Back in March, Caty wrote a post about gluten intolerance in India. Evidence suggests that the rate of celiac disease is increasing, particularly in the north of the country. These increased rates, some doctors speculate, could be thanks to more “modern” strains of wheat being introduced to the local diet.
Causation aside, it seems that India’s celiac population is a fact – and a growing fact at that. How do I know? Simple. Delhi’s got a new gluten-free restaurant.
Clearly I wouldn’t wish celiac disease on anyone. While it’s certainly a manageable problem, going gluten-free is no summertime stroll through the park. It doesn’t exactly make life easier, at least not at first. And that goes quadruple for anyone in a country that hasn’t yet adjusted to the news.
Still, I’m pretty psyched that there are more celiacs in India now, because it lets me write this post. There’s a gluten-free restaurant in Delhi! India’s been high on my list of places to visit, and anything that makes finding gluten-free food there easier makes me really happy (including, of course, the gluten-free restaurant card written in Hindi).
According to the Hindustan Times, Delhi’s first gluten-free restaurant was started by the father of an autistic, gluten-free child. The restaurant is called Café Amaltas, and while it’s been open for almost a year, it’s only open on Saturdays. They offer everything from traditional Indian food to pizza, all designed with input from dieticians and nutritionists.
Right now Café Amaltas is primarily marketed through word-of-mouth and Facebook. I know most of our readers aren’t located in India, but I’m going to go ahead and suggest you check out their Facebook page anyway (by clicking here). It’s all in English, but the food photos speak louder than any words.
Yum! If anyone’s planning a gluten-free trip to Delhi, let us know if you check out Amaltas!