About Me

Hi Friends, I’m happy you are here. You can call me Neetu, which is my nickname, or Balvinder, which is my full first name. My first and foremost passion is feeding my family delcious and wholesome food. This motivates me to cook and try new recipes.

My love for food was developed very early because of our nomadic life. Since my father was in the Air force we have traveled to different places and been able to try different foods. This love was further progressed into a passion when I got married to an armed forces officer. Being an army officer’s wife  I went to a lot of social events and hosted a few parties myself. Somehow the art of cooking and entertaining got interwoven in my life.

 

Malcesine 2016

 

Then destiny conspired and brought us to this beautiful British Columbia in 1999.  My family and I are now well immersed in Canadian culture and citizens of this country. I am a full-time homemaker as well as do bookkeeping, payroll accounting, and other stuff like keeping track of the inventory for my husband. This keeps me going during the week. In my free time, apart from writing this food blog I love to do gardening, yoga, go for long walks and hikes.

My journey to the blog started 3 years after I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. I began searching for gluten free recipes, but what I found was that a lot of gluten free sites were mostly posting simple soups or salads. The desserts were also unappealing to me because they were only made from rice flour or almond meal. Going gluten free isn’t as easy as deciding to start eating gluten free food, especially if it is more of a necessity than a choice. I wanted real food, something that was nutritionally balanced, flavorful and enjoyable even for gluten eaters. For Punjabis, chapatti is an everyday staple, but not a single site at that time (2008) had a recipe for gluten free chapatti. This led me to try various combinations of flours and came up with a healthy gluten free mix for chapati with no starch or gum. That was the moment when I thought of writing down my gluten free recipes in a notebook. Since I always loved to cook and bake from scratch, creating gluten free recipes was not too difficult for me.

My real connection with the internet happened in 2011 when I was healing from my abdominal surgery. I had nothing to do during those days so I spent my time watching TV, reading books or whatever required minimum movement. On one such day, my husband asked me if I could help him do some work on the computer. I was getting bored and needed something to do so I felt more than happy to engage myself in something other than books and TV. My experience with the internet before my surgery just consisted of me checking emails or occasionally looking at some gluten free recipes, but now that I had a lot more free time I actually started exploring more on the internet. One of these days I came across Google’s blogging platform, Blogger. It interested me. I followed the steps, scribbled about my gluten sensitivity and hit “publish’. It was free and in just a few minutes I ended up creating a blog. It was a step taken into the unknown, which was scary for me. However it soon became my addiction.

Writing a food blog has given me a platform to share my love of food that I grew up eating at home or wherever I traveled. The recipes posted here are not just for gluten free people but they are simply good for anyone. They are tried, tested and created by me or adapted from other sources. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed and that’s the fun of gluten free cooking and baking.

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy my gluten free recipes. All the content on this blog is copyright protected. If you want to use my image or recipes please let me know and provide a link to credit my work.  You can reach me at balvinder@simpleglutenfreekitchen.com

 

Updated August 2017

43 Comments

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    Charu April 7, 2013 (5:43 pm)

    Wow gf Flour must be hard to find when you eat out… Wonderful site you have here. I have to go check out more recipes now!!! Charu

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      Balvinder April 7, 2013 (6:16 pm)

      Not really Charu!I mostly order foods that are made from corn or have salads with meat. Now most restaurants offer GF Menu but I do have to search before I go anywhere. Even in India one can find G F chapatti flour and some baked goods.

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    Meera May 26, 2013 (5:34 pm)

    Hi there Neetu, so glad to have stumbled upon your website. I am not celiac but have been GF on and off for the past 2 years (more strictly for the past 3 months!), especially with my baking. Just like you, my love for baked goods know no bounds. And I also love naan with Indian/Pakistani food. I’ve tried to make GF rotis in the past and have had some luck but am excited to try your sorghum flour rotis, looks simple enough. I will most definitely be bookmarking several of your recipes and trying them in the days to come. Thanks!

