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Aphrodisiac foods

Ankita Vaidya
Written by Ankita Vaidya
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“So it’s Valentines tomorrow! Any special plans with your bae?”

“Special plans? After so many years, it is pretty much like any other day for us. Work-home-eat-sleep blah.”

If this is a ‘true story’ for you or anyone you know, this article is meant for you! If you are a passionate lover and love sensual intimacy, this article is for you! If you are looking for ways to spice up ‘things’ or bring back the spark to your relationship, this article is for you! Or if you are someone who is just curious about how food can change your mood, this article is for you as well!

Aphrodisiac foods or drinks or drugs stimulate sexual desire and some also promote fertility in both men and women. If you look from a psychological standpoint, it is neat how different foods stimulate different emotions within us. And it is also interesting that some of these foods are adopted culturally as a ‘delicacy’ or a tradition in wedding/ pre-wedding rituals around the world. Here is a list of top 5 Aphrodisiac recipes that you should to try out this Valentine’s Day.

 

Saffron

The most expensive spice on this planet ironically resembles little sperm cells. Interesting! And it is intriguing that before the ‘first night’, as per Hindu wedding customs, the bride and the groom enjoy a glass of delicious saffron milk with cardamom, sugar and almonds. While sugar gives you a boost in energy, cardamom promises slow release of blood sugar ensuring you don’t crash suddenly from a sugar spike! And saffron does its little magic to keep you going at it!

Chocolate:

Now this is an easy one. However, it is important to use pure form of chocolate. The purer the better! Unlike the ordinary commercial chocolate bars available at most retail stores, look for pure chocolate slabs or cocoa/ cacao products. Not just for eating but these products can be used for a variety of applications- a sensual body massage, facial treatments, liquor, candles etc. to name a few.

Strawberries:

Red luscious strawberries are full of love regardless. The shape, the colour and the flavour make this fruit perfect for romance. Legend has it that in French countryside weddings, cold strawberry soup was offered to the bride and groom as a symbol of the beginning of an intimate relationship. Of the many ways of eating strawberries, most popular is Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Simply cannot go wrong with that. Also in champagne or on the side with a dark moist chocolate torte will do its thing.

Oysters

It might sound gross if you are new to this concept. However, try it once and I bet you cannot just eat one. Salty, slimy oysters, paired with some pungent horse raddish or citrus mignonette scream romance to me. Shuck, slurp and gulp!

Beetle nut with Areca nut:

More commonly known as Paan is an integral part of culinary traditions all over India. Chewing a beetle nut leaf with Areca nut or Supari promotes sexual intimacy. Coincidental or ironic, Hindu weddings use Areca nut for some rituals as a symbol of fertility. If you are someone who does not enjoy eating a Paan, there are other way of enjoying it. For example- paan icecream or paan flavoured panna cotta. Sounds delish to me!

Try it all out and let us know if it worked its magic for you! If you have a few more aphrodisiacs on your list, share them with us. We would love to hear more about these sexy little foods.

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About the author

Ankita Vaidya

Ankita Vaidya

A computer engineer on paper, chef by profession! Being born in a gastronomically enthu household was sheer luck and definitely some good karma. I left India at the age of 22 with 3 suitcases full of parents’ love, passion and determination to chase my dreams.

A connoisseur of Indian cuisine, I enjoy sharing my love for traditional Indian cooking wherever I go. Nurtured with extreme affection, this ‘lil princess’ is all set to touch millions of hearts with her holistic zeal for food and cooking.

I believe life is like a box of spices- though some moments may seem overwhelming, a thoughtful use and correct application will definitely give you extraordinary results. Feel free to share food related anything with me ‘cause I am a student for life!

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