UPLEVEL VALENTINE’S DAY WITH AN INDIAN DINNER
I think you will agree with me when I say:
It’s really ambitious to cook an Indian dinner for your Valentine’s Day celebration.
But, is it?
Well, anyone can prepare a great Valentine’s dinner with an Indian theme if you have access to a list of simple Indian dinner ideas and the right recipes.
Recipes so dead easy you can start right now and have your loved one licking his fingers for more.
This post gives you 3 easy peasy Indian dinner recipes that your loved one will ooh and aah over.
I am so pleased to have a guest post by Roeloff of Revelations of an Amateur Chef. He believes that daily meals should be magic, and started his blog to promote this philosophy.
February is the month of love when Cupid’s arrows often claim its victims unexpectedly. Red hearts flood everything in the Valentine’s Day frenzy.
Even if you think Valentine’s day is too commercialized, you know the smallest gesture means the world to a loved one
Why not start a new tradition this Valentine’s Day? A home cooked meal that embraces a different cuisine and culture?
This year why not choose an Indian dinner? India has a rich cultural heritage and a colorful culinary history. It has impacted food, fashion and even music globally.
I have chosen 3 courses that are quick and easy to make and suits any occasion from a romantic night for two (on Valentine’s Day, or any other) to a large family gathering.
MY INDIAN DINNER RECIPES
NAAN BREAD STARTER
A starter is the one thing that sets the tone for the meal, have a great appetizer and it keeps your guests captivated. Something light, quick and easy to make, that will even please the toughest mother-in-law.
Naan bread has been at the very heart of Indian cuisine. It’s really easy to make and so versatile that it can be served with almost any meal.
Traditionally, Naan is made in a Tandoor oven. The naan was placed on the sides of the oven and baked. Today naan can be made in an ordinary oven or in a cast iron skillet.
THE BUNNY CHOW
This is a South African classic. It’s a half or a quarter loaf of bread, filled with curry and served as a messy meal.
Back in the day, in Durban, vegetable curry was served in a Styrofoam container.
Shop owners started the bunny chow tradition by hollowing out bread and filling it with curry. Thus the delectable, legendary Bunny Chow was born.
This is perfect to share in a family setting, but also as an intimate treat for two, where you can dig in with your hands and almost feed each other, like in the movies.
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
The best way to end a lovely meal is with a perfect dessert. What better way to celebrate than with homemade ice cream.
Pair chocolate and ice cream, add strawberries and you have a wonderful end to a magical Indian dinner.
Naan Bread with Garlic and Herbs served with Jam or Mustard
Prep Time: 45mins
- • 11/2 cups warm Water
• 1 tablespoon Sugar
• 1 teaspoon Salt
• 2 teaspoons active Yeast
• 3 cups of Flour
Combine water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl and let foam for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and flour to this and mix thoroughly until a dough forms.
Make a tight ball with the dough and cover it with a damp towel, and let it rise in a warm space for 40 minutes.
After the dough has rested, roll it out on a floured surface and divide it into 8 even little balls.
Roll each ball out, and in a lightly oiled skillet, cook it for 1 minute per side on medium heat.
Serve with garlic and herb oil and Beer Mustard or Peach Raspberry and white Wine Jam.
Please note that the Mustard and Jam do not contain any alcohol, but the flavors embody them.
Steak Bunny Chow
Traditionally Indians do not eat beef, pork or veal. This can be made successfully with lamb.
This meal can be made on the stove, but also in a slow cooker overnight, making the meal more succulent and juicy.
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins
Serves: 4 / 2
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• pinch of hot Curry powder (or more as you prefer)
• 1 tsp chili powder
• 500 – 700g steak strips/cubes
• 3 crushed Garlic Cloves
• 1 tsp of grated Ginger
• 1 can of Chopped tomatoes
• 6 – 8 mini Potatoes, cut into quarters
• 2 – 4 Carrots, julienned
• 1/2 tsp Sugar
• Salt and Pepper to taste
• 1 loaf of Bread
• Coriander leaves to garnish
Because I used a slow cooker to make this, the process was easier. On the stove is as good if you do not have a slow cooker.
Set the slow cooker on low as it will cook overnight, or high in 3-4 hours.
Layer the vegetables at the bottom of the cooker.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add a cup of water, this is to ensure that the vegetables cook properly.
Add the cubed meat to the pot.
Mix the spices and sugar together in a little warm and pour over the meat.
Lastly, add the tomatoes and stir lightly.
Once the cooking process is over, the vegetables will be tender and a curry sauce would have formed.
Cut the loaf of bread into quarters, or halves. Scoop out the inside of the bread, fill the hollowed bread with the curry and top with the bread to serve.
Homemade Indian Spiced Ice Cream with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Prep Time: 7 mins
Ingredients (Ice Cream)
• 2 cups Fresh Cream (place cream in the fridge)
• 1 can Condensed Milk (place condensed milk in the fridge)
• 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
• 1 tsp finely ground Cardamom Pods
Whip the cream until stiff and peaks form.
Add the condensed milk and mix well until stiff.
Add the vanilla essence and the cardamom to the mix.
Pour the mixture into an airtight container and freeze overnight.
Ingredients (Dipped Strawberries)
• 1 punnet of Strawberries
• 1 slab of Chocolate of your choice (plain)
• 1 tsp Chilli Powder
Melt the chocolate until smooth.
Add the chili powder and mix well.
Dip the Strawberries in the chocolate.
Serve with the ice cream.
So there you go! Some great Indian dinner ideas perfect for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s day.
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