Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

nicole
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I like the recipe on just hungry for lentil snacks, but I can't have wheat gluten anymore, so bulgur is out.

I need a substitute for it, and I was thinking about cooked brown rice. It's a little nutty, which I think would replace what might be lost from the bulgur.

Does anyone who's familiar with these have any ideas about alterations to make them gluten-free? Does the brown rice sound like it would work?

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

I use bulghur as a high fibre substitute for rice in many recipes, so I can't see why you shouldn't be able to go the other way around. Rice takes a lot longer to cook than bulghur, so if the bulghur is added uncooked to any recipe (as it is in my falafel recipe) you'd have to pre-cook the rice and decrease the amount of liquid you add.

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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

We non-gluteners can have the lentil snack version from justbento.com which has brown rice. That's my first thing to make this week if I haven't packed the ingrediants yet (Fingers crossed).

Do you think polenta might work? I haven't played with polenta much but you can make a porridge out of it so it must have some gluey qualities.

nicole
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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

Oh! I didn't know the recipe in justbento.com was different from the one on justhungry.com, so I see now that brown rice would work.

I find making polenta tries my patience. :) Cornmeal mush is easy though, and that *might* work, but I think rice is stickier.

One of the first bready things I made when I went off gluten was cornbread. It is actually the best cornbread I have *ever* made and possibly the best I've ever had. Here's the recipe for that: http://www.blendtec.com/recipecard.aspx?id=140

I used brown rice flour and fine ground cornmeal (Indian Head brand) and got great results. Also, I think the 9x9 pan is too big -- the cornbread is too thin. I double this for a 9x9 square pan.

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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

I use cous cous. I prefer it to either rice or bulgar wheat.

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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

Being made from wheat, cous cous would be no good for the gluten intolerant however.

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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

Couscous is (usually) made of wheat flour (regular and durum wheat) though, so it's not good for gluten-intolerent people. You can also try other grains that provide a bit of texture interest, such as millet. I just happen to always have some brown rice around so I used that in my variation.

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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

Oh, I hadn't read the gluten intolerance bit! As you can tell, I don't have a problem with wheat, just reading!

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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

Would quinoa be a worthy substitution?

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Re: Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

Not easy to find, but there is a cous cous made with millet that's gluten free.
A number of wholefood websites in Australia seem to stock it, but for the rest of us, stores specialising in West African food seem to be the best bet (it's a speciality of Senegal). Millet cous cous may also be called Karaw.
I going to hunt around for this for myself.

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