Valentine’s day recipes – collection of dessert recipes, starters, simple dinner ideas and drinks.
Valentines day celebrated on February 14, is a special day marked for the celebration of love in many regions around the world. Though not a public holiday, over the years valentines day had become one of the most popular celebrations. A day dedicated for Celebration of love- love for your spouse, love for your parents, love for your kids, love for your friends and family.
Though I do not believe in one specific day to celebrate your love for your loved ones, I am not totally against it. If there is a special day to express your love for your family, great so be it.
Our Valentines day dinners are usually a quite cozy dinner at home with our kids. If you are also planning to celebrate the valentine’s day at home, here are few tips on making this special day stress free.
Making a Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful. The key in making the menu stress free is,planning it in advance. Shop the ingredients couple of days in advance. Clean, prep and cook few things the day before and enjoy a wonderful time with your loved ones.
Below are few cake recipes from my website. Plan to bake the cake day before and frost it. Even a dusting of powdered sugar looks pretty on a chocolate cake. Please do check my you tube channel for some of the video recipes from this list- Madhu’s Everyday Indian
Valentine’s day recipes (dessert recipes)-
Moist chocolate cake -one bowl easy and moist chocolate cake recipe, is a easy and quick cake recipe for all the chocolate lovers this holiday season
Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake– this eggless vanilla sponge cake is moist and fluffy cake you will ever make. The best part about this vanilla sponge cake is how easy the recipe is, and it just uses the basic pantry items we have at home. You can serve the cake as is, or dress it up with your favorite frosting.
Mini Cheesecakes – tempting two bite cheesecake recipe, with a hint of lemon.
Nutella Brownie Mini Cupcakes – An easy one bowl cupcake recipe which has barely four ingredients. Tow bite mini cupcakes, with the flavor of chocolate and hazelnut.
Best Brownie Recipe– moist, chewy and fudgy. It’s a one bowl recipe where the batter comes together in less than ten minutes. These brownies are delicious, easy and highly addictive.
chocolate covered strawberries – this recipes has just two ingredients- Chocolate and Strawberry. Just melt the chocolate, dip the strawberry in them and chill. A guilt free dessert in under 15 minutes.
No bake chocolate coconut pie– this is for all the chocolate and coconut lovers. If you are some one is not found of baking, try this easy no bake chocolate pie. Great make ahead recipe.
Chocolate and Banana Ravioli– this recipe for all those die hard fans of nutella. Irrestible and easy to make.
Vegan Mango Cake– an eggless/vegan mango cake. So easy to make and delicious to eat. Its a fragrant cake with the flavors of cardamom and vanilla.
Valentines day recipes (dinner recipes with tips)-
Pasta with vegetables in tomato sauce– This pasta dish with tangy tomato sauce is packed with vegetables, black beans, cheese and herbs.kid and adult friendly meal, ready in under 30 minutes.
Prep the veggies the day before, grate the cheese. Use the canned black beans, just drain the liquid and rinse before using.
Mediterranean orzo salad – This mediterranean orzo salad is a delicious dish bursting with mediterranean flavors. Chick peas, olives, artichoke hearts ,feta cheese, orzo pasta and many more colorful ingredients are tossed with a home made lemony jalapeno dressing. It is one of the best salad recipes I have ever tasted. Its a complete meal by itself, but can also be served as a side dish.
You can make this salad a day in advance. Just remove the salad from the refrigerator an hour before serving. But if you are planning to make the orzo salad same day – make the dressing, prep all the veggies a day before. On the day, cook the pasta first thing when you get home in the evening. cool completely and toss all the ingredients.
Coriander cashew pesto pasta with veggies– cashew pesto pasta is tossed with veggies and pasta. A great alternative to the regular red/white sauce pasta recipes.
make ahead tips- prep the veggies and make the pesto sauce a day in advance.
broccoli & mushroom stir fry recipe– broccoli and mushroom stir fry is a quick and healthy stir fry made with Asian flavors.The vegetables are cooked in sweet and spicy chilly sauce. Serve the stir fry with your choice of rice. Here is a quick video of the stir fry.
tomato masala rice recipe – tomato masala rice is a quick and fast rice recipe which can be made in less than 30 minutes. Tomato masala rice is made of pureed tomatoes, garam masala, mint and coriander powder. tomato masala rice can be eaten as a complete meal along with a side of cucumber raita and some boiled eggs.
make ahead tips- make the tomato gravy a day in advance. On the day cook the rice and mix with the gravy. Finish with some freshly chopped mint or coriander leaves.
paneer butter masala recipe – paneer butter masala is one of the most popular restaurant favorites in India and around the world. the curry is made with Cubed paneer (indian cottage cheese) and is cooked in a onion, tomato and cashew base. Its a rich creamy sauce and is absolutely finger liking good. Its a great side dish that can be served with Nan ( the Indian flat bread), whole wheat chapathi, plain rice or jeera rice (cumin rice).
paneer butter masala can be made a day or two in advance. Heat it up and add some freshly chopped coriander leaves.
Vegan Tofu curry – a vegan curry made with tofu. Creamy and delicious with the right balance of spice. Serve with nan or rice.
Vegan tofu curry can also be made in advance. Heat it up and add some freshly chopped coriander leave
Simple Egg curry recipe– Simple and delicious egg curry with made with a base of onion, tomato, garam masala, red chilly powder and milk. Its a great make a head recipe.
Valentines day recipes (Appetizer recipes)-
Sweet and spicy tofu video recipe -Sliced Tofu is Pan fried and tossed with sweet and spicy chili sauce and garnished with some green onion.
make a head tips- a day before, make the sauce and slice the tofu and pat try.
2 appetizer recipes with boiled eggs- spicy and sweet egg fry is made using the chinese flavors. chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar coat the toasted egg and makes up for a sweet and spicy egg dish. its a great appetizer or a side with a meal.
egg masala fry is made with indian spices. turmeric, chilly powder and black pepper are toasted in the ghee and coated with the boiled egg. you can also add some garlic, coriander powder and garam masala. Goes well as an appetizer, with a drink or as a side with the main course.
make a head tips- boil the eggs and keep the spice mixture ready.
Broccoli bell pepper nan pizza – a starter recipe made with store bought nan. Broccoli bell pepper nan pizza is a tasty starter recipe loaded with veggies.
Bruschetta with spinach, bell pepper and mozarella cheese– crunchy and tasty bruschetta made with spinach, bell pepper and mozarella cheese.
Mock tails recipes for valentines day –
Virgin Pina Colada recipe– virgin pina colada is a non-alcoholic beverage made of pineapple, coconut milk and ice cubes. It’s a refreshing, creamy and a tasty mock tail enjoyed by both kids and adults.
You can make this drink one day in advance.
Mango Lassi– A thick, smooth and refreshing lassi bursting with mango flavor. Enjoyed by both kids and adults.
You can make the mango lassi, a day in advance.
Orange lemon lime punch– a fun punch made with orange concentrate and lemon lime soda.