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      Balvinder May 27, 2013 (6:59 am)

      I am glad you stumbled upon my site, Meera. Its not hard to follow gluten free life style, if you strictly follow some guidelines. I have no problem cooking at home or eating outside in a restaurant but when I go to my friend’s parties there I need to do some questioning. If you have read my recent post on Shahi Paneer, you will know there is gluten hidden in items you can not imagine.
      You will find some of the baked goods and even different types of gluten free flatbread recipes on my blog you will love. I will be looking forward for the feedback.

      Reply

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    techie2mom December 20, 2013 (10:58 am)

    Hey Balvinder, lovely about account you have.. Loved your witty writing style 🙂
    I can totally see that you love to take challenges head on!! Stay Blessed..

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      Balvinder December 21, 2013 (9:17 am)

      Thanks, techie mom! Gluten free lifestyle is definitely challenging, when you want to to make it healthier.

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    Kelina February 1, 2014 (1:15 pm)

    You totally rock!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. 🙂

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      Balvinder February 2, 2014 (4:50 pm)

      I am so glad you dropped by and commented. Hope you will enjoy my recipes 🙂

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    Tulika March 4, 2014 (12:17 pm)

    Hi Balvinder,

    I’ve only spent 10 minutes on your blog but I’m SO excited to see a gluten free Indian recipe site! For the last year or so I’ve been wanting to move away from my focus on wheat & sugar based food. My husband and I are Indian vegetarians and have been eating a lot more wheat breads/white breads/rice than we should. Back home our food had more variety – my grandmother’s Rajgira (Amaranth) paranthas, makki ki roti, bajre ki khichdi, jowar (Sorgham) methi thepla, tons of snacks made with besan etc., but I almost never make (or even remember to make) any of these now.

    Recently a close friend was diagnosed with a bunch of allergies – wheat, sugar, dairy, rice, tomatoes and most meats. She enjoys Indian food and this motivated me to look for Indian recipes that she can eat and also help me wean myself from my wheat addiction. I never imagined I would find such a wonderful resource of ideas and recipes, but the internet is full of surprises!! Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this site, I look forward to exploring it further and cooking gluten free!

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      Balvinder March 4, 2014 (8:31 pm)

      Hi Tulika, thank you so much for your amazing comment. When I first went gluten free I had no clue where to start and there was not even a single gluten free Indian recipe site. Since I loved cooking different cuisine, I stated experimenting and decided to create a blog to help new people love gluten free lifestyle…… You are right the food our mothers cooked had variety and this blog is my humble attempt to revive those countless memories I have of my mother’s recipes along with my own.
      Feel free to explore the recipes I already posted and sign up to receive email for more wonderful recipes or you can subscribe to my recently created flip board (by clicking my name on bottom right), where you can check my posts in magazine format.

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    Anupama September 24, 2014 (1:19 am)

    Hi Balvinder
    I stumbled upon your website via google + pic of the eye-catching dal. Being a Punjabi and having to be gluten free must be so hard. You have done an amazing job working positively towards the GF zone! Love the way you have said you are a research associate etc etc:) we do all the hard work and an appropriate name for the position is surely well earned.
    with best wishes to you
    Anupama

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      Balvinder September 24, 2014 (8:03 am)

      Thanks Anupama for visiting! Actually Indian food is very much gluten free other than our chapati and some sweets.
      Haha! every woman is a research associate. She does the most demanding job,..spending her entire life doing unpaid work at home, caring for kids, inculcating good values and also managing work and social life outside the house 🙂 Hope to see you more around here.

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        Anupama October 22, 2014 (8:22 am)

        very true indeed:)

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    apsara October 22, 2014 (3:44 am)

    Hi Balvinder, thank you for visiting my blog, it lead me to yours, and I’m very excited to find your lovely blog! Gluten-free is something I’m very interested in too, suspecting intolerance in myself. I’ll be exploring your blog a lot!

