pakoras though should be made from gram flour which is GF.
I think masala dosas are probably GF too are'nt they rice flour!,
Potato crisps are available everywhere,
In the UK you should be able to get some info for india from the Coeliac Society/ crossed grain mag,

pm me if you need their information
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Hi everyone,

I'm going to be dealing with the same problem - wheat is just a bit too heavy to sit well in my stomach, so I do my best to avoid it if possible.

Can anyone confirm whether the pakoras and dosas would be wheat-free?

What about the availability of wheat-free flatbreads?

Thank ya!

-Dave
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yes, dosa is made from a combination of rice and lentil flour.
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gluten free ???

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Originally Posted by Gilly View Post I am going to Delhi and surrounds soon and want to know how easy it is to eat out and avoid wheat flour? I am a coeliac which means I have to avoid gluten which is present in wheat.
My wife and two children are Gluten intolerant so I am a little familiar with this matter.
If you go to http://www.foodsubs.com/Flournw.html#harinilla it lists all the substitutes for flour that are available in India.
PS I think in the north most samosa's and pakodas are made with wheat but there is always the exception.
GOOD LUCK
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Doesn't address glutens or wheat I think, but may be helpful in a general sense: What we learned about allergies in India. Those in the know are welcome to add to it.
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We are looking after our 2 year old grand daughter who is a ceoliac. I cooked her some dhal using a spice mix that I later found out contained a small amount of gluten and she had a reaction from just 1 teaspoon of this stuff in a fairly large pot of dhal. Also sometimes people use 'a little' wheat flour to thicken sauces. So it's not just avoiding the obvious breads, it is also knowing what is in the curries etc.

The Ceoliac Society here in Australia has translations in various languages that explain the situation. If you eat in better quality places you may be able to explain your needs.

Please report back on how you went as your experiences may help other ceoliacs to travel through India.

Good luck and have a great holiday.
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Originally Posted by Gilly View Post I am going to Delhi and surrounds soon and want to know how easy it is to eat out and avoid wheat flour? I am a coeliac which means I have to avoid gluten which is present in wheat.
Try only specialty restaurants which serve Continental, Chinese, Italian and other suitable food, but these restaurants are available in big cities only, otherwise salads and fruits are easily available almost everywhere.
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gluten intolerant friend

Although it is quite general i have found this website good for finidng out what type of flour is used to make different indian foods eg. potato and rice flour are ok as opposed to wheat flour.
http://www.indax.com/food.html

also I think i read somewhere that you can get a sign/lable made up in any language (for traveling) that says you coeliac. if you 'googleit' maybe you will find something.
hope this helps in some way.
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Originally Posted by Travinfoindia View Post Try only specialty restaurants which serve Continental, Chinese, Italian and other suitable food
I'm not so sure about e.g. the noodles and pasta though, it would depend, and then again whatever sauce accompanies it. It's just tricky I imagine.

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