Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Dec 15, 2009 11:35 AM

Indian dinner at a friend's house

We've been invited to an Indian dinner and I'm not sure what to bring. Typically , we'd bring a bottle of wine and/or beer. I'm thinking a bottle of Indian wine but have no idea what they're like.

Any idea of something appropriate we can bring - doesn't have to be wine


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Wine is fine. Although, so far as I'm aware, India produces no wine. And if it does, said wine will be practically impossible to find.

    Instead, just seek out a solid domestic white. Chateau St. Jean chard is my old standby for Indian food.

    And make sure your wine is well chilled!

    3 Replies
    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      There are actually several wineries and vineyards in India. Grover Vineyards and Sula are two that I know of, although there are many more.

      1. re: boogiebaby

        Interesting! Live and learn. Do you know where in India they're located? I'm guessing up north, perhaps in the Himalayan foothills.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          sula is in maharastha. like I said above/below, the wines are ok, no better. in a place with other choices (i.e. most places in India) no reason to choose these.

    2. My stand-by wine for Indian is a Gewurtztraminer. Only slightly sweet - but enough to offset the spice.

      1 Reply
      1. re: cackalackie

        Wurtz is definitely a popular favorite with Indian food. Another possibility is a nice, acidic pinot grigio.

      2. I prefer beer to wine with Indian. Kingfisher is pretty good and the most likely to be found outside of India.

        2 Replies
        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Me, too - beer goes better with Indian food than wine!

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            I'm in agreement with Sam. I much prefer a crisp lager to wine with Indian food, though I don't typically drink alcohol with South Asian cuisine. Perhaps from force of habit, I prefer a sharbat like Rooh-Afza. The spices compliment the food, while the sweetness cuts through the spice.

          2. I've never attended or hosted an Indian dinner where wine was served. We usually have a drink before or after dinner, and drink water with the meal. There are so many different flavors going on with all the spices I want to be able to taste them. I would imagine that wine can muddle the flavors.

            I think it's fun to make a sharbat or lassi.

            This is an excellent recipe for a Sharbat.

            1. Agree that beers would be better than wines. Something like Kingfisher or a lighter, ice cold lager tastes best IMO. If you really want to do wine, I agree with the Gewurztraminer suggestion. The other commonly recommended ones are barely sweet sparkling wines or Rieslings. Chateau St. Michelle makes a dirt cheap decent Riesling -- usually our booze of choice at inexpensive BYOB Indian places. I won't disclose what horrible, low-grade sparkling wines we drink on such occasions. It's just too embarrassing.

              I'd stay far, far away from the Indian wines. I know they're supposed to be getting better, but I haven't had one that I've liked, yet. Probably isn't worth the trouble to find.