What to drink with dal
This week the UK’s first ever dal festival is taking place in my home town of Bristol and to celebrate I thought I’d explore what drinks pair best with dal.
Generally of course dal wouldn’t be eaten on its own but with a curry and/or rice dish of some kind like a biryani but this week is a celebration of the ingredient and dish itself so I’m focussing on that.
8 great drinks to pair with dal
Dal recipes obviously vary so you’ll need to experiment!
I mean, come on, this is Bristol. Let’s celebrate our regional drink. Besides it goes REALLY well with gently spiced food like dal
I’m not thinking of Kingfisher more like a good craft lager like Lost & Grounded’s Keller pils.
Not as well known as Alsace’s other grape varieties such as riesling and gewürztraminer but I really like its refreshingly fruity character with a dal
Rosé works surprisingly well with Indian food. I’d personally choose a dry-ish style from Provence or elsewhere in the south of France
A virgin mojito
And other lime-based drinks. Even a Rose’s lime cordial!
Or mango lassi if you prefer but I like salted with dal. There’s a nice recipe here.
Not a huge fan myself but it would definitely work. My local Indian restaurant, Thali does a Arrack Sour cocktail with Ceylon arrack shaken with coconut water, lime and egg white which would totally hit the spot.
Cold brew tea
I was going to suggest chai but I think cold brew tea would be even nicer. There’s a useful guide on brewing up on the Samovar tea website
To find out more about the Bristol Dal Festival and the dal trail visit the organisers website. There's an all-day even on Sunday 25th.
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