Top Veggie Dishes to Cook Up This V-Week
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Love is in the air. And when food is the music of love, you can just play it on to let love ooze out from every bit of the savouries you prepare for your Prince Charming or your Beautiful Princess this Valentine’s week. While non-vegetarian items are umpteen with succulent kebabs, lip smacking cutlets and mouth-watering curries, there is no dearth of vegetarian recipes either for our veggie lovers.

So if your Valentine is a pure veggie and you are wondering what to surprise him or her with, here are some quick, easy culinary ideas to pamper your loved one with.

1. Grilled Paneer- For those paneer lovers, this cottage cheese recipe with soft, pulpy cottage cheese cubes with the right mix of spices and tossed in a grilled pan is perfect for snacks or dinner.

The cottage cheese needs to be cut in big chunks and marinated with ginger-garlic paste, a little curd, dry mango powder and red chilli powder before sautéing it lightly on the grilled pan. You may make a sauce separately with either plums and honey or chilli flakes and honey or even with barbeque sauce as per your choice.

2. Crispy Garlic Baked Potato Wedges- Simple as it is, this dish is a perfect tantaliser for veggie lovers. Whether your Valentine is your mom or your wife, this strikingly mesmerizing potato wedges dish spruced with finely chopped garlic, mixed herbs and chilli flakes can be an apt accompaniment to your continental dinner.

Complement it with some lightly tossed crunchy veggies, herbed rice and grilled cottage cheese, and your perfect V-Date dinner is ready to be served.

3. Fried Spinach Pockets- How about going healthy this Valentine’s Day? This recipe is sure to bowl your love all over again. For this, all you need is some spinach boiled and chopped cooked with salt, pine nuts in oil and stuffed in small dough cakes made with flour, butter and baking soda sealed to make a crescent shape. Fry the pockets well to get the crunchy feeling

Wine and Melon- What can be a more romantic dish than a scintillating combination of fruit and wine? If your Valentine is a musk melon lover or wine aficionado, this is sure to sweep her off her feet.

Of course, you need to cook it up with white wine and spices such as cloves, cardamoms, bay leaves, cinnamons and water to make it a fine brew. The lemon then needs to be added along with some hints of sugar and let the mixture cool. Once it is brought to room temperature, chop the melon into cubes and top it up to serve in wine glasses.

4. Mud Cake- Valentine’s Day dates cannot be complete without some scrumptious chocolate recipes. So be prepared to make a delightful mud cake loaded with dark chocolate that oozes out the moment you dip into the soft cake- a perfect dessert to celebrate your love.