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Desi Superbowl Snacks

Feb/11/2024 / by rajitha-penaka

Classic tailgate bites done the South Asian way

Pizza with paneer, cheese, and green bell peppers on a wooden board
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It’s Superbowl Sunday! When you think of the Superbowl, you think about tailgating. The tailgate is a time-honored American tradition where the public gathers to eat classic finger food, drink beer, and have memorable conversations in sports jargon with their friends while supporting their favorite team. The modern-day tailgate idea originated from college football games in the United States in the late 1800s.

Although the American public adores this tradition, every culture has its own take on the routine. So, who says that Superbowl parties can’t take on a desi twist? There are many ways to transform this holiday to make it your own.

Here are some ideas on how to bring your South Asian culture to the tailgate scene.

Tandoori Buffalo Wings

Imagine classic buffalo chicken wings, except rubbed with your favorite spices and tossed with a spicy sauce. This recipe can be made easily with the help of your oven, air fryer, or stove. Made with an overnight marinade of your favorite spices and some plain yogurt, the wings will be ready to cook. The dish can also use a side of green chutney surrounded by your favorite veggies for a dipping sauce. No tailgate is complete without wings, and these will surely satisfy the craving!

Paneer Pizza

Whether with ready-made naan or fresh pizza dough, this paneer pizza will be cost-efficient, easy to recreate, and ready to transport to the tailgate. The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it however you want. After adding your pan-seared paneer cubes, cut up your preferred vegetables and any other protein to spread all over the pizza. Bake to perfection and enjoy!

Additionally, suppose you find it challenging to transport multiple pizzas or want to increase the collaborative efforts of the crowd. In that case, the ingredients can be brought separately to bake according to one’s taste.

Vada Pav Sliders

As a reinvention of beef sliders enjoyed on Superbowl Sunday, these vada pav sliders will surely be a hit. To make them, boiled potatoes can be mashed and seasoned with classic spices and shaped into small patties. You can toss these between two perfectly toasted slider buns and glaze with your favorite chutney for some tang. And there it is – a classic Indian street food transformed into a tailgate contribution.

Tamarind Whiskey Sour

If your South Asian tailgate crowd is any like I’ve ever known, the whiskey bottles are always at hand. Here’s an easy way to transform and elevate cocktails. Fill a shaker with your favorite whiskey, lime juice, and tamarind concentrate. After emptying its contents into a glass with a few ice cubes, enjoy! Of course, you can always bring out the packs of beer, but this is a hassle-free way to make a three-ingredient cocktail for all the whiskey lovers out there.

There you have it, a few ideas to honor the tradition of tailgating just in time for the big game – perfect for hosting your own Superbowl party or attending one!


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