Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine can be a great place to eat gluten free if you ask for guidance from your server. They do not have a separate gluten-free menu, but it's easy to find gluten-free options as many Indian dishes are naturally gluten free.
I highly recommend the potato bonda as an appetizer. They are large balls of mashed potatoes dipped in chic pea flour and deep fried. Delicious!
The famous Indian naan, a white wheat bread, is obviously off limits. But there are other gluten-free breaded items to try. The Pappadum is crispy wafer-like flatbread made from lentil or chickpea flour. Dosas are crepes made from rice and lentil flours and stuffed with savory fillings. Iddly is spongy steamed rice and lentil cake.
I had to try the crepe-like Dosas served with sambar and coconut chutney. They are huge, not even fitting on a serving platter. I’ve tried the Masala Dosa, filled with potato, onion, and spices. But my favorite is the Beans and Cheese Dosa, featuring black beans, cheese, and spices.
The curries are a safe bet for gluten-free diners, and they’re served with white rice and raita (yogurt with vegetables). My favorite is the Dal Tadka, yellow lentils cooked with tomato, onion, and spices. I also love the Dal Makhani made with kidney beans, yellow and black lentils, onion, and tomato.
For dessert you must try the Carrot Halwa, which is carrot cooked in coconut milk, cashews, raisins, almonds, and sugar. Simple sweetness.
I highly recommend dining at Woodlands. The food is delicious, the waitstaff is attentive, and when asked about gluten and other ingredients, they relay questions to the kitchen and return with clear answers.
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