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This Is How A Healthy Gluten Free Thali Should Be Like!

This Is How A Healthy Gluten Free Thali Should Be Like!

There has been a lot of talk about gluten-free products and recipes these days. A gluten-free thali excludes gluten protein. Barley, rye, wheat are the sources of gluten protein.

A gluten-free diet is best for reducing the symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with the gluten allergy. Celiac disease is a condition in which gluten triggers the immune system functioning that damages the linings of the small intestine. It is an autoimmune disorder. This damage leads to indigestion or hindrance in absorption.

Following a gluten-free diet is careful attention towards nutrients and its ingredients. Cross-contamination is also a concern in this disease. When it comes to cooking up a gluten-free meal there are few important things to be kept in mind.

Guidelines For Gluten Free Thali

While cooking a gluten-free recipe, these things should be kept in mind – no wheat, rye, and no barley. Making an Indian meal replace roti with brown rice, or make roti with ragi or maize flour. Cooking a Chinese meal, avoid noodles and use rice instead and for a Continental lunch use quinoa, risotto or gluten-free pasta.

Intolerant to gluten or just want to go off gluten protein for a day, here is a gluten free thali:

Ragi Chapati

Ragi is a rich source of calcium, iron and protein. These chapatis are a nutritious option for gluten intolerants. It can be stuffed with seasonal veggies to give new flavour. This can be serverd with vegetable, pulses or curd. To enhance the flavour one can use sesame seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli and curry leaves in the stuffing.

Seasoned Tapioca (Sabudana) Khichdi

This recipe is very simple yet very flavourful. Potato, green chilli, cumin seeds, peanuts and curry leaves can be added in this recipe and can served in the main course with green coriander chutney.

Moong Dal Seekh Kebab

Most of the people think that kebab is a non-vegetarian recipe. Its a real treat to the senses of a person who is gluten allergic. Moong dal makes the perfect seekh kebab. Potato has been used as a binding agent. Delectable spices adds flavour to the kebab.

Jowar And Vegetable Porridge

Getting bored of the regular breakfast recipes, try this nutritious recipe made by using Jowar. Jowar is a cereal with plenty of protein, iron and fibre. The veggies improves its vitamin A, fibre, folic acid and iron. This porridge accompanied by a fruit is sure to keep the body satiated till lunch and prevents from bingeing on unhealthy mid-morning snacks like biscuits, nuts, chips etc.

Quinoa Veg Upma

This recipe is full with the goodness of quinoa and veggies, its very filling and nutritious as well. It is quite easy to cook. Just need to temper mustard seeds, saute the nuts and vegetabls and cook the quinoa with it. Garnishing with coriander and a squeeze of lemon enhances an appetizing aroma and flavour of upma.
The peanuts and cashews give a nice crunch, while the veggies treat the palate to a multi-textural extravaganza! Quinoa is gluten free and high in fiber and has a low glycemic index, which makes it suitable for diabetics also.

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