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      Balvinder October 22, 2014 (7:39 am)

      Thank you so much Apsara! I appreciate your kind words and expect that you find something interesting on my blog. Glad to have made a new blogger friend 🙂

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    kimberly May 1, 2015 (11:57 am)

    Hey… I too am a full time research associate in Human relations and Child development!! I only realized it just now – thanks to you! 😛
    And yes, its tough, its challenging, but its also fun and the most rewarding job ever 🙂

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      Balvinder May 2, 2015 (3:17 pm)

      Haha, Kimberly my child is an adult now and is in University but a mother’s responsibility never stops.
      I respect you for your effort and time of compiling a list of food bloggers to follow on Google+. Very pleased to find my name in it. Thank you!

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    Amila May 21, 2015 (12:10 am)

    Glad to find you here.Always there is something common in every foodie and food blogger which we can start a conversation. Like your site.Keep it up!Had a good time reading some posts.

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      Balvinder May 21, 2015 (6:02 pm)

      Yes, of course Amila! Food always bring people together. So glad you had good time reading some post, will check yours too.

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    dolly June 11, 2015 (12:09 pm)

    SSA Balvinderji, I just stumbled upon your site while googling for gluten free samosa recipe. I have an 11 year old daughter allergic to eggs, nuts (except peanuts) and all cereals (except white rice). when she was younger, she didn’t really care for Indian appetizers. But as she is growing and exploring her culture, she wonders if she can taste and enjoy different Indian flavors. Samosa is one such food that lures her. Your recipe includes sorghum, brown rice etc. I tried using Betty Crockers gluten free all purpose flour and it didn’t work for me. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me. I was thinking about incorporating some dal flour but thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask expert for help before I start experimenting on the rice flour/dal flour samosa crust. Your advice will be much appreciated; thank you so much!

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      Balvinder June 11, 2015 (5:01 pm)

      Hi Dolly,

      I see a lot of kids these days having multiple allergies.I am glad at least your daughter can eat peanuts, dairy and some other grains. My samosa recipe does not have sorghum flour. I used a blend of white rice flour and oat flour. Since oat is a cereal grain, you can totally add lentil flour. I have often added yellow mung daal and urad flour in my poorie recipes and they come out great. Its little hard to roll and fold but not impossible. Use cling wrap and don’t forget to add psyllum husk or xanthum gum for a binder.
      Happy cooking! Do let me know how everything goes.
      I am glad you stopped by and if you have any other question you are most welcome to ask.

      balvinder

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    Anupama July 2, 2015 (1:09 am)

    Dear Balvinder Ubi, I have been a fan of yours ever since I stepped in (my first comment is as above :)) So pleased I landed here. And ever since, every time anybody mentions ‘gluten-free’ the first space that comes to mind is your space. I mention it to them knowing for sure, they are going to be in a safe space and will benefit for everything you have to offer. 🙂 thank you 🙂

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      Balvinder July 2, 2015 (8:05 am)

      That’s the probably the best compliment I have ever received. Love you my dear! Friends like you who are exceptionally creative bloggers are my biggest inspiration 🙂

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    padma July 2, 2015 (1:54 am)

    Hi Balvinder Ubi, I’m so glad to have come across to know you through some friends on google plus and have been a silent follower of you!!….I thought it’s high time to be connected and that too through food!!…Loved your space and the benefits of following your gluten free recipes…I will be definitely stopping by now and then to enjoy your valuable recipes!!….Thank you dear…So very happy to be connected!!

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      Balvinder July 2, 2015 (8:02 am)

      So glad to meet you Padma.Thank you! I have enjoyed your wonderful recipes visually on Anu and Piyali’s G+ page. Would certainly check out more on your blog.

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        padma July 3, 2015 (5:48 am)

        Wow!!…Thank you dear and so happy to be connected!!..Have a great weekend!!

