I decided it was time to mix it up with a cuisine that we haven’t seen on our Adventures yet, Indian. I don’t have Indian food too often but I always love it whenever I get it. Back when I lived in Arizona there was this one amazing place called The Dhaba which had amazing tasting food. Hopefully, I can find a place in Orange County that can meet my expectations but for now, we have a super easy Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventure to take our tastebuds to India.

Boxed and ready to Heat

Yes, I know this is another lazy Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventures but it’s good to take it easy during the weekends. As I was waiting in line to check out at Trader Joe’s I spotted these Mini Chicken Tikka Samosas. Trader Joe’s is sneaky when they have the checkout line going straight down the freezer aisle. Although I guess it makes sense so that way it is the last thing you get and it stays frozen longer.

Tropical Ingredients

Now off to the drink which I know has no relation to the theme of the Happy Hour but maybe one day I could find a cocktail recipe that has some Indian flair. The ingredients you see above clearly scream out tropical. I’m sure this drink could still be enjoyed on the shores of an Indian Beach perhaps. Next time I have Indian food I’ll be sure to find the perfect Indian-Inspired cocktail. Any guesses as to what drink I made based on the above ingredients?

Shaken Piña Colada

If you guessed Piña Colada then you were correct! Although we are going a different route with this Piña Colada because we are doing a shaken version instead of the traditional blended. I gotta keep you on your toes every week. Maybe one day I’ll do a traditional Piña Colada since I do have my trusty blender available which I haven’t had a chance to make a cocktail with yet. The first time I used the blender for my Adventures was to pulverize some cheese for some Zucchini Fries. I just had to pour it in my yellow tiki glass to match the color of pineapples. I loved the combination of pineapple and coconut flavor together. I also added a little bit of lime juice which I’m just now realizing I didn’t show in the ingredients picture. One thing that threw me off was the grittiness of the cream of coconut. Other recipes involved coconut milk that I think would have balanced out the grittiness. Or maybe blending is the key to make it the perfect Piña Colada.

Sweet Creamy Sriracha Chile Sauce

The box said to utilize an oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 to 16 minutes but I decided to use the air fryer instead. So to be productive I wanted to create a nice dipping sauce for the samosas. I wish I had some ingredients to make a nice chutney for them but I improvised with what I had. I created a Sweet Creamy Sriracha Chile sauce which brought up the spice level to the samosas.

Mini Chicken Tikka Samosas

I think the air fryer runs a little hotter than what the temperature dial shows because the samosas did come out extra toasty. Next time I would lower the temperature a bit so that way I can get that perfect golden color. One thing the air fryer is perfect at is getting the exterior nice and crispy. That is the first texture that I got when I bit down and heard that crunch echoing through my ears.

Ready to Eat

Once through the delicious crust, you are into the meat of the samosa. Although the center was not as flavorful as I was hoping for. Whenever I have Indian food it is usually exploding with spices. Although I did find out that the difference between Chicken Tikka and Chicken Tikka Masala is the fact there is more masala or spices in Chicken Tikka Masala. I do tend to have Chicken Tikka Masala when I have Indian so maybe I’m used there being more flavor. Luckily the sauce I created helped add that extra flavor that was missing before.

I wish my first Indian-Inspired Happy Hour would have been more spectacular but I guess that’s what happens with a frozen meal. I’m not sure if there are Indian Happy Hours but I will keep my eye out for any deals.

Website: Shaken Piña Colada





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Since this was the first Indian-Inspired Happy Hour I have this question for you. What is your go-to Indian dish?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!



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