India’s wine history dates back to the Bronze Age. But post the British rule, wine making and its consumption came to a standstill in India. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that the concept of wine-making again caught on with the masses. And India has an abundant wine supply owing to the wine- growing regions in Nasik and Bangalore. It is a nation of foodies, and even though wine-drinking is existing since more than two decades, one doesn’t know what to eat while drinking wine. With Indian food which has an inherent constitution of richness – be it spices, flavours, ingredients, at most times is susceptible in dampening out the experience of wine as an accompaniment. Or for that matter, an active participant in the Indian meal, if you please. Broadly, White Wine pairs best with certain Indian food while certain others foods are better suited with Red Wines.
Here are our Indian food recommendations to pair with White Wine, to help enhance your wine and dine experience.
It may not be always that you have a wine sommelier’s recommendations for the dishes per se more than the house wine list. When it comes to Indian Appetizers ( think Paneer Tikka, Kumbh Galouti, Cheesy Bruschchetta ) and more. So, here’s what goes best with White Wine in our opinion. While zeroing in on siders, make sure to look out for those that are prepared using cheese. A Paneer Tikka or Chicken Tikka sets the tone for the rest of the meal. Even a serving of sea-food is sure to better your wine and dine experience. Thereby even a fish starter, will go perfectly well with the meal.
People are often advised against consuming Indian breads but they go just fine with White Wine. Hence don’t hold yourself back from ordering yourself an extra piece of butter naan. A lentil curry is more often than not a given with Indian meals. You can opt for a creamy textured one, it will perfectly compliment the lightness of the wine. You just can’t go wrong with a Dal Makhani.
For the second item in the main course, you can pick a potato-prepared delicacy or even one which contains spinach. Even a dish that’s prepared in a tomato-based gravy would suit a white wine. Hence, going by the above recommendations one could order Palak (Spinach), Paneer Butter Masala. And the chicken lovers can order a butter chicken or a coconut based chicken curry as well.
Moving on to desserts, single out the one which has nuts as one among the ingredients. Because the delightful flavor of White Wine perfectly blends in with the nuts. A Kulfi or a Shahi Tukda is an ideal way to end the meal.
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