5 Alcoholic Beverages that Pair with Parsi Cuisine Favourites

The Parsi New Year that originated in Persia is celebrated with much fanfare in India too. So when Sofitel announced a 12 day “Parsi Culture to Cuisine Festival” with the Ripon Club starting the 7th of August, off we headed one evening. The Pondichéry Café adorned a festive look with installations made of glass and wood, a library of books and traditional Gara Saris (traditional embroidered silk saris)

We stepped into Pondichery Café and noticed quirky wall arts, traditional Parsi drinks in various flavours- raspberry, ice cream, slice and tables laden with the banana leaf to denote a Parsi wedding. Funny and jovial bawa tips placed on the tables made us smile and the live music lifted our mood. The buffet boasted of delicious and mouth-watering favourites like Lagan nu Stew, Patrani Machi, Tittori, Chicken Farcha, Patra Paneer and desserts like Lagan nu custard. The busy servers played their part to the fullest with the traditional Parsi attire- the Dugli.

But this time Wicked Spoon Confessions wanted more. Not only we wanted to relish the sumptuous Parsi cuisine, which is an amalgamation of Iranian and Gujrati flavours, we also yearned for the perfect alcoholic beverage that would compliment these delicacies. So here are the 5 Alcoholic Beverages that pair with Parsi Cuisine Favourites:

Lagan nu Stew

1. Akoori

A spicy scrambled egg preparation usually eaten with pav or double roti pairs well with sparkling wine like Chandon Brut.

Chandon is a fresh, vibrant and crisp sparkling wine which pairs well with the spicy flavors.

2. Patra ni Machhi

An extremely popular dish, traditionally served at Parsi weddings and other celebratory occasions. This steamed fish delicacy pairs well with Camas Chardonnay. Camas Chardonnay is a lean & high acidic wine that harmonizes well with this flavorful steamed fish delicacy covered with chutney and wrapped in banana leaf.

Image Courtesy Patra ni Machhi - www.hungryandexcited.com

3. Sali Murgh

A spicy curry based dish served with fried matchstick potatoes pairs well with a chilled lager beer, preferably Heineken.The spicy taste of Sali Murgh blends well with the malty sweetness of Heineken, a match made in heaven.

4. Mutton Dhansak

Mutton Dhansak is a delicious blend of masalas, dal and mutton that pairs well with Kim Crawford Pinot Noir. This aromatic and elegant Pinot Noir from New Zealand boasts of a smooth velvety finish that compliments the zing of the masalas of the spicy Dhansak.

5. Lagan nu custard

This rich and creamy caramelized traditional Parsi dessert flavored with nuts, pairs well with Louis Roederer Champagne that is delicious, smooth and mature. Structured, fruity and fresh, Louis Roederer Champagne is best served chilled.

So enjoy the delicious “Parsi Culture to Cuisine Festival” at Sofitel Mumbai BKC with a glass of a well paired beverage to enhance the flavours and double the fun.

Vintage Cars for the Parsi festival at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC

Where: Pondichéry Café, Sofitel Mumbai BKC
From: August 7th to 18th August, 2015

Lunch: 12:30 pm onwards
Dinner: 7:00 pm onwards

What Do You Pay for a Meal: 
Lunch INR 2,207 (plus taxes)
Dinner: INR 2,314 (plus taxes)

Parsi wall art at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC

Disclaimer: This post caters to audience above 25 years of age. Alcohol consumption is injurious to health, drink responsibly, don't drink and drive. 


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