Plant-based takeaway-owner in Hemel Hempstead launches vegan and gluten-free menus after struggling to eat out with family

She says ‘crisps and cereal bars aren’t ideal when you are starving’

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A plant-based takeaway owner from Hemel Hempstead has launched dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free menus after limited eating–out options meant her family often ended up with crisps and cereal bars.

Khana Cookery owner Sima Milligan recently turned to the diet along with her husband to help alleviate his chronic arthritis.

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The couple researched omitting meat and dairy as a way to reduce inflammation.

What's cooking? Sima gets to work.What's cooking? Sima gets to work.
What's cooking? Sima gets to work.

Meanwhile, their daughter Sofia is gluten intolerant while another, Zara, has problems consuming dairy.

But their dietary needs mean being out and about can prove difficult at meal times.

Sima explained: “There's usually an array of meat options, then one vegan offering which you have to just eat if you like it or not.

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If my daughter wants to eat the vegan option it's rarely gluten-free.

“The worst times have been when we are on the road. I've been in situations where the meal deal options have nothing plant based or gluten-free. We ended up eating crisps and cereal bars which isn't ideal when you are starving.”

And takeaway nights are not much easier.

The mum-of-three added: “If we want to all eat from the same place it's near impossible. We don't get takeaways at all anymore. I make everything and it's frustrating as, working full time, I'd love to be able to just order something!”

The dilemma has inspired Sima to launch menus offering extensive vegan, gluten and dairy-free takes on North Indian cuisine.

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Sima said: “All the dishes we started with were lovingly passed down to me from my grandmother.

“I have used the traditional flavours from her recipes and I have put my own modern twist on them. It's always been really important to me to stand out especially in a town saturated with Indian restaurants and takeaways.”

Among her most popular menu creations is her gluten and dairy-free naan bread, a side staple usually made with ghee (from butter) and wheat flour.

And she says the family is all gluten-free trained, with designated areas for handling the protein.

As well as providing a takeaway service, the family also hosts pop-up restaurant events around the county.

Follow Khana Cookery on Facebook for more information.