Friday, July 4, 2008

Conquer autism the GFCF way

Last month we decided to go full blast with the GFCF diet, no aberrations whatsoever. Even guest were served Tulsi tea, although this is an expensive proposition. Soon I was on the prowl for more GFCF recipes and the internet was my crutch as is a cane to a blind man. One realized before long many parents were on these gastronomical expeditions, mothers who failed to bake GFCF bread for months and suddenly one day it turned out just fine. I found some cases of serendipity where the parents ran out of a vital ingredient and the substitute worked wonders to give them a perfectly delightful new recipe. YOU TUBE is flooded with GFCF receipes.
My search on the net yielded results and I did come up with some good recipes. Our joy was great when my husband found GFCF cookies, all purpose flour, and self raising flour in a Spencer’s outlet next to our house. The brand is orgran. Out rolled cakes, samosas from the gourmet kitchen of mine. I am yet to give it a name.

I have not been able to bake cookies as diary free substitutes such as casein free margarine, Xanthan gum ,Rice milk and similar such items available abroad not available here to the common man. However I must add this has been more than compensated by the richness and variety the Indian food has to offer. As a matter of fact my son has begun to relish many of the Indian snacks made at home. We have gone more indigenous with fresh mock tails, soups customized to our son’s requirements with just the dash of pepper and oregano.

Some of the recipes are quick and easy while some are cumbersome.
These thoughts often cross my mind a community kitchen where mother’s keen on GFCF sit together and make couple of items and share the costs equally. More importantly there is some rigorous quality control process in check. It would also provide some kind of social networking.

Here are some of the receipes i have tried succeessfully
1. Carrot walnut cake
2. idli
3. dosa
4. ada
5. singhadia-raagi parathas
6. samosas
7. kothimbar wadi
8. sabudana kichdi
9. pongal
10. sambhar vada
11. sabudana vada
12. Dal vada
13. Besan laddu
14. Moongdal halwa
15. Spreads such as mayonnaise and peanut butter
16. poha
17. Thatai
18. Cutlets
19.Gluten free cookies
I shall try and post 2-3 receipes every week,in this section.


Anonymous said...

You can substitute coconut oil (not very 'liquidy') for margarine or butter- ghee too though I don't suppose that's as good an option. For baking, you can substitute water, almond or coconut milks, for any liquid. If adding water, I just increase vanilla or other flavoring (in general I use more vanilla in GF baking).


viji said...

Thank you,Lakshmi.I am yet to try coconut oil. Each recipe calls for a different substitute.Like, I read some where coconut oil is a good substitute when baking cup cakes.And ghee is a problem if one is not ok with the flavour.If you have any receipe ,please post them. Thank you, once gain.

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