Detroit has a thing for big cats. Me...I 'm allergic to cats. But apparently the Motor City loves linking their teams to fur ball spitting felines. It made me wonder why the baseball Tigers are named such, particularly since Detroit is a long way from the jungle. It turns out, the team was named the Tigers waaaaaay back when after a local military regiment. Case solved. But you know what kind of tiger is on their logo? That would be a Bengal tiger, you know, the same breed as Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes fame.
Pull up a stool for a geography lesson. The area of Bengal is located in the border area between India and Pakistan, and it encompasses acreage of both nations. Bengal spice is usually associated with India, so connecting all of those dots I designed a hot dog that touches the roots of the Detroit Tigers mascot and gave it a distinct Indian flavor. Allow me to check your passport and introduce you to the Delhi Dog (for those of you that never leave the basement, Delhi is the most well-known city in India).
Serving up the Delhi Dog is pretty simple. Grab some naan bread (EVERYTHING tastes good on naan), lay in a grilled Hebrew National frank, and top with Channa Masala. Sprinkle on some paprika and you are ready to watch the Tigers smack a few homers in Comerica Park. What's that you say? You don't know how to cook Indian? Me neither. But Trader Joe's has an awesome frozen Channa Masala you can use, and most supermarkets carry some prepared Indian entrées.
The result is a slightly spicy treat that bites the palate a tad more softly than a real Bengal tiger would bite you when making a meal of you. And while you are at it, drink it with a Detroit original (although it is no longer brewed there) and grab a cold Stroh's beer. The perfect Detroit hot dog beer pairing.