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Vouvray Wines & Mughlai Cuisine @ Darbar, Chowdown #56

Melanie Wong | Nov 20, 2003 02:55 PM

Last night, 14 curry-divers gathered at Darbar in San Francisco, including visiting chowhounds Denise and Bill from the Great White North (Newfoundland!), for a survey of Vouvray wine styles and Mughlai cuisine. Many thanks to my co-hosts, Shreesh Taskar, for coming up with the idea and helping select the wines and to Neena Taskar for choosing the menu. They are both new to the chowhound community and jumped into their first chowdown as organizers!

As I am still moving sloooowly after the night’s excesses, I’ll just post the menu and wine list for now and ask for comments on the individual dishes and wines. Thank you all for your good humor, spirited conversation and for raising $210 in GoodWill for Chowhound.com.

Darbar: A Survey of Mughlai Cuisine

APPETIZERS
Chapli Kebab: A Lahori specialty – Panfried/roasted yummy thingies of minced meat, lentils, herbs and spices
Tandoori Prawns
Tandoori Murgh Boti- Grilled cubes of chicken breast

MEATS
Nargisi Kofta: Meat wrapped egg balls in curry
Karahi Chicken: Sauteed chicken with fresh tomatoes and cilantro
Achar Gosht: Goat curry with peppers, mango pickles, and spices
Keema Mater: Ground beef/lamb with peas
Nihari: Slow cooked seasoned beef leg bones

VEGETABLES
Sarson Ka Saag: Traditional mustard spinach pureed with spices
Gobi Aloo Menthi: Cauliflower and potatoes seasoned with fenugreek
Daal Makhani: Lentils with cream sauce in a down-home preparation

BREADS
Makke Ki Roti: Traditional Punjabi roti, similar to corn tortillas
Plain, Garlic and Onion Naan
Paratha:

RICE
Sindhi Biryani: Saffron-flavored basmati rice layered with lamb curry sauce
Darbari Chawal: Basmati rice cooked with cumin and saffron

RAITA
Boondi Raita: Yogurt palate-cleanser with chickpea crisps

DESSERTS
Gulab Jamun: Royal sweets of deep-fried milk solids
Darbari kheer: Rice pudding

Vouvray Wines: A Survey of Styles

A. NV Champalou Petillant Brut, $15 (Importer and Retailer: Kermit Lynch)

B. 2001 Marc Brédif, $10 (Importer: Maison Marques Domaines, Retailer: Wine Club)
C. 2002 Champalou, $13
D. 2002 Domaine Pichot, Dom. Le Peu de la Mariette, $9 (Importer: Vineyard Brands, Retailer: Wine Club)
E. 2002 Sula Chenin Blanc, India, $10 (Retailer: Wine Globe)

F. 1997 Domaine de la Fontainerie, Coteau la Fontainerie, $26 (Importer: Beaune Imports, Retailer: K&L Wines)
G. 2000 Champalou, Le Clos de Portail, $23
H. 2002 Champalou, Cuvée Fondreaux, $15

I. 1989 Champalou, Cuvée Catherine, $72
J. 1989 Huet, Le Mont, Premier Trie, $60 (Importer: Robert Chadderon, Retailer: Rare Wine Co. of Sonoma)
K. 1995 Bourillon-Dorleans, La Coulée d'Or-Tris de Nobles Grains Moelleux, $33 (Importer: Diamond Wine Merchants, Retailer: Amphora)
L. 2001 Champalou, Cuvée Moelleuse, $20

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