So Valentine’s Day is almost here. Are you all mushy about it? Are you still pondering on how to spend some quality time with your partner to heat up some great chemistry? The why not cook it out!
When the whole world is out in the restaurants & hotels for celebrating Valentine’s Day, and you don’t want to have some private celebrations, just you too then preparing a meal together is a great idea. Simply because when you together get working on something, the determination of creating something good & positive is a fantastic mood uplifter. But of course, be prepared for your kitchen to get messy too.
Here are some easy meal ideas that you as a couple can make this Valentine’s Day:
Watermelon Tomato Tart recipe by Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar
In-house Chef – Dr. Oetker Funfoods Creative Kitchen
1 Tart Shell (Readymade or make at home) 2 Tomatoes 3 tsp Lemon Juice ½ tsp Chilli Powder 5 – 10 g Parsley Leaves 150 g Watermelon (diced)
1 tbsp Onion (chopped) 1 tsp Nigella Seeds ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder 3 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Burger Basil Leaves 1 tbsp Feta Cheese
Take the tomatoes and dice in large pieces, in a mixing bowl add these diced tomatoes, add 1 tbsp of lemon juice, ½ tsp chili powder, few parsley leaves. Add 150 gm diced watermelon, 1 tbsp chopped onion, 1 tsp nigella seeds. Season with crushed black pepper.
Take the tart and line it with burger mayonnaise generously.
Now start plating with the tossed watermelon & tomato, garnish with basil, feta cheese & a dash of burger mayonnaise.
Hot Chocolate with Coconut by Chef Gaurav Chadha
In-house Chef Dr. Oetker Funfoods Creative kitchen
4 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Dessert Topping Chocolate (60g) 150 ml Full Cream Milk 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar (30g) 50 g Whipped Cream 2 tbsp Dry Coconut (30g)
In a saucepan add milk, sugar and dessert topping chocolate and bring to boil.
Leave to cool for 20 minutes in a refrigerator.
Pour it in a glass. Garnish with whipped cream and coconut. Serve.
Red Velvet Iddly by Chef Karthik Krishnamurthy
Founder/CEO, Iddly Faktory
Whole White Urad Dal – 1 Cup Iddly Rice – 4 Cups Fenugreek seeds/Methi Seeds – 1 tablespoon Salt – 1 tablespoon Beetroot – 1 small
Wash and soak urad dal and iddly rice 3 to 4 times and soak them separately for a minimum of 3-4 hours. While soaking urad dal add fenugreek seeds to it.
Clean the wet grinder before every use. After 4hours drain out all the water from urad dal and add it to the wet grinder. Once you start grinding add half a cup of water. While grinding urad dal add the water slowly in regular intervals for two to three times. The urad dal will not fluff up, if you add all the water at once. The dal should fluff up and fill the grinder. It should have increased about 8-10 times of its original volume. It should come out as butter. Grind for at least 30 minutes. Once done, transfer the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
Now grind the soaked and drained rice until smooth. Add just enough water while grinding. The consistency should be medium. Once ground, transfer the batter to the dal mixture bowl and mix well.
Add salt to the batter before fermenting in summers and add it after fermenting in winters. Usually, the batter needs to ferment for 5-6 hours depending upon the weather.
Once the batter is nicely fermented, take a ladle and mix it well. Your batter is now ready.
Red Velvet Iddly Mixture:
Grate half a beetroot and squeeze it well. Add the squeezed juice to four scoops of iddly batter. Mix it well. Your mixture is ready.
For making Soft Red Velvet Iddly:
Pour some water in an iddly vessel and put it on medium flame. Oil the iddly plate and gently fill the rounds with the red velvet batter. Put it inside the iddly vessel and let it steam for 10 minutes. Do not allow it to overcook as it might become hard and dry. Just keep an eye and remove the iddlies after 10 minutes. Do not remove the iddlies immediately as it might stick. Allow it to rest for another 4-5 minutes and then spoon it out. Once removed use heart shaped sandwich cutter/cookie cutter to get heart shape iddlies. Serve hot with your favorite chutney or sambar.
Drain the water completely from the ingredients after soaking.
While grinding urad dal and rice ensure that you do not use a lot of water. You can always adjust the consistency of the batter later if it is too thick. You cannot do anything if the batter goes runny.
Chocolate Glazed Cup Cakes
250 g Dr. Oetker FunFoods Eggless Cake Mix Chocolate 4 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Dessert Topping Chocolate (60ml) 100 g Butter (melted) 180 ml Full Cream Milk