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Gluten Free Indian Food and Gluten Free India Tour

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Since India as a country is so large, Indian culinary ingredients are directly related to the availability of products in each region. Masala (spice) is used in the majority of Indian dishes. Although the exact spices for a specific dish vary by chef, their choices for what spices to include are standard across Indian cuisine. Common herbs and spices include bay leaves, black pepper, cardamom, chili pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, mustard seed and turmeric.

Culinary practices also vary in Indian cooking and restaurants. Common Indian condiments include:

  • chutneys which are spicy fruit or vegetable spreads such as coconut, mango, mint, tamarind and tomato
  • Indian pickles made with fruit or vegetables in oil with aromatic spices and resemble relish
  • raita which is a yogurt sauce with Indian herbs and spices, and may also contain sliced onions and tomatoes

Also, sources of protein in Indian cooking are directly reflective of religious beliefs. Generally speaking, most Indian restaurants offer chicken, fish and lamb dishes, with paneer (Indian cheese), lentils and yogurt serving as the major sources of protein for vegetarians. A Hindu restaurant would never serve beef; whereas, one would expect to find it in a Muslim restaurant, where you would not find pork or shellfish.

Dosas, a South Indian version of the crepe or pancake, are usually stuffed with filling and served with chutneys. In some cases, they resemble a pizza, with ingredients placed on the top of the crepe or pancake. Dosas are often made with black gram, lentil, potato or rice flour. If ordered, ensure that dosas do not contain wheat flour. With the exception of many dosas, most breads and pancakes are made with wheat flour in Indian restaurants. At right is a list of common breads and pancakes made with wheat flour to avoid when following a gluten free diet.

Chalo, sub khana khao!
(Bon Appetit in Hindi. It literally means “Come, let’s start eating!”)


Want to experience India first hand? Check out this gluten free tour!

Journey to exotic India on a deluxe fully escorted tour that features
gluten free meals (non-spicy available), gluten free cooking class, fascinating tours and game drives with Pacific Delight Tours from December 5 – 16, 2017

Visit famous sights including:

  • Taj Mahal at sunrise
  • Tiger reserve at Ranthambore
  • Bharatpur bird sanctuary
  • Desert palaces of Rajasthan
  • Hindu & Tibetan temples
  • Ghandi’s Memorial
  • Elephanta Island boat excursion
  • Red Fort with sound & light show

Stay at Oberoi’s magnificent hotels in Mumbai, Jaipur, Ranthambore and New Delhi.

Escorted by Dr. Simran Sani of London and New Delhi, dietitian to India’s leading gluten free organization.


Call, Click or Email Today for Itinerary Details and Reservations:
Leaders in Gluten Free Tours to India, China and More Since 2006

(800) 221-7179
pdt@pacificdelighttours.com


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