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East Indian Currant Wine

Making homemade wine is simple easy and fuss free. My family has been making this homemade currant wine for generations and it taste delicious ever single time. Sweet, fruity and a beautiful color that will have every one talking.
Course Drinks
Cuisine East-Indian, Indian
Keyword Currants, East-Indian recipes, homemade, Indian, wine
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 16 days
Total Time 16 days 45 minutes
Servings 8 bottles
Calories 161kcal
Cost $20


  • 1 kg Black currants
  • 2 kgs Sugar
  • 120 grams Wheat grains (1 cup)
  • 30 grams Instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 ltr Water (6 cups)

For the burnt sugar

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water


  • Wash and clean the currants - remove any stalks.
  • In a bowl add 1/2 cup warm water (no more than 110F)
  • Add the yeast and let rest for 3 minutes
  • In a large jar combine sugar, currants and water
  • Then add the wheat grains and yeast mixture.
  • Leave to macerate for 2 weeks. During these 2 weeks.
    Mix it every alternate days and crush the currants with clean hands to remove as much of the juice as possible. (do not use a blender)
  • After two weeks. Strain it - first with a sieve. Then with a muslin or cheesecloth.
  • Pour it back into a clean jar

Prepare burnt sugar/dark caramel

  • Place the sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Let the sugar cook until it turns a deep amber color
  • When you have the right color take it off the heat and add the remaining water.This will prevent from becoming more darker.
  • Add the sugar caramel to the wine - stir well

Mature the wine

  • Leave the wine to mature for two more weeks undisturbed in a cool dry place.
  • After two weak - carefully bottle the wine in sterilized glass bottles.
  • Try not to disturb the jar too much as you want to avoid the sediments at the bottom mixing into the wine again.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 30.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg