With one of the friendliest gluten-free menus in Dubai (think: zucchini pasta and gluten-free sandwiches), Ultra Brasserie’s chef Andrew Matthews is an expert when it comes to cooking for those with gluten intolerances. With a majority of the population cutting back on gluten these days, you’re bound to face this allergy restriction in the near dinner-party future. Don’t let a lack of gluten cramp your hosting style; instead, follow Matthews’ advice for gluten-free entertaining.
Click through the gallery to discover his top five tips.
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Discover the Endless Possibilities of Tapioca
Tapioca is a great alternate to flour as a thickening agent. Use it to thicken anything from sauces and soups to stews and pies. It’s the secret to keeping desserts fluffy and gluten-free without adding loads of additional sugar and carbohydrates to the dish.
Experiment with Flours
You’ll find many gluten-free flours in Dubai supermarkets at the moment, including potato flour, buckwheat flour, quinoa flour, chickpea flour, tapioca flour, rice flour, and maize flour. Do not attempt to cook for an important dinner without first experimenting with gluten-free flours, as they won’t all have the same results. For example, cooking with buckwheat flour is not suitable for many desserts.
Substitute Quinoa for Pasta
The most common varieties of the grain are red, black, and white quinoa, which are all high in protein and fiber. Add quinoa to nearly any salad or serve it as a side as a substitute for gluten grains.
Learn to Love Lentils
Lentils are packed with vegetable protein and cook quickly. Plus, they absorb the flavors of the ingredients in any recipe, making them great for all kinds of dishes. The best part of all? They’re 100 percent gluten-free.