Raise a toast to these Indian foods with your drink

World Whisky Day

Whether you’re at the nightclub or hanging out with friends at a house party, two key ingredients can set you up for a fantastic evening ahead – the right spirit and the grub! Now, is there anything more blissful than achieving the absolute balance of your favorite drink with the right finger food? Not that we are aware of, at least!

While this truth stands strong, most of us are still painfully unaware of how to pair alcohol with the right finger food. The Indian cuisine brings about a ton of variety in taste, texture and flavors and thus, mingles beautifully with a range of drinks. From tangy tikkas and velvety kebabs to spicy chaats, you will always have something to complement your whisky collection.

Keen to know more? Browse through the options below to elevate your ‘whisky experience.’

Garlic chicken wings

Nothing spells heaven other than a plate of juicy garlic chicken wings. The mild tangy and chili flavor gives it a rich taste that works wonders when paired with Chivas Regal 12-Year-Old. Concocted using the finest malt and grain whiskies, this blended scotch contains notes of honey, ripe apple and vanilla to complement the palette.

Mutton ghee roast

An authentic Mangalorean delicacy, this melt-in-the-mouth mutton dish is made with a special coarse masala mix and ghee! The rich and juicy mutton is the match made in heaven for the nutty flavor and creaminess of The Glenlivet 15-Year-Old French Oak Reserve. If you are a red meat lover, you are bound to relish the subtle nuances of flavors in this combination.

Chicken/fish/paneer tandoori tikkas

Bite-sized meat, fish or cottage cheese, lightly marinated and grilled over charcoal, these succulent tikkas are something you can never say no to! Raise a toast to this appetizing starter with the rich, sweet and caramel flavored Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch. The smoky buttery gusto of tikkas harmonizes well with the full-bodied blended scotch whisky.

Aloo tikki chana chaat

Why should vegetarian delicacies be left behind when searching for whisky-food pairings? The street favorite aloo tikki chana chaat has the right amount of spice, tamarind and yogurt to tantalize your taste buds. Wash it down with The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old, and you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven. The tangy, crunchy character of the chaat pairs well with the smooth and soft notes of this single malt scotch whisky.

Shrimp fritter or Prawn pakora

Albeit a relatively new combination, the delicate flavors of seafood pair very well with grain sweetness and bitter notes of Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch. The crispy doughy prawn nuggets fried to golden perfection take the soft and subtle character of Ballantine’s to another notch. You just can’t go wrong here!

While we have just touched upon a few whisky-food pairings, there is so much more left to explore. The sweet finish of Ballantine’s blended scotch whisky works great with mutton boti kebabs. And the sweet and sour chicken is the best tangy companion to blended scotch like Chivas Regal. The list is endless, and this just substantiates the diverseness of the Indian food palette. Did we get your interest piqued? Check out The Whiskypedia for a detailed 101 guide to whiskeys. Whether you’re someone who just started exploring whisky or an avid aficionado, The Whiskypedia will take you through a journey of whiskies, one insight at a time!