This year’s Valentines’ Day is on Sunday and for most of the enthusiasts planning a romantic evening is just a piece of cake with no added headache to manage leave from office or getting out early to make for the dinner on time. However, if you are the one like me whose Monday Blues actually starts from the Sunday evening and all you want to do is keep the sunday as uneventful and peaceful and easy as possible, then this blog is for you.
If you fall in the category for whom an ideal romantic evening is defined by a good movie (preferably period drama or classic hollywood), warm snuggle with your beloved, hot plates of easy-to-cook meal along with your favorite beverage, then today I am going to share two of my favorite easy-peasy quick and kinda one-pot recipe to keep you sorted for this Valentines’ Day dinner.
If you are preferring something more Indian but not too spicy, this could be your ideal choice. Inspite of being Indian in taste, it doesn’t require much time and effort.
- Ambemohar Rice – 1 ½ cups
- Chicken Whole legs- 2 pieces
- Potato – 1 (Peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes)
- Onion (big) – 1 (sliced lengthwise)
- Ginger-Garlic paste- 2 tsp
- Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
- Pulao masala – 3 tsp. Order premium quality masala and spices online with oneapp. Download now.
- Ghee – 3tbsp
- Salt – As per taste
- Oil (of your choice)- 3 tbsp
- Sugar – ¼ tsp
- Milk – 1 cup
- Water- 2 cups
- Marinate the Chicken leg pieces with salt and 1 tbsp lemon juice for 15 min.
- Then rub the legs well with 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste and 1 tsp pulao masala. Let it rest for at least 30 min.
- Wash the rice well with water. Set aside.
- Heat 3 tbsp oil in a kadai.
- Once smoking hot. Add the cubed potatoes and fry till brown. Remove and set aside
- Now in the same oil, add the chicken legs and fry each side until brown spots come.Remove from oil and set aside.
- Discard the remaining oil.
- Now in the same kadai, add ghee.
- Add sliced onion and fry till translucent.
- Add the remaining g-g paste. Fry till raw smell leaves.
- Now add the moist rice (but no extra water) and fry until the rice becomes fragrant.
- Add salt, sugar and remaining pulao masala. Fry well.
- Now add the fried potato cubes and chicken.
- Pour in the milk and water. Give a quick mix.
- Cover and set in lowest flame.
- Cook until the liquid dries up.
- Add the remaining lemon juice and fluff the rice with a fork and mix well.
- Serve hot with your favorite chilled drink.
SPINACH-PRAWN PASTA IN WHITE SAUCE –
In case you are planning a slightly continental dish, this dish can come in handy.
- Pasta (spiral variety is my choice)- 2 cups
- Prawns (medium) – 12, deveined and heads removed
- Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
- Garlic – 12 cloves, chopped.
- Spinach – 200 gms, chopped.
- Salt – As per taste
- Sugar – As per taste
- Black pepper powder – As per taste
- Italian spice mix- 1tsp or as per taste
- Milk- 1 ½ cups
- Cheddar cheese- 1 cup, grated
- Cook the pasta al dente. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a kadhai.
- Add the prawns and fry till pink. Remove from oil and set aside.
- In the same oil, add chopped garlic. Fry till brown.
- Add the spinach and cover. Wait till the spinach wilt.
- Add cooked pasta, salt, sugar, black pepper powder, and Italian spice mix.
- Toss well.
- Add the prawns, milk, and grated cheese.
- Mix well and cook till the sauce thickens.
Wish you a very happy, snugly, cuddly and romantic Valentines’ Day.