Valentine’s Day, the Indian foodie way

From nifty gifts to fine wine and the all-important winner dinner, spice up your Valentine’s Day celebrations with an Indian twist…

The card: Playful Indian’s ‘You’re Baingan Baby’

playful-indian baingan baby Indian greeting card

Anyone with even the most rudimentary grasp of emoji innuendo will get an extra little thrill from this cute cartoon card.

  • Playful Indian’s You’re Baingan Baby card costs £2.25. For more information and to order, click here

The gift: Spice Kitchen’s Masala Dabba


Complete with 10 fine-grade spices, this shiny silver tin offers the keen cook everything they need to start rustling up Desi delights. Play your cards right and you might even get to sample the results.

  • Spice Kitchen’s Masala Dabba costs £24.95. For more information and to order, click here

The wine: Soul Tree’s Zinfandel Rose

Zinfandel Rose Indian wine Soul Tree

It’s off-dry, a romantic blushing pink, and promises a ‘pleasing finish’ – which is surely what everyone wants on Valentine’s Day?

  • Soul Tree’s Zinfandel Rose costs £8.99. For more information and to order, click here

Dinner out: Gunpowder’s Heart Menu


As romantic as they are non-squeamish, Harneet Baweja and Nirmal Save have masterminded an offally nice menu featuring the organ most closely associated with love (no sniggering at the back). The likes of black pepper-garlic chicken heart skewers, Dakshini duck heart fry, and ox heart cutlets should get pulses racing, especially when combined with a a tipple of two from Gunpowder’s punchy cocktail list.

  • Gunpowder, 11 Whites Row, London E1 7NF. The Heart Menu is available on 14 February. For more information, click here

Dinner in: Motu Indian Kitchen


It can be as tricky to find a good Indian takeaway as it can the love of your life, but when the former comes from the team that brought you Gymkhana and Trishna, you can bank on a winner dinner. Order a tandoori mixed grill and ditch the cutlery in favour of scooping morsels mouthwards with pieces of tender naan.

  • Motu Indian Kitchen delivers to Southeast and Southwest London. For more information and to order, click here

The sweet finale: Waitrose 1’s Indian Dark Coconut Chocolate

Waitrose 1 Indian Ocean Coconut Milk Dark chocolate

Made with India-grown cacao and enriched with the milk not of an animal but a coconut, this chocolate gives you an even better taste of the tropics than a Bounty bar. The 100g size should comfortably do two.

  • Waitrose 1’s Indian Coconut Milk Chocolate costs £2.19. For more information and store details, click here
  • To read more about Gunpowder’s Harneet Baweja, click here
  • To read about more India-inspired chocolate, click here
  • For more Indian Valentine’s Day inspiration, click here


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