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Love bites for V-Day

As they say, the easiest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, if the food is an aphrodisiac, the route to a woman’s heart is no different.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2012 01:12 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times

As they say, the easiest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, if the food is an aphrodisiac, the route to a woman’s heart is no different.

Aphrodisiacs have chemical properties that stimulate the libido and add that magic to your romantic moments. The word aphrodisiac is derived from Aphrodite — the Greek goddess of love, who enchanted everyone by creating feelings of love and lust. Since she was said to be born from sea foam, the Greeks started believing that seafood is aphrodisiacal.

However, it’s not just seafood, even some herbs and spices like cinnamon and cloves claim to pep up mush. No wonder Queen Sheba used cinnamon ittar to woo King Solomon, and Madame Pompadour ate wild mushrooms to increase her desire for her love, France’s King Louis XIV. In fact, Cleopatra too was infamous for her aphrodisiac binges that claimed many a lover.

So, visit the city restos that are serving a delectable aphrodisiac spread, this Valentine’s Day, or cook up an amorous meal at home with these recipes.

Chargrilled seabass

180gm Victorian Seabass
5gm Dill
1 lemon
6gm sea salt
10gm kokum
100ml late harvest Chenin Blanc
1 smoked reshampatti chillies
3gm black pepper corns
1 egg plant
30gm heirloom tomatoes
50gm linguine

Portion the Seabass fillet into two steaks of 180gm each, and marinate with lemon juice, Dill, sea salt and cracked peppers. On a pan reduce the late harvest Chenin Blanc and the kokum along with the smoked Reshampatti chilly. Make the base with a sliced aubergine and tomato bake, topped with linguine. Grill the fish on a charcoal grill for about eight minutes, and place it on the aubergine construct on a plate. Drizzle the Chenin Blanc reduction over it.

Recipe by chef Mayank Tiwari, Mobius

The aphrodisiac: While Seabass is a rich source of potassium, calcium, vitamins A, B and D , all of which are known to be stimulants that can have “the effect”, eggplants are also known by some as the apple of love.

Choco-straw couple hearts

2 cup flour
2 cup sugar
1 cup strawberries
3/4th cup baking cocoa.
2 tsp baking Soda
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil
1.5 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup hot chocolate truffle
2 tsp wine
1/2 tsp coffee
Hazelnuts, almonds, and apricot for garnishing

Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan. Make a strong cup of the chocolate truffle tea. Mix all the ingredients until they are blended smooth. Pour into the cake pan. Bake for about one hour. Allow to cool and brush the top with wine.

Recipe by chef Raajbeer Singh, Tivoli Garden Hotel

The aphrodisiac: Chocolate, strawberries, hazelnuts, wine, vanilla and coffee are aphrodisiacs that produce feelings of pleasure.

Stuffed grilled thai chillies

100 gm mince chicken
3-4 whole chillies
5ml chilli oil
5mg chopped garlic
10gm oyster sauce
Finely chopped onion
Chopped lemongrass
15ml white wine
2.5gm Ichimi powder
1/2 tbsp black sesame seed
Lettuce leaves to garnish

Slit chillies and de-seed them. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and set in the fridge for one hour. Stuff chillies with mince chicken mixture and garnish with sesame seeds. Grill or fry them and serve on bed of salad leaves.

Recipe by Rahul Hajarnavis, Shiro, Hotel Samrat

The aphrodisiac: Chilli contains a chemical called capsaicin, which is known to arouse sexual desires by stimulating nerve endings by pumping blood to them.

Crispy prawns in wasabi mayo

1kg prawns (peeled)
Salt to taste
15gm potato starch
1kg mayonnaise
100gm Wasabi powder
40gm lime juice
500gm oil
1 egg white

Wash and dry the prawns. Mix starch and salt to prawns and refrigerate. Whisk mayo, Wasabi powder and lime juice together to make Wasabi mayo. Coat the prawns in egg white, and dust in potato starch. Heat oil in wok, and fry the prawns. Remove from the oil, drain on a paper towel and immediately toss in the mayonnaise. Serve with garnishes of your choice.

Recipe by Chef Pradeep Singh Bartwal, My Humble House, ITC Maurya

The aphrodisiac: Like most seafood, prawns are known to relax the mind
and create an arousing effect.

Upside-down honey cheesecakes

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup water
8 ounce cream cheese
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
Assorted fresh berries, grapes or pomegranates

Preheat oven to 150°C. Butter twelve custard cups. Heat 1 cup sugar, honey, and butter in a saucepan, until mixture darkens slightly. Remove from heat, add 1/3 cup water, blend. Divide topping among cups and chill them on roasting pans. Blend cream, cheese, brown sugar, sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla, eggs, in a processor. Divide filling among cups. Add enough hot water to pans to come halfway up sides of the cups. Bake cheesecakes. Remove from roasting pans and chill until firm.

Recipe by chef Brijesh Kumar, Kink-Zazen, Noida

The aphrodisiac: Vitamin E in Honey generates strong emotions.

First Published: Feb 11, 2012 20:14 IST