Wouldn’t your date be wowed by a three course Asian meal? Not only will the vivid colours light up your date’s eyes, but the deep flavours are a delight for the taste buds and satisfying for the stomach.
So that you’re not spending a lot of time planning the menu, we have designed the perfect three course meal right here.
The Perfect Asian Starter – Aloo pakoras
Get your date off to a good start by serving crunchy pakoras with a light fluffy filling.
200g gram flour 150ml water 1 tsp salt ½ tsp coriander powder 50g coriander leaves 250g potato 60g boiled sweetcorn 3 green chilies
1. Begin by making a batter – sieve the flour into a bowl, adding the water and whisking until smooth. 2. Now throw in the salt, coriander powder and coriander leaves and stir well. 3. Meanwhile, peel your potatoes, boil and mash them before folding in the sweetcorn and chillies. 4. Now for the fun part – grab a small handful of the potato mixture and shape into a flat ball with the palm of your hands before dipping into the batter prepared earlier. 5. Shallow fry until golden brown and keep going until you’ve used up all your mixture.
For a serving dip, raid your cupboard for some chutney, chili sauce or simply serve with some natural yoghurt!
Main course – Lamb curry with rice
When it comes to impressing your date with your culinary skills, you can’t go wrong with a mouth-watering lamb curry.
250g boneless lamb pieces 2 tbsp ghee 2 tbsp garlic paste ½ cup of chopped onion ½ tsp cumin powder ½ tsp cinnamon 2 cardamom ½ tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp red chilli powder 1 tsp salt 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1 cup water ¼ cup natural yoghurt ¼ tsp garam masala a handful of chopped coriander leaves
1. Start off by putting the ghee in a wok and add the garlic paste, chopped onion, cumin powder, cinnamon and cardamom. 2. When the garlic and onion are slightly brown, that’s your cue to add in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and tomatoes. 3. Cook for a few minutes before adding the washed mutton pieces and stir regularly for five minutes on medium heat for evenly cooked lamb chunks. 4. Now add the water and allow to cook until the sauce thickens like gravy. 5. Finally, stir in the yoghurt and garam masala.
Finish with a garnish of fresh coriander and serve with some basmati rice following the directions on the packet to cook.
Asian Veggie option – Mutter paneer curry
This earthy dish is delicious, healthy and will leave your date asking for the recipe! “Mutter” simply means peas and “paneer” is a soft crumbly cheese used in Asian cuisine.
200g fresh paneer diced in small cubes 2 tbsp ghee 2 tbsp garlic paste ½ cup of chopped onion 1 tsp cumin powder 2 tsp coriander powder ½ tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp red chili powder 1 tsp salt 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1 cup frozen or boiled peas 1 cup water 3 tbsp cream ½ tsp garam masala a handful of chopped coriander leaves
1. Similar to other Indian dishes, you’ll need to heat the ghee in a wok before adding the garlic paste, chopped onion, cumin powder and coriander powder. 2. Sauté for a few minutes until the garlic and onion are slightly brown. Now add in the turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and tomatoes. 3. Allow to cook for a few minutes and then throw in the peas, paneer and water. Stir well and let it cook until the sauce thickens from its soupy consistency. 4. To finish, just stir in the cream, add the garam masala and garnish with some fresh coriander leaves.
Serve alongside some warm pita bread or rice.
Typical Asian Dessert – Mango phirni
You’ve probably comes across a plain phirni but with a hint of mango, this dish is all the more enticing and exotic.
250ml milk 75g sugar 25g rice flour 1 tsp cardamom powder 3 tbsp mango pulp a handful of golden raisins
1. Simply boil the milk and sugar and add in the rice flour. 2. Reduce the heat and keep stirring until you have a thick batter-like consistency. 3. Add in the mango pulp, cardamom powder and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Serve cold in a fancy dish and sprinkle with golden raisins on top.
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