Gluten-Free Indian Dishes to Cook at Home

Gluten-Free Indian Dishes to Cook at Home Malgudi Days

Having diet restraints and cravings don’t exactly go hand in hand, do they?

What’s one to do if you are feeling uninspired yet need gluten-free meals on a daily basis?

Today, we’re going to share a list of 5 gluten-free Indian dishes you can prepare at home. You can save this post for later reference or share it with someone you know who’d love to try out these dishes.

Dal Fry

Dal fry is such a feel-good bowl of lentils whipped up in a savoury fashion. It can be had with a bowl of plain rice, pulav or even bajra roti. If you want to enjoy it just as a stew or soup, you can do that too.

Not difficult to make at all, you’ll have steaming portions of dal fry ready with a few ingredients such as toor dal, tomatoes, onions, and spices.

Quinoa Khichdi

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How can you make a nutty and wholesome meal better? By making it an instant pot version! So you get all the goodness for minimal effort.

Quinoa is a great substitute for white rice if you are looking for healthier grains to add to your diet. It is brimming with the right percentage of amino acids that your body requires and contains a good portion of fibre and protein.

Moreover, khichdi is a food that’s known to be comforting not just because of how light it is on the stomach but also the health benefits it carries.

You can prepare this quick dish with a combination of lentils of your choice and quinoa along with some veggies like peas, tomato, carrots, potatoes, etc.


There are two kinds of appams in South Indian cuisine - one that’s prepared as a sweet and another that is more akin to a dosa.

Also commonly referred to as the vella appam, the one we are talking about today is usually eaten with a potato stew or coconut chutney.

It has a slightly thicker centre with the outsides being paper-thin and crispy.

To explain simply, you can think of appams as crepes. Made with rice flour and grated coconut batter, it is left to ferment with some yeast. Make sure the yeast you purchase is of the gluten-free kind.

Appams have a very mild sweet taste that is balanced by the spices in the accompaniment.

Aloo Gobi

You can make aloo gobi as either an appetiser, meaning it would be dry or as a curry with a semi-gravy consistency.

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While the stars of the show here are the potatoes and the cauliflowers, the real difference begins with the spices, herbs, and vegetables you’d use. 

Why a lot of people turn to this recipe repeatedly is that it is simple to make, there aren’t a lot of steps, and you get a fulfilling dish.

For the perfect tangy-spicy taste, don’t forget the tomatoes, red chilli powder, and lemon juice.

Puttu Kadala

A Kerala classic, puttu kadala is often a common item in breakfast menus, but we’re all for preparing it any time of the day.

The puttu is made from rice flour and coconut that is steamed into cylindrical shapes. It is healthy and has great nutritional value.

The mild taste of the puttu goes well with the flavourful aromas and taste of the kadala curry. The kadala curry is a stew-like dish made of black chickpeas, curry leaves, onions, and spices. 

You’ll find yourself comfortably satiated without an overwhelming sense of being full. We highly recommend polishing off this meal with a cup of your favourite filter kaapi

There’s something for everyone on this list, whether you like savoury, spicy, or earthy flavours. Avoid using hing (asafoetida) or corn starch while preparing  these dishes and you've got yourself some gluten-free recipes.

If either of these dishes is your favourite, let us know in the comments.

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