Do you remember the priceless Bollywood moments when the bride brings a glass full of Badaam milk to her new husband on their wedding night? He smiles, she blushes, he drinks the milk and then the camera moves to the burning flame of a candle kept by their bedside. Very suggestive, and yet very relevant! Considering that almonds boost our stamina and energy, drinking Badaam doodh might ensure a happy marriage for the couple! Do you ever wonder what is the correct “recipe” for a good marriage or a legendary romance and how to get it right?
So here goes, this little checklist is for those who want to maintain their exciting sex life, and even for those who are about to embark upon a new journey. These little kitchen hacks are easy to do and they are good for your general well being, so even if you are not into “mind-blowing honeymoon-ing” (I judge you a little), you can still eat these yummy dishes and thank me later. If you are allergic to nuts or are pregnant or wanting to conceive, I suggest you research these foods in great detail before you consume them.
#1 Why eat Badaam Doodh, Badaam Katli or Badaam Halwa?
Almonds are rich in nutrients and good fats. They are known to increase energy levels and were eaten in ancient times to increase stamina, so eating some Badaam katli or drinking badaam kesar milk at night, might not be a bad idea after all! Almonds are rich in zinc, selenium and vitamin E, they contain vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that can improve sexual health and reproduction.
#2 Saunf after dinner! ~Fennel is Lovers’ Food~
Our ancestors really knew what they were talking about when they recommended we chew a little saunf aka fennel seeds after dinner. Not only do fennel seeds refresh your breath, they are also known to increase libido! Fennel is even mentioned in the Kama sutra. It is known to have powerful properties that act as an aphrodisiac and also boost the female libido. If you are using fennel seeds, you can add it to your drinks, desserts and even your curries. The classic Bengali panchphoran also contains fennel seeds.
If you are eating fresh fennel as a vegetable, you can pair it with orange, dill perhaps some prawns and make yourself a refreshing salad!
#3 Honey coated Makhana popcorn
Honey too has been mentioned in the Kama sutra, to be taken with ghee. It has also been mentioned in the Bible; being rich in nutrients it was traditionally given to the groom in Indian weddings. Honey can be drizzled on makhana roasted in ghee to make a tasty treat. Makhana is also nutrient rich and is known, in Ayurveda, to increase sperm count and boost male fertility. So clearly, these two paired together are a great snack for you! In fact, in ancient scriptures like the Kama Sutra there’s also mention of having milk, honey along with fennel soaked in water and mixed dried fruits and nuts for building stamina and for its aphrodisiac properties. Do try this at home!
#4 Seafood Curry
While oysters are known to be the ultimate aphrodisiac, other seafood like crabs, prawns, lobster and even clams or mussels are also good for you. In fact, the French soup, Bouillabaisse, had it been easily available locally, would have been the perfect foodmantra for good sex life. Since we don’t have access to this French recipe, we will have to make do with its Indian counterpart, the traditional and therapeutic coastal seafood curry. Simply cook shellfish with some coconut milk and turmeric, or add in some Goan fish curry masala, curry leaves or even kokum for yumminess with rice. Pick a curry you like, and the bigger the variety of shellfish and seafood you can add, the better. Bon A petit!
#5 Roasted Beetroot & Cheese Sandwich
Beetroot is good for building stamina and it also increases blood flow and boosts your general health. No one can deny this gorgeous colour of love that it brings to your table. Beetroot, when roasted, tastes amazing with salty cheese. So you can simply make a sandwich with multigrain bread, few slices of cheese alternated with roasted beetroot. Grill it in butter and you are good to go!
#6 Watermelon & Beetroot (Viagra) Juice
Watermelon, like beetroot is also known to increase blood flow. In fact, watermelon juice has been called “Viagra” juice. If you’re trying to conceive soon, some studies say that watermelon might not be the best choice. So do look it up once before you start overloading on watermelon juice. In 2008, research conducted at Texas A&M demonstrated that watermelon may have a Viagra effect. The phytonutrients known as lycopene, beta-carotene and citrulline found in watermelon help relax blood vessels. So together with beetroot, this juice can do wonders for men!
#7 Ghee wala Dry Fruit Halwa
Ghee and honey are among the most important foods mentioned in the Kama sutra. Pure Cow’s Ghee, organic and made by following the ayurvedic process is the best option to choose. It contains Vitamin K and is known to increase sexual power and sperm count. Dry fruits and nuts including almonds and makhana are known to increase energy, stamina and when paired with ghee, they work wonders. Ancient tales also talk about dry fruit halwa made with ghee being served on the wedding night. You can sweeten the halwa with organic honey to increase its benefits.
#8 Almonds coated in Dark Chocolate
There’s no doubt that chocolate lifts our mood! Research has shown that chocolate consumption leads to the release of phenyl ethylamine and serotonin, leading to some aphrodisiac and mood-lifting effects. Since we have already established that almonds are good for ones sexual health, dark chocolate coated on almonds would be the perfect gift for your loved one. As you may know, refined sugar is not our friend so when it comes to making wise choices, try opting for dark chocolate with low sugar. You can simply make these chocolates at home by dipping almonds in tempered cooking chocolate available in most kirana stores.
#9 Jaiphal ki Kheer
While spices like nutmeg (jaiphal), cardamom (elaichi) and laung (clove) are rich in antioxidants and good for our health in general, they also help in improving libido. Nutmeg is also known to be a natural aphrodisiac food. Adding it to a bowl of mashed sweet potatoes or flavouring your kheer or milk shake, or even buttered mushrooms with it, is a good idea. Adding dry fruits and nuts to the kheer including makhana, almonds and pistachios will make this dish perfect if you want to show some love.
Other than these dishes that can be made easily, other simple food like banana, strawberry and even sesame seeds are often used to increase the “love quotient” in your daily meals. You must remember though, that these foods are less immediate and more appropriate for long term ambitious goals, be it for general fitness or in the bedroom. I have read up on various articles about the Kamasutra, on ancient Indian customs, research done by scientists and literature found in the scriptures by Indian historians to put together this information. There are some interesting books on this subject. If you’re interested in knowing more about them, then do write in the comments section below and I will be happy to share a post dedicated to great books on the subject of food and seduction. Until you get to the next level, try these everyday foods.. Happy Honeymooning!