5 Wines to Pair with Indian Food Classics

 


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Saag Paneer
Is it too late to start a movement to make saag paneer a staple at every American Thanksgiving? While made with a variety of greens in India it is generally made with spinach in the U.S. and combined with cream and masala spice blends. We’ve all had creamed spinach, but the best part comes from the cubes of freshly made cheese that provide a wonderful textural contrast as well as adding a unique dairy flavor. I decided to choose a 2012 Martín Códax Albariño from Rías Baixas, Spain (100% Albariño (link grape), $15, 12.5% abv.)
 
There are many ways to pair a wine with food, and one is contrast. Here I wanted something to cut through the rich flavors and provide refreshment. This vintage of the popular Spanish white opened up with melon and floral aromas. On the palate, it shows mild white fruit flavors with bright, medium acidity and a slightly tart finish. Find a way to serve these together this holiday season and your family will be giving thanks to you.
 
Photo credit: Kohinoor Restaurant

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  • Great. I would love to have these dishes prepared and served each wine choices you have picked.thank you for opening me up to a new way of paring.

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM


  • Snooth User: pamela2
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    Have you ever tried Caymus Connumdrum with Indian food? I did a few years ago as part of a pairing exercise to match this wine with the most typical take out foods of NY and my favorite was the Chicken Tikka Masala.
    Try it and have fun!

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM


  • Snooth User: cma238
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    Pamela2 that sounds wonderful! Any options for...naan & cheese?? I know paneer is a cheese but what else?

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM


  • Snooth User: pamela2
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    Naan, even with cheese, is very mild: any light red or white will do. I'm biased to Beaujolais this time of year but this one is an easy pairing. I love that bread (and I am French so it says a lot), but usually get cheated by my kids who jump on it before we have anytime to get some.
    :)

    Nov 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    I love Indian food but never sure about the wines. Thank you for clarifying.

    Nov 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM


  • Beer always comes to mind as the best alcoholic beverage to accompany Asian or spicy food, but wine is also quite appropriate when correctly chosen. All of the wines you suggest are great with Asian or spicy food, but your choices are so good because I believe you have picked exactly the right varietal to go with its most appropriate dish. Well done! I have chosen the same or very similar varietals to go with Thai food. Fresh water should be served with the wines and save the tea for before or after the meal.

    Nov 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM


  • Snooth User: catseda
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    This is a great article. Not only beautifully written but crave-inducing also. Guess I'll be having Indian food for dinner.

    Nov 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM


  • Snooth User: Ben Carter
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    Glad you all enjoyed it! The research was delicious.

    Nov 15, 2014 at 7:30 AM


  • Snooth User: Damndit
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    This might sound strange but believe me this paring works with most Indian dishes. Australian Sparkling Shiraz, good ones would be Seppelts, Rockwood, Turkey Flat and the soon to be released Molly Dooker. As mentioned in the article a wine with a touch of sweetness generally pairs very well with Indian food. Sparkling Shiraz does have this sweetness as well as the spice Shiraz has along with its mocha and red berry flavours topped off with the oak imparted flavours of Vanilla and coconut, it just seems to compliment the spice and coconut flavours in the food. Give it a go and I think you will be very pleasantly surprised!

    Nov 19, 2014 at 3:53 AM


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