Gluten Free Curry Night!

I remember thinking when I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease that I could happily enjoy my gluten free diet as long as I didn’t have to miss out on curry… my favourite meal!

I do make my own curry, but sometimes when time is short I will cheat and use a sauce from a jar (I love the Lloyd Grossman Tikka Masala* or Pataks Madras*). My absolute favourite is a take away, we are very lucky that we have a fabulous Indian restaurant close to home (The Raj in Culcheth) and the food has always been spot on. It’s great being able to invite people over and enjoy their company but still get to eat great food that has been freshly prepared that everyone can enjoy!

Although most curry and rice should be naturally gluten free, always make sure you check before ordering. There are other things on the menu you will need to avoid. Unfortunately this can simply be due to the cooking process, for example chips, poppadum’s, onion bhajis would normally be gluten free but if they are then cooked in the same fat as things that contain gluten they become contaminated. Naan breads and chapatti’s would not be gluten free… however I have found the perfect solution… it just requires a little bit of home baking, but it means Naan bread, chapati, onion bhajis and poppadum’s can be back on the menu!

LIZ1

Before I was diagnosed with coeliac I used to love chapatis and had promised myself for ages that I would have a go at making my own. I speak to some lovely people on our advice line who rave about the results they get when using Juvela Gluten Free Fibre Mix to make their Chapati. Well finally I had a go and I cannot believe I waited so long!! They were so easy to make as they simply consist of mix, water and a little salt and the result was amazing, I just loved them and cannot wait to make them again!  For a little extra flavour I added a little freshly chopped garlic to my oil when cooking them which enhanced the flavour.  If you feel like doing a big batch of baking, these they will freeze really well and would be perfect heated through in the microwave for a few seconds or wrapped in foil and heated in the oven.

LIZ2

I do love poppadum’s as a starter and to make sure I don’t miss out I would simply buy ready prepared ones from the supermarket that everyone can share (so long as they were safe for coeliacs!). The chutney tray from the restaurant should be naturally gluten free, but it is always best to double check.

I hope the following recipes tempt you into making the perfect accompaniment to compliment your curry!!

Chapatis

Onion Bhajis

Naan Bread

Here are some suggestions for questions to ask before ordering food and/or eating in a restaurant or café:

  • Are you able to cater for a gluten free diet?
  • Do you have a separate fryer to prepare non-gluten and gluten-containing foods?
  • Are the chips coated with any gluten-containing ingredients?
  • Do you use separate pans/chopping boards/utensils to prevent cross contamination?

It is better to ask these questions prior to you planned meal, as you can then ensure you are confident in their replies before planning to eat there and make the experience a pleasurable one. I have found recommendations and gut instinct have always been the best way for me when choosing where to eat out.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy Gluten free Easter!

Liz x

8 Responses to “Gluten Free Curry Night!”

  1. Martin Gearing

    Exactly what we find. Our favourite is Kutis at Fair Oak, on their menu they highlight the GF options and are very helpful. I’ve also made bhajis at home and they were great.

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Martin, Great to hear that you too have positive “gluten free” experiences at you local Indian restaurant. Cannot wait to try out the Bhajis recipe myself. Best wishes, Liz.

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  2. Elisabeth Standing

    What can I use instead of Juvela mix as it is about £12 a box and I am unable to get it on prescription anymore .

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Elizabeth, although there may be other mixes you can use, I have only tested the recipe with Juvela mix and was so impressed by the results!! I’m really sorry that you are no longer able to have the mix prescribed. The price you pay for the mix will vary between pharmacies and you would be able to obtain it for less than the price you have paid. Chemist.net supply our products, it may be an idea to check out the price with them too. Thanks and best wishes to you. Liz

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  3. Ian Spreadbury

    Hi Liz,
    Your chapatis look lovely. But, before I have a go at making them, you mentioned adding garlic to the oil. How much oil do you add to the pan? I don’t want spoil them by making them too greasy.

    Kind regards
    Wendy (for Ian)

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Wendy, really glad you like the look of the chapattis, they were very easy and so satisfying to make!! You will only need about a teaspoon of oil to fry the garlic. The chapattis would work great dry fried too. Hope your husband enjoys them as much as I did. Best wishes, Liz.

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  4. cheryl curry

    The recipes look her interesting ,thank you.
    I would like to know if the onion bahjis freeze OK ?
    Many thanks
    Cheryl

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Cheryl, glad you like the look of the recipes. Yes the onion bahjis once cooked and cooled would freeze really well. You can then simply defrost and reheat in a hot oven and your own convenience….. you might even like to double up on the recipe to allow you to have a good supply in your freezer!! Best wishes, Liz.

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