I have been waiting for this post ever since we started this football food journey! This week, we are highlighting the football team from one of my favorite cities. Even though I know almost nothing about football, my favorite team has to be the Oakland Raiders. Dan and I are huge Oakland A’s and Golden State Warrior fans. To finish this set and root for my favorite area, the Raiders are definitely the team I cheer on every week. A huge reason why I love Oakland teams, is because I lived there for three years. My first years of teaching happened in Oakland, and some of my best memories transpired in that wonderful place. When we needed a recipe to represent the Oakland Raiders, these Tikka Masala Samosas were deliciously born. Even though the connection may not make sense, to me, these samosas perfectly represent my favorite team.
When we set out to think of what to make for the Raiders, I at first struggled. So many foods that I constantly crave are in Oakland and when I had to settle on one food to choose, I had such a hard time narrowing down the best. When I was having a hard time deciding, my friend from work reminded me of all the amazing flavors and various, ethnic foods that Oakland is brimming with. Even though I have never had samosas in Oakland, this dish represents all of the unique, ethnic and incredibly rich flavors that are all over the beautiful city. Oakland is a place where all tastes and ingredients are welcome. It is a wonderful melting pot of all people, and making a food like this that everyone will love, perfectly represents the team to me.
When Dan bit into these tikka masala samosas, his whole face lit up. I was so happy with his reaction and how these flaky and flavor-filled triangles completely wowed him. He loves everything I cook (or politely tells me it’s delicious), but these samosas really knocked his socks off.
The real key to these awesome tikka masala samosas is using tikka masala sauce within the vegetable mixture. I am someone who adores sauce, and most of the time, samosas taste pretty dry to me. Adding a heavenly sauce to the veggies really made these samosas come to life for me. Even though they look complex, do not let these beauties fool you! They are so simple and really just require some amateur folding skills. With a perfect, flaky outside and a vibrant and rich vegetable inside, these samosas with tikka masala sauce are addicting, pure delights. Try these for a football party or for a gathering with dinner guests. We had these for dinner and loved pairing them with plain Greek yogurt and warm naan. However you enjoy these, we hope you love every bite! Can’t find a great jarred Tikka Masala sauce? Check out this recipe for an easy, homemade one.