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Valentines Dinner Date Ideas

Ankita Vaidya
Written by Ankita Vaidya
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Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you are still confused as to where to take your loved one for a wonderful time. I can assure you that every single food outlet, cinemas, and malls are going to busy like never! Crowded streets, traffic, honking horns, overflowing food courts, and unending lineups- none of this sounds romantic, does it? Unfortunately, that is the reality outdoors on Valentine’s Day. So why not enjoy a peaceful, romantic, cozy evening indoors! Yes, nothing speaks comfort like your home. Do a nice cleanup, fresh sheets, flowers, candles and soft music. Now that sounds a lot better, doesn’t it?! And and and… A cherry on top would be to COOK A MEAL YOURSELF! Yes, your loved one cannot say no to a yummy, delicious meal ‘tailor-made’ especially for them. So boys and girls, get your cooking gear on because this Valentine’s you are giving your special one a gift of flavour.

#1 Hara Bhara Kebab

Simplicity at its best. Very easy to make, and very hard to go wrong here ‘coz who doesn’t like Hara Bhara Kebabs’. Mashed potatoes, ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, boiled-mashed green veggies like spinach, peas, beans, salt, pepper and besan to hold it together. Coat it in semolina or panko bread crumbs. Deep fry or shallow fry. Serve with tangy tamarind chutney and he/she will fall head over heels for you.

#2 Fresh Bruschetta

Delicate flavours, no cooking required, refreshing and dead simple. All you need is some fresh diced tomatoes, minced garlic, diced red onion, olive oil, lots of salt and pepper, and fresh Italian basil. Brush a piece of french bread with olive oil, toast, top with some bruschetta and drizzle balsamic glaze all over. Delizioso!


#3 Patatas Bravas

This for those who love fried potatoes and some heat! (Sounds like everybody’s favourite). Dust potato wedges with maida, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder, deep fry, sprinkle smoked paprika and chopped parsley and drizzle spicy aioli all over. For meat eaters, toss in some pieces of spicy chorizo for an added zing.


#4 Grilled Shrimp

Seafood lovers alert. Bring home fresh, black tiger, jumbo prawns. Marinate in minced garlic, salt, black pepper, red chili powder, chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Throw on a hot grill or a cast iron pan with oil. Takes around 5 minutes to cook. Another marinade idea would be minced garlic, soy sauce, green chilies minced, and sesame oil. Once cooked, toss them in very little hoi-sin sauce and garnish with green onions!


#5 Meatballs

Firm yet juicy and spicy meatballs form a perfect appy for meat eaters. All you need is your choice of ground meat- lamb, mutton, pork or beef, add cumin powder, coriander powder, minced garlic, fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, toasted fennel seeds, red chili powder, egg and some breadcrumbs. Mix well, roll out little balls and cook them in the oven at 400F for 5 minutes, then at 350F for 10-12 min. Check for the doneness before serving (if you want this relationship to last long LOL)



To satisfy your sweet tooth here’s another 5 ideas:

#1 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

There are some things that live forever: A Little Black Dress, Red Lipstick, Vodka Martini, French Tips Manicure, Halter Necks and Strawberries with Chocolate. Can’t go wrong with the classics.

#2 Brownie and Kulfi

Ice cream and brownie combo is yet another contemporary classic. Add some nuts, coulis or waffle for more texture.

#3 Jalebi Ice Cream Sandwich

This is my take on Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich. So simple to put together and can be made ahead of time. For the best experience, use warm jalebis. It’s magical. Go for a Kesar-Pista or Tender Coconut or Fig ice cream.


#4 Aam Rass

It’s almost the season, so why not! Turn it onto home churned kulfi or serve it with Puri. Undefeatable!


#5 Motichoor Parfait:

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Let us know what your plans are for this Valentines. If you have any questions or doubts about how to make it successful, our gang of girls is here for you. Just shoot the questions, we got you covered! Good Luck 🙂

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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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