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    S K Sharma August 13, 2015 (7:58 am)

    Is there a mail order site to buy Gluten Free Corn Rotis or any other Gluten Free Rotis

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    Devi August 13, 2015 (5:07 pm)

    I stumbled across your website by chance when searching for a gluten free cake and roti. I am not allergic to gluten and I am grateful no one in my family is but i understand the allergies and other intolerances as we have many friends with assorted variations. When we have friends over with requirements, I always make sure that we meet them. There is a 6 year old girl of my best friend who is allergic to gluten and I tested your lemon pound cake and maggi noodles recipe for her. Those were fabulous recipes. I am going to pass on the link to my friend.

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      Balvinder August 20, 2015 (5:12 pm)

      Hi Devi,
      I am happy to have you and your friend as a reader.Welcome!
      And thanks for testing the recipes and giving me the feedback.

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    Apsara September 30, 2015 (5:16 pm)

    Hi Balvinder, my friend Devi recommended your site when we ate lemon pound cake at her house. My daughter loved it and want me to make it at home. I will try some of your other recipes too.
    My daughter loves cake pops a lot . Do you have a recipe for that?

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      Balvinder October 10, 2015 (5:22 pm)

      Hi apsara, welcome to my blog. I don’t have a cake pop recipe but you can make pops by crumbling any cake and adding frosting to it. They are easy but little time consuming. I will post cake pop recipe whenever I get a chance next year.

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    Jatender January 5, 2016 (11:39 pm)

    Hi Balvinder,

    I was diagnosed for gluten sensitivity year and half ago. Since then we have adopted the gluten free cooking, Me and my wife always look for recipes using the gluten free ingredients. Your site contains wealth of information and recipes and we will try them.

    Also you may already know but millstream foods now have lots of gluten free flours available.

    Thanks,
    Jatender

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      Balvinder January 6, 2016 (8:57 pm)

      Thank you for appreciating my blog jatinder! Yes I am familiar with millstream foods and I buy their yellow cornflour. Haven’t yet tried their chapatti flour. Last month I bought Teja’s gluten free chapati flour to test, its useless, very sticky, seems like there is no whole grain only starch, although the bag says it has sorghum and amaranth along with rice and corn flour.

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    IR May 21, 2016 (6:40 pm)

    Thank you for creating a GF website! Indian breads are tasty, but I cannot consume them anymore due to celiac disease. Now, I could follow your guidance!

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    Shailaja Desai July 9, 2016 (11:40 pm)

    Great blog Balvinder…I look forward to your gluten free recipes as I’m fairlygluten sensitive myself…How lovely to be living in gorgeous BC…we lived in Toronto,Ontario for seven years and then moved away for a bit…Happy to connect in this space…

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      Balvinder July 10, 2016 (7:26 am)

      Thank you, Shailaja! I am happy to connect with you too.
      Love your nick name:)

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    nepaliaustralian February 2, 2017 (6:19 pm)

    Really good blog and loved your approach in life. Will definitely try few recipes from here. Take care.

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      Balvinder February 2, 2017 (9:49 pm)

      Thank you!I’ll be glad.
      You too take care!

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    Dippy Dotty Girl March 31, 2017 (1:23 am)

    Baking with gluten-free flours is not at all easy. I have tried and I often fail horribly. Though I do not need to eat gluten-free products, I do not mind experimenting. I shall subscribe to your blog and hope to pick up tips from you, Balvinder. Thank you for dropping by my blog. Cheers.

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      Balvinder March 31, 2017 (6:40 am)

      Hi Dippy Dotty Girl,
      There is no need to GO on gluten free diet to add gluten free flours as new ingredients to modify your recipes.
      We should both thank Dolly,who re-shared your French Toast post on her blog and it took me to your blog.I’ll be more than glad to subscribe to your blog too.

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    Indu August 15, 2017 (11:53 am)

    Hi Neetu, Loved to read your story. Your passion for cooking comes through clearly and I can totally relate to that! You have an amazing blog here that I am going to explore in detail! thank you for stopping by my blog!

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      Balvinder August 15, 2017 (11:59 am)

      Hi Indu,
      Thank you for reading my story and your blog is lovely too.
      I thought my comment on your blueberry pie did not go through because it twice gave me an error note.