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Gluten Free Rotis

What are Gluten free Rotis and why do we need to eat them?

When it comes to inflammatory foods, no matter how much we want to resist, Gluten tops the list. This is the one which nobody wants to give up. While many of India’s renowned Nutritionists trash the gluten free idea, and a major part of prescribed diets have gluten, why is going gluten free a non negotiable in the world of Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition? Do any of these statements sound familiar? Or have you yourself spoken these out loud?

Bread is wholesome. It makes me feel happy. It’s my comfort food

I don’t each much gluten. I only eat it once in a way so it doesn’t matter that I eat it

I feel tired and bloated after eating bread, but it makes me feel happy and nourished on a whole different level

When it comes to Gluten, there really are no grey areas. It’s either gluten free or not. The statement that bread makes you happy is a profound and telling one. And the science of that is a whole article in itself., which will come up very soon. Please look out for that, especially if you are someone who feels deprived when not eating bread! I also know that many of you will want to know is gluten really bad?!

Across the world of Functional Medicine, Gluten is the major player in inflammation and is a non negotiable. Dr John Douillard, author of Eat Wheat, speaks about how you can consume wheat again, once you have optimised your digestion and when you have enough digestive enzymes and acids to break down wheat and gluten. This is my take. Most of the people seeking Functional Nutrition counselling have complex health challenges, and severe digestive distresses that contribute to other health signs, symptoms and diagnosis.

In a physiological terrain that is so wounded, and so inflamed, we cannot even hope to bring resolution, without removing the foods that are difficult to break down, and consequently cause further inflammation. 

That said, I know that with my ethnicity, Rotis are local and part of our culture. For the longest time, my conscience battled within. I tried my best to convince myself the gluten free business was bogus. I convinced myself it was not required in India. Slowly I thawed and decided within myself that I would give this crazy rubbish a try. Lo and behold, after many months of removing it, I stopped having chronic nausea, acid reflux, urticaria, constipation and insomnia. Along the way, what drove me absolutely crazy was the gluten free roti recipes I tried, which broke into smithereens when I rolled them and when I cooked them. And if they lasted till my plate, then they did not hold my curry! By the time I made 6 for all of us, I was sure to have a fight with my husband over the sheer frustration of this stuff! After all, when it doubt, blame the spouse is the universal mantra isnt it? And really for no fault of theirs! With all my experiments, this was the combination that was the miracle one! It rolled, it cooked through my flipping, it lasted through my curry, it even rolled into stuffed parathas! So, if gluten free is something you want to try as a first step towards reducing inflammation, grab this recipe and give it a try. Oh, and do write in and tell me if it was a success, and also share your gluten stories with me on the blog or in the facebook group. I’d love to hear more:-) And look out for a future Psychology of our Physiology blog on why not gluten?






Gluten Free Rotis

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Gluten Free Rotis that are easy to roll and cook. Satisfy your craving for bread with this anti inflammatory recipe
Servings 4


  • 1 Cup Jowar Flour
  • 1 Cup Amaranth Flour
  • I Tsp. Ghee
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • Water


  • Buy Organic Jowar whole and powder or buy Jowar flour
  • Buy Organic Amaranth flour 
  • Use Organic Desi Ghee
  • Mix all the ingredients with salt and enough water and knead for a while until soft. Roll into 6" Rotis and cook on a hot pan with a little ghee. Serve Hot!


Don't be driven mad by gluten free flours that break into bits. Try this combination and still enjoy your rotis.

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Book Acquisition by HarperCollins India

Here’s that exciting news I spoke about to coincide with the one year anniversary of The Sleep Whisperer Podcast! Writing a book and becoming part of that magical group of authors is a dream!

Three years ago I wrote a book which I titled Sleep Whisperer, looking at sleep from a very in depth perspective, and tying together the cutting-edge science of functional medicine and eastern ancient wisdom. The story of how I wrote that book is indeed magical and a mixture of spiritual guidance and astrology(by my spiritual guide and mentor Shyam @himalayan.yogi ). It’s also been a lot of sacrifice and hard work during times that were stressful, challenging and testing in all ways.

The journey of the book from concept to acquisition is also a magical path which I will share much later. For now, I’m just humbled, grateful and quite simply excited to announce that the book has been acquired by Sonal Nerurkar @sonal_nerurkar of @harpercollinsin HarperCollins India! Sonal’s faith in the book has been unwavering and I’ll forever be grateful for it. I can’t wait for the final book release next year!

None of this would be possible without the trust, hard work, dedication and patience of my most beautifully warm literary agent Jayapriya Vasudevan @jayapriyavasudevan of Jacaranda Literary Agency. I cannot put into words what her belief in the book and being my warrior for it means to me.

I’m also deeply grateful for the dear colleagues and mentors who have made contributions to the book. That is a surprise for later! You can follow everything about the sleep podcast and book at @mysleepwhisperer

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