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wine/beer pairing for chicken tikka masala?

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I'm making a special birthday dinner for a friend - chicken tikka masala - and would love some recommendations for wines and beers that would be a good complement. predominant spices are cumin/coriander/cardamom (in the garam masala mix), cumin/coriander/cayenne (as a rub), and garlic/ginger/serrano (as part of the masala sauce). thanks 'hounds.

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    1. I'd suggest an Indian Beer like Yeti for thematic consistency, though I'd probably be happier with Singha Thai Beer.

      1. We moved this thread over from the SF Bay Area board. We had to pick one of wine or beer to move the thread to and we opted for Wine. If you've got any beer pairings to suggest, please start another thread over on the beer board ( http://www.chowhound.com/boards/35 ).

        1. This question comes up rather frequently.

          Here are some rather recent threads with suggestions for wine pairings, with some specific references to tikka masala:
          What wine with Indian?
          Has anyone ever found a red wine that works with spicy (Thai / Indian) food?
          Need Wine Recs for Indian Food

          1. Try a Gruner Veltliner. Or a Gewurztraminer. And enjoy!

            1. WINE: Riesling or Gewurztraminer. In general it's alot easier to find a great riesling than it is a great gewurztraminer, so unless you're quite wine-conversant, go with a 2005 Mosel kabinett (which are abundant)...

              BEER: Hands-down my favorite beer for this cuisine is a fine wheat microbrew... there are so many examples of these. Be sure to "decant" the beer with a hard pour into the glass (warning, wheat beers foam like crazy)... let the foam subside, it takes a minute or two. Some German wheats are incredible for this cusine: Paulaner Wheinstephaner, Julius Echter, Ayinger, and Konig-Ludwig are all great. Paulaner is first choice with that trademark clove backnote...

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              1. re: Chicago Mike

                Flying Dog's Woody Creek White Belgian-style witbier, which has orange peel and coriander in it, is spectacular with Indian food.

              2. Taj Mahal beer.

                It is the best of these Indian beers:

                1. For wine, a German riesling or an off-dry gewurztraminer. Or a sparkling wine.
                  If it's really spicy, an off-dry beer. One used to be called OB (Oriental Beer) from Korea but I guess it's made under a different name now.

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                  1. re: SteveTimko

                    I like to use demi-sec Vouvrays as a great all-purpose wine- it seems to accompany anything. But along the lines of your sparkling wine suggestion- I seem to recall having a great demi-sec Cremant a while back that had a really nice 'dairy like' quality, and may have even been from the Loire valley (I wish I could remember more details). Something like that would be a great accompaniment to a dish as rich as CTM.

                  2. I just stumbled on a really nice pairing, I was trying the Recipezaar CTM recipe that was recommended in another post (and it was great). We were drinking red wine and halfway through, my son asked if I wanted a cider. I finished eating the CTM with an Hornsby hard cider, amber draft and it was great.

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                      1. re: maria lorraine

                        There are a number of previous posts on pairing tikka, if you'd like to search the board.

                    1. I really like Sky River's dry mead with spicy indian food. It can be a sublime pairing.