15 Gluten-Free Indian Recipes
Finding gluten-free dishes in Indian cuisine is actually incredibly easy. The majority of recipes have a meat, legume, or vegetable base, and are commonly thickened with the addition of ground pulses instead of flour or other gluten products. Sides are often comprised of rice, chutneys, and pickles, most of which will also be naturally gluten-free. You can even find some flatbreads that are compliant, like pesarattu or akki rotti, and created by blending lentils and rice. Click through to see all the creative ways you can eat Indian while avoiding gluten.
A great way to use leftover boiled eggs, this vegetarian curry comes out a lovely golden hue thanks to the addition of turmeric.
Indian Chole Aloo Tikki
Don't be intimidated by the long ingredients list, they're mostly spices that add distinct flavor to these potato patties. This makes just the right size for two main dishes, or several servings when presented as an appetizer.
Indian Style Basmati Rice
Add extra depth to your meal with this spiced rice. "I love this rice!" says heathery. "I am awful at cooking rice and it usually ends up gummy and sticky, but this recipe produced rice like I'd buy in an Indian restaurant."
Indian Stuffed Eggplant
These double-stuffed eggplants are mixed with ghee (clarified butter) and spices to create an excellent vegetable side dish. If frying is a concern, some reviewers have had success baking the eggplants instead.
Indian Chicken Curry
Chopped chicken breasts simmer until fall-apart tender in a creamy curry sauce in this easy recipe. "I used this recipe when I made curry myself for the first time ever," says user Nadia Orawski. "I loved it!"
Green mung beans and rice flour are the base for these gluten-free flatbreads. Shredded carrots and coconut contribute moisture, while cumin seeds and peppers add a pop of flavor.
No Indian meal would be complete without a side of chutney. This cilantro version is incredibly simple and only requires blending in a food processor.
Dal Makhani (Indian Lentils)
Dal is a hearty dish of split pulses (commonly lentils) that is cooked until tender and thickened. "Love this recipe," says Michelle Annese. "The whole family loves it also and requests it often."
Indian Tandoori Chicken
Before being grilled, the chicken is marinated overnight in a perfectly spiced yogurt mixture. If you want to avoid using food coloring, add a dash of turmeric and paprika to the marinade.
Indian Fish Curry
Indian Style Sheekh Kabab
These tender lamb kabobs are studded with chopped mint and cilantro for a fresh flavor throughout. "I made it twice -- once using lamb and once using beef," says user A.H.R. "We liked it both ways."
Lamb Madras Curry
"Melt in your mouth" describes this lamb dish. You'll make your own curry paste for this recipe instead of relying on store-bought, a difference you can tell with every delicious bite.
An especially nice addition if you're serving a spicy main dish, this creamy coconut chutney will become your new go-to Indian condiment.
Indian Shrimp Curry
Ready in just 30 minutes, this shrimp curry is perfect for when you're in a hurry. "I am so happy to have found this recipe because it really is authentic tasting," says Cindy K.
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