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Unusual food combinations that work well

Ditch that boring bread and cheese platter and try pairing your favourite wine with these unusual foods!

india Updated: Jun 07, 2013 19:15 IST
Amrutha Penumudi
Amrutha Penumudi
Hindustan Times
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Do you like experimenting with quirky food combinations? If you love pairing your idlis with ketchup and are not completely averse to eating khichdi with a side of sardines, then here’s another challenge that you can take up to expand your palate. Recently, All Things Nice organised an interesting event where wines were served with contrasting foods such as vada pav and chaat. We speak to four prominent wine experts in the city to find out what combinations they have played with.

Ajay Shetty, MD, Myra Wines
Crouchen Riesling with fried rice and hunan chicken: “I particularly like this combination because I think the wine perfectly cuts into the spices of the fried rice and contrasts the flavour, only making it taste better.”
Coorg pandi curry with Sauvignon Blanc: “This pork curry is another south Indian spicy delicacy that just hits the right notes when savoured with a Sauvignon or any other acidic white wine for that matter.”
Shiraz Viognier with Xiao Lin Bao: “I am a big fan of street food, and have noticed that savouries like Xiao Lin Bao dumplings go really well with the Shiraz or any other red wine.”

Aneesh Bhasin, Co-Founder and CEO, Indian Wine List
Sev Puri with white wine: “I have realised that sev puris go well with crisp, fresh white wines, like a good Chenin or Sauvignon Blanc.”
Salmon and champagne: “It’s an interesting pairing for breakfast in the morning. Try it once.”
Reese's chocolate and port wine: “I don’t mean Indian port wine here (which is not port and can’t be called port legally). Port wine from Portugal.”

First Published: Jun 07, 2013 16:49 IST