There's nothing quite like celebrating the end of the working week with an Indian curry, a cold beer and a night on the sofa. Many of us look forward to our Friday night takeaway all week, but there's no reason why this warming dish can't be a midweek (or even a few times a week!) occurrence. With delicious recipes that can be whipped up in no time and a brand new range of authentic Indian curries that will cost you a fraction of your takeaway, bringing the enticing flavours of India to your dinner table has never been easier.
Bringing the enticing flavours of India to your dinner table has never been easier
And the only thing that could be better than enjoying a mouthwatering curry for dinner with minimum fuss? An ice cold refreshing beer to wash it down with. We've rounded up eight sumptuous curry and beer pairings that you'll love.
For a weekend winner, try our homemade chicken tikka masala recipe that delivers succulent chicken by letting it marinade in tandoori powder, yogurt and lemon juice for three hours. Short on time? No problem! Asda's range of takeaway meals have been slow cooked to perfection and take less than 15 minutes to heat up so that you can enjoy flavourful, authentic Indian curries on your dinner table in no time. Discover eight perfect curry and beer pairings below.
Perfect pairing: Keralan Prawn Curry with Cobra
This traditional south Indian dish features the delicate flavours of cumin, coriander, curry leaves and Indian mustard, all served with a silky coconut milk sauce. To really let these exquisite flavours shine, team with a light, crisp drink like a refreshing Cobra Premium beer.
Perfect pairing: Homemade chicken tikka masala with Tiger
Although our clever take on an old curry favourite has far less fat (but is still as enticing) than the classic version, you still need a strong beer to cut through this dish's delicious creaminess. And the refreshing yet full-bodied Tiger Premium lager is the perfect match. Its silky texture and malty character are perfect compliments to this mildy spicy and rich sauce.
Perfect pairing: Beef and black pepper masala with Singha
With its medley of fiery Indian black pepper and sweet coconut milk, pairing this south Indian dish calls for a beer that can match its pungent flavours. Singha Thai beer is rich in taste with a strong hop flavour that can stand up to the poweful flavours of the curry. It's the perfect beverage to wash down all that melt-in-the-mouth meat.
Perfect pairing: Chicken butter masala with Whitechapel Porter Premium Ale
One of Punjab’s favourite dishes, chicken butter masala is made with succulent pieces of chicken, slow cooked with fresh tomatoes, ginger, garlic and dried red chillies, before being finished off with honey, cream, butter and roasted fenugreek leaves. The warming Whitechapel Porter Premium Ale will cut through the chicken’s richness and balance out the flavour, while allowing for a complex finish. Translation? Pure deliciousness with every mouthful.
Perfect pairing: Lamb Rogan Josh with Bank's Bitter
This traditional north Indian lamb stew is made with whole garam masala, fried onions, tomato and yogurt. For a beer that can stand up to the meaty flavour of this dish, try the amber Bank's Bitter. Its bitterness will soften the heat and salt, while lifting up the more delicate flavours of the sauce.
Chicken & Butternut Squash Korma with Blue Moon Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
An easy addition of creamy curry flavours makes this veg-packed dish a hit. Bring out the nuttiness of this dish with a sweeter ale, like a Belgian-style wheat beer that will cleanse the palate while balancing salt and acidity.
Perfect pairing: Bombay Potato Turmeric with Kingfisher
Golden turmeric gives this tasty dish its familiar colour, that's perfect as a side for curry, instead of rice, or as a light veggie main. This classic Indian spice deserves a classic Indian beer, so wash down these tasty potatoes with a clean and smooth Kingfisher beer. Don't forget the naan bread!
Perfect pairing: Mattar paneer curry with peas and cheese with Mainbrace India Premium Pale Ale
There's no need for vegetarians to miss out on all the fun! This tasty veggie curry is ready in just 15 minutes and is just as good to serve reheated the next day. Pair with Mainbrace India Premium Pale ale, a refreshingly smooth brew with light citrus notes that will balance out the creaminess of the cheese.
The key to a perfect curry is giving it enough time for all the flavours to meld together. As Asda development chef Rehan Ahmed says, "You can’t make curry in a hurry!" That’s why the spices and onions for Asda's ready meals are cooked on a low heat to caramelise, and why the sauces are all slow simmered to perfection.
"The lamb, beef and chicken are pre-marinated in Indian herbs and spices before being cooked to make them more flavoursome," Rehan reveals. And he certainly knows a thing or two about curries! Rehan's career started back in India in his mother’s backyard kitchen helping in her small catering business, before working his way up the culinary ladder to work at some of the finest dining establishments around the world, including five star hotels, luxury airlines and P&O cruises.
Discover some of Rehan's traditional ready-made curries here. Made with fresh and flavour-packed ingredients (our farm in Kent grows over 100 varieties of chili, including pink and chocolates coloured ones!), enjoying the taste of an authentic Indian curry has never been easier.