The BEST Wine Pairings for Indian Food

Wondering what the best wines to pair with Indian food are? Here are some great options depending on the type of dish that you’re eating.

Indian cuisine is diverse and rich in flavors, and finding the right wine pairing can enhance the dining experience. Here are some general guidelines for pairing wine with different types of Indian dishes.

Spicy Dishes

Off-dry or slightly sweet whites, such as Riesling or Gewürztraminer, can help balance the heat. A sparkling wine like Prosecco or Champagne also works well.

Tandoori and Grilled Dishes

Consider red wines with moderate tannins, like Pinot Noir or Grenache. A fruity red wine, such as Zinfandel or Shiraz, can complement the smoky flavors of tandoori dishes.

Curries (Mild to Medium)

Light to medium-bodied red wines like Merlot or Malbec can pair well with milder curries like butter chicken. A slightly oaked Chardonnay or Viognier can also complement the flavors.

Overhead shot of indian butter chicken in black bowl with naan and lime wedges.

Spicy Curries

For spicier curries, opt for bold and robust red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah/Shiraz. A fruity and slightly sweet rosé can also be a good choice.

Paneer Dishes

Lighter reds like Pinot Noir or a crisp and refreshing white like Sauvignon Blanc can complement the creamy texture of paneer dishes.


Aromatic white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris can work well with the fragrant and flavorful biryani. A light red wine, such as Beaujolais, can also be a good match.

Overhead shot of prawn biryani in serving bowl topped with raita.

Samosas and Pakoras

Crisp and dry whites like Sauvignon Blanc or sparkling wines can cut through the fried and spiced elements of these appetizers.


Sweet dessert wines like Sauternes, Moscato, or late-harvest Riesling can complement the sweetness of Indian desserts like Gulab Jamun or Jalebi.

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The BEST Wine with Indian Food

Wondering what the best wines to pair with Indian food are? Here are some great options depending on the type of dish that you're eating. This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a deliciously spiced Indian dish that's easy to make with the help of your crockpot. It pairs well with a dry Riesling.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, and sauté until onions become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, flour, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, chili powder, and salt & pepper until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1-2 minute. 
  • Place chicken into a slow cooker. Cover with sauce mixture. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours, or high heat for 3 hours. 
  • Serve garnished with cilantro and greek yogurt. 
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Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 891mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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