Several months ago, American Airlines expanded their special meal offerings. If you are flying in first class and pre-order, AA domestic flights now offer many of the same choices as were previously available only on international flights. I pre-ordered the American Airlines Hindu meal when I flew from DFW to MIA on June 30, 2018. It wasn’t fantastic, but it was much better than many of the domestic offerings I have had recently.
Meal service started as it does on American. I was offered a hot towel, and later I received warm nuts and a drink. I should premise this by saying that I did not order the Hindu meal for religious reasons. That meant I was free to mix and match things as I saw fit. Happily, the flight attendant was in a generous mood and wanted to give me a large pour of bourbon. The Woodford Reserve bourbon, which I like very much. And, as I mentioned, an extremely large pour. With an extra bottle on the side in case I got thirsty.
After the hot towel, nuts, and drink service, the flight attendants began pushing the service cart down the aisle. When she got to me, my excellent flight attendant asked if I wanted the chicken or the pasta. I responded that I had pre-ordered a special meal. She said she remembered that and pulled it out. Everything came on one tray, which is pictured at the top of this post. The meal included a plastic-wrapped roll, although I was also able to make a selection from the warm bread basket.
The main dish was a paneer (cheese) curry. It was excellent. It was served with rice as well as some vaguely curried vegetables. Those were fine, but not nearly so good as the paneer. I also received a very well done salad with balsamic vinaigrette. One dish, however, was weird. I was served a raw bell pepper. Inside it were lightly pickled cucumbers and onions. These weren’t the kind of pickles you sometimes receive at Indian restaurants. They also weren’t standard U.S. pickles. It felt very out of place on the plate.
The dessert was a fruit compote on top of cream on top of cake. That was amazing. I enjoyed it enough to look for something like it in a restaurant on the ground. All of the other passengers received the standard warm chocolate chip cookie for dessert. By that point, however, the bourbon had kicked in. I asked if I could have one too. My gracious flight attendant gave me one.
I enjoyed the American Airlines Hindu meal very much. Curries keep well at altitude, and it was nice to have something other than the standard offerings. Remember that you have to pre-order this meal. Happy flying!
Other meals in the sky:
- American Airlines domestic first class meal experience
- Japan Airlines long haul first class to Jakarta
- United Airlines first class meals to San Juan