Win your beloved's heart


Valentine’s Day is not just about going out with your partner to any plush restaurant for a candle light dinner.

Even a nice dinner or lunch prepared at home can do wonders in making Valentine’s Day really special. Metrolife speaks to chefs and finds out the dishes that can be easily made at home to celebrate the occasion.

Chef Sachin Verma, executive chef, Hinglish: The Colonial Cafe suggests Singaporean Curry Puffs with Strawberry Chutney. “Prepare a mixture of fine chopped potatoes, onions and cabbage. Cook it and add curry powder, lime leaf, lemongrass and coriander. Get spring roll sheets or filo pastry sheets and fill the cooked ingredients inside it. Make two of these. Put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degree Celsius. Remove them from the oven, place them side by side and puncture holes in both allowing the curry to gently flow out of the puff and meet each other – signifying the uniting of a couple,” he chuckles.

For the strawberry chutney, “take a handful of strawberries, puree them, add a teaspoon of honey, and lime juice. Gently pour it on the platter in the shape of heart,” says Sachin.

Chef Swasti Aggarwal of Foodhall shares some simple recipes that can help you win your beloved’s heart. “Set the tone for the evening with chocolate dip strawberries,” says Swasti. “Take some semi-sweetened cooking chocolate and warm it. Dip strawberries in it and then put it in the fridge to set. Quick, easy yet very romantic, this dish is sure to make your evening special.

According to her Tomato Basil Bruschetta can be a delicious appetizer. “It is very easy to cook. Mix chopped tomatoes, crushed garlic, olive oil and fresh basil leaves. Add salt and pepper to it and keep it in the fridge to cool. Get some Crostino (Italian bread), top it with the mixture and serve. You can add a piece of mozzarella cheese on the top right before serving.”

She has Strawberry and Praline Gateau in her list especially for those who love to bake. “Beat egg and sugar together, until light and fluffy. Add flour to the mixture, pour it into a round cake mould and bake for 20 minutes at 175 C. Cool the sponge. Caramelize some sugar, add cashew nut and cool by spreading it to make praline,” she says.

“Now, cut the sponge into three equal rounds, and sprinkle sugar syrup. Layer it with praline, strawberries and whipped cream. Repeat the process to make three layers and cover it with cream. Use the remaining strawberry slices to decorate the top
of the cake,” adds Swasti, who is also the regional head of Foodhall.

Besides, Chef Nishant Choubey, Executive Chef, Dusit Devarana suggests to experiment with mushroom and watermelon. Wasabi Mushroom with Watermelon is perfect for valentines. A hot and cold combination! Fry mushroom and coat it with mayonnaise and wasabi mix. If wasabi is not available, mustard paste can also be used. Put it over the roundels of watermelon and serve it,” says Nishant.

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