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V-Day special recipes to impress your love!

Last updated on: February 02, 2016 11:30 IST
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Add some delicious romance to your Valentine's Day!

Celebrity chef Rakhee Vaswani tells you how to celebrate love with an exotic meal at home.

Nothing feels better than preparing a sumptuous meal for your significant other on Valentine's day.

"Everyone should use this Valentine's day to show off your presentation and cooking skills to your loved one. A set of candles and a gorgeous bottle of wine will make it classic. So, keep it simple, healthy and tasty," celebrity chef and author of Picky Eaters and Other Meal-Time Battles Rakhee Vaswani said.

So are you ready to cook up a lip-smacking meal?

Cheese and Broccoli Tikki with Spaghetti in Garlic Sauce 

Cheese and Broccoli Tikki with Spaghetti in Garlic Sauce

Ingredients

For broccoli tikki

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1tsp green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp blanched broccoli (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of potatoes (boiled and grated)
  • 2 tbsp grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup of wholewheat breadcrumbs (for coating)
  • Salt to taste

For garlic sauce

  • 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup of tomato (puree)
  • 1 blanched carrot (puree)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp cornflour paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • White pepper powder
  • Salt to taste

Method

For broccoli tikki

  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan.
  • Add onions, ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Saute for 2 minutes while stirring continuously.
  • Add broccoli and salt. Saute on a low flame for another 5 to 7 minutes or till the broccoli is almost cooked. Remove from flame.
  • Add potatoes and cheese and mix well. Keep it aside to cool.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into flat tikkis.
  • Roll each tikki in the breadcrumbs and keep aside.
  • Heat a nonstick pan and cook each tikki using minimum oil till it turns golden brown on both sides.

For garlic sauce

  • Mix tomato puree and carrot puree and keep aside.
  • Heat oil and add minced garlic. Fry for a few seconds.
  • Add tomato and carrot puree mix. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and white pepper powder along with tomato ketchup and stock.
  • Add cornflour paste.
  • Cook for a minute and it's ready to use.

To assemble

Ingredients

  • Broccoli tikki
  • 1 cup of spaghetti (boiled)
  • 2 to 3 leaves of cabbage
  • 1 cup of grated cheese or cheese slices
  • 1 cup of garlic sauce
  • 1/2 cup of veggies (blanched carrot, baby corn, spinach, sauteed mushroom, onions)
  • 1/2 cup of french fries

Method

  • Heat pan and place cabbage leaves.
  • Place spaghetti in the centre, top it with tikkis.
  • Place veggies around the spaghetti.
  • Pour the garlic sauce over the top.
  • Place the cheese slice over the cutlet and let it sizzle and gratinate.
  • Serve.

Grilled Chicken with Paprika Sauce and Brown Rice Pilaf

 Grilled Chicken with Paprika Sauce and Brown Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

For grilled chicken

  • 250 gm chicken leg (boneless)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp oats
  • Few drops of balsamic vinegar
  • Pepper powder
  • Salt to taste

For paprika sauce

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup of tomato puree
  • 5 tsp chilli Flakes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 75 ml fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 to 6 mushroom
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 30 ml red wine (optional)
  • Pepper
  • Salt to taste

For spinach brown rice pilaf

  • 1 cup of boiled brown rice
  • 2 tbsp spinach puree
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt to taste

Method

For grilled chicken

  • Marinate the chicken with the ingredients mentioned above for 20 minutes except oats.
  • Coat the pieces of chicken with oats.
  • Saute or grill the chicken in a pan till done. When it gets a nice glaze, keep aside.

For paprika sauce

  • Heat a pan, add some butter and saute the mushrooms. Keep aside.
  • Put oil or butter and fry onions. Sprinkle some chilli flakes and add flour. Cook well.
  • Add tomato puree and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add wine (optional), some vegetable stock and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, fresh cream and parsley. 

For spinach brown rice pilaf

  • Saute garlic in olive oil and add spinach puree.
  • Add rice and season with salt and pepper.

To assemble

  • Place the spinach brown rice pilaf in a ring mould and pack it tightly with the help of a spoon.
  • Demould and make sure that the rice comes out in a uniform mound. Place it on a plate.
  • Spoon the paprika sauce around the rice.
  • Place the grilled chicken and serve.

Rakhee Vaswani

Homemaker turned celebrity chef Rakhee Vaswani is a first-generation entrepreneur and started Palate Culinary Studio a first-of-its-kind learning institute set in Santa Cruz in Mumbai, that was inaugurated by one of her students Malaika Arora Khan.

Photographs: Kind Courtesy Rakhee Vaswani

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