Valentine’s Day: Planning to cook for your partner? Here are 4 dishes for inspiration
With a little help from expert chefs and food experts, here’s our top 4 picks that are sure to turn any frown upside down.more lifestyle Updated: Feb 14, 2018 15:40 IST
Too late to make your Valentine’s Day epic? Missed the bus to impress your better half? Worry no more cause food is always the answer! There’s nothing better than staying in and cooking for your loved one. Let’s face it, we have been in one of those moods, where the only thing that helped was a steaming hot plate of yummy food. So, trust us, this is your chance to make up to your significant other with what we have in store. With a little help from Dubai’s renowned chefs and the food experts at Taj Mahal Tea House, here’s our top 4 picks that are sure to turn any frown upside down:
Chicken Chai Kebab: Heighten your senses with the perfect blend of spices with the Chicken Chai Kebab by French chef Gregory Bazire from Taj Mahal Tea House. Mix Chicken mince with aromatic spices like Garam Masala Powder, Green Chilly, Onion, Ginger, etc. Spruce up the dish by adding unique mix of local ingredients Spearmint Leaves, Grated Cheese, Pickled Tea Leaves and deep fry till golden brown.
Expert Tip: Serve with a single red rose.
Malai Silken Tofu with Vegetables Stir Fry: Savour the best of both worlds with this Indian inspired Asian stir fry. Cook down Silken Tofu with Asian veggies mushrooms, pok choy, spring onion with some classic flavours Onions, Garlic and ginger to enhance the overall dish and finish with some malai sauce. Top off the dish with roasted cashew, sunflowers and beetroot sprouts to add some crunch to you dish.
Expert Tip: Splurge on a side of Jasmine sticky rice, topped with some crunchy coriander and burnt garlic.
Elderflower and apple cheesecake: It’s never too early for dessert! Make this V-Day a sweet affair with this gastronomical dish straight from the chefs behind Folly by Nick and Scott, Dubai. Use your everyday kitchen ingredients of whole meal flour, oat flour, sugar, salt and Digestive biscuits to create a crumbly base. Mix your usual cheesecake ingredients but with a touch of elderflower syrup combined with lemon juice for that balance. Give it a couple of hours in the freezer and you are done.
Expert Tip: serve with a generous dollop of whipped cream on the side!
Smores Sundae: There’s always room for chocolate even if you have already had your share of desserts! Chef Brian Voelzin from The Hide, Dubai shares the ultimate chocolate indulgence with a deconstructed smore sundae. This one needs a little bit of prep, its also a chance to show that you know your way around the kitchen. Trust us, major brownie points coming your way. Bring cream, honey and butter to boil and add chocolate slowly to create the creamiest ganache. Add a crunchy element like honeycomb which can be created by adding baking soda to dark caramel and letting it cool. Now for the best part, the thick and fluffy marshmallow frosting! Mix egg white, sugar, corn syrup, water and vanilla extract with a pinch of salt and beat with a handheld electric mixer over a pan of simmering water. Layer all the ingredients in a large bowl and top it with a peanut butter brittle for that crunch.
Expert Tip: Keep a candle handy to roast mini marshmallows.
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