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Snake oil?

Well, the Sunday roast lamb I talked about the other day (Plane drunk) became last night’s lamb curry (with the addition of a jar of Morrisons Shallot & Roasted Garlic Dopiaza).  It’s difficult to know what to drink with a curry … actually, no it isn’t – tradition has it that you have to drink lager with curry – it’s in the rules, isn’t it?  I must admit that I’ve tried different beers with curries, but the powerful and spicy tastes tend to overpower the flavour of most beers, and I usually end up with lager – something that is at least cold and wet and tastes a bit like beer.  Of course, somebody spotted the gap in the market, and along came Cobra which, it is claimed, was developed especially to accompany Indian food.  Whether or not this is true, and whether or not it is just marketing hype – I do like Cobra beer.  It’s stronger than your average mass-produced “throwing lager” at 5% and it has far more taste.  Apparently brewed to “an original Indian recipe” – even though it uses Bavarian hops – it does have quite a lot of character, and I enjoy drinking it even without an accompanying curry.  It claims to be less gassy than “regular” lagers, and it’s certainly true that it doesn’t make me feel quite as bloated after a couple of glasses with a curry … rice, naan bread, daal, sag bhaji,………..

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