Mumbai food: 7 gluten-free dishes you can indulge in at city restaurants

Updated: Dec 07, 2016, 15:27 IST | Shraddha Uchil and Joanna Lobo

For those who can’t stomach wheat, here’s a round up of the best gluten-free dishes at restaurants that don’t sacrifice taste at the altar of health

Quinoa Pancake
Who says pancakes can’t be free of gluten? Try this quinoa version, which comes with sweet potato cream, pumpkin and chickpeas.
At: One Street Over, Linking Road, Khar (W).
Call: 26002224

Coffee and Almond Fudge Cake
This rich flourless fudge cake has coffee and almond powder and is served with poached apricot and vanilla ice cream. The perfect end to a meal.
At: The Sassy Spoon, Ground Floor, Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point.
Cost: Rs 375 plus taxes
Call: 61054554

Flower Power Pizza
Not all pizza is bad for you, especially not this one. It switches the usual flour base with one made using cauliflower. This gluten-free and guilt-free pizza is then topped with tomato sauce, reduced fat cheese, mushrooms, roasted garlic and arugula. Chef Karishma Sakhrani, who created this dish, says the idea was to create healthy food that is also packed with flavour.
At: The Pantry, Yashwant Chambers, Military Square Lane, near Trishna, Kala Ghoda, Fort.
Call: 22700082
Cost: Rs 325 plus taxes

Pumpkin Pie
It’s the start of pumpkin season, and the winter squash will now start making an appearance on menus pretty much everywhere, whether in fashionable pumpkin spice lattes or comforting soups. However, the best way to enjoy it is in the form of a pie. This Pumpkin Pie includes coconut milk and palm sugar, with a salted jaggery drizzle; the crust is made using almonds and oats. The pie is also dairy-free.
At: 212 All Good, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.
Call: 8655012212
Cost: `255

Masala Chai Baileys Brownie
This is no ordinary brownie. It is one that combines decadent Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur with gooey chocolate and adds to it that familiar masala chai kick. The best part is that it’s both gluten-free and eggless. This dessert gets brownie points for being innovative.
At: NRI, 2, North Avenue, Maker Maxity, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (E).
Call: 30005040
Cost: Rs 250

Avocado Eggs Benedict
Warm buttered English muffins, deliciously smoky bacon and poached eggs, topped with a generous drizzle of Hollandaise sauce... with these ingredients, it is no wonder that Eggs Benedict features at the top of every breakfast menu. This version takes it a notch higher by including avocados, and uses gluten-free bread.
At: Bastian, B/1, New Kamal Building, Linking Road, opposite National College, Bandra (W).
Call: 26420145
Cost: Rs 500 plus taxes

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
How about snacking on some wholesome sandwiches put together using gluten-free bread, i.e bread made with red rice flour? The Grilled Cheese Sandwich gives your regular grilled cheese an upgrade — expect, along with cheese, apples and jalapenos. If you prefer your sandwiches stacked with meat, opt for the Turkey Ham Sandwich, which is filled with tomato, lettuce, turkey and ham slices. Who wants a BLT when you can have this instead?
At: Ellipsis Bakery outlets at Worli and Bandra.
Call: 66164653
Cost: `270 plus taxes (Grilled Cheese Sandwich), `350 plus taxes (Turkey Ham Sandwich)

What is gluten-free food?
A Gluten-Free Diet (GFD) is one that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye, and all their species and hybrids. Gluten causes health problems for disorders such as Coeliac Disease (CD). Pasta, bread and crackers contain gluten, but you can still enjoy these foods; all you need to do is switch to gluten-free alternatives. Also, remember that a lot of foods like fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs are naturally gluten-free.

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