30 Mar 2014

Watermelon Mint Juice Recipe

Watermelon signals the arrival of summer and juices are galore in our house. This is the best thirst quencher! Whenever I have some watermelon in this scorching weather I always say a thank you to God that  watermelons are available during the peak summer months.  I would not want to have this fruit at any other time than the 3 peak summer months. How well God thinks, plans and orchestrates amazes me beyond words!




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27 Mar 2014

Paneer Bhurji Recipe

I am always eager to make paneer recipes. I love paneer and  can eat anything made with paneer. This dish is very simple to prepare and goes well with roti, paratha or even dosa.


Paneer is Indian Cottage cheese and this can also be called as scrambled cottage cheese!
I have made a very simple bhurji, you can do any combination you want. This was so tasty that I had it just like that with a spoon!




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26 Mar 2014

Marunthu Kuzhambu Recipe

Marunthu Kuzhambu is a popular South Indian curry. Literally translated it means medicinal curry. It gets this name from all the ingredients that goes into making this kuzhambu. Each ingredient has some medicinal property and having this at least once every month is good for the body, it helps to clear the system.



This is one of my dad's favorite and my mom makes it often. It's very easy to make and tastes awesome too. This was one of my grandmother's classic dishes loved by many! Do try it out.


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25 Mar 2014

Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

This is one of the very best chocolate cakes you will ever taste! With every bite, the flavor just explodes in your mouth, taking you on a short trip to chocolate heaven! (yes, there is a chocolate heaven! If you love chocolates as much as I do, you will know where it is!)
The whipped cream frosting and the chocolate ganache added to the flavor. The richness of the chocolate cake and the silky smooth  ganache and the soft airy whipped cream, turned out to be a yummy combination! This is THE best chocolate cake ever!


Best Ever Chocolate Cake


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24 Mar 2014

Andra Chicken Masala Recipe - My guest post for The Cooking Bud!

This is a special post today! When I was asked by Heena of The Cooking Bud to do a guest post for her, I was happy to oblige. Heena is one of the sweetest person I have come across! All my life I have been blessed with great and sincere friends and Heena adds to that list! I am so glad to have come across her!




She has 3 blogs, The Baking Bud, The Cooking Bud and The Reading Bud and I love all three of her blogs. She has moved to WordPress and her blogs are looking awesome! Do visit them!

When she asked me to do a guest post for her, I was thinking of doing something for the baking bud as I am just waiting around for an excuse to bake! But then, when Heena asked if we cook andra styled chicken masala, I could not refuse! More so because we had just made andra chicken masala that day!

So here's a spicy and flavorful chicken masala! For the full recipe, do visit The Cooking Bud...
Thank you Heena for inviting me over to you place!

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22 Mar 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe - A guest post by Tanya

Today I am delighted to have Tanya from Easy and Simple Foods do a guest post for me! Tanya is a wonderful person I have come across. Blogging has given me some wonderful friends and Tanya is one among them.



Her blog is an awesome blog with unique recipes. I love all her posts and you must visit her blog for more! I am so glad she agreed to do a guest post for me. How can my blog be without a guest post from a good friend!
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21 Mar 2014

Marie Biscuit Chocolate Balls Recipe | Easy No Bake Recipes

I love making 'chocolate something' for my little nieces and nephews and when I had a request from one of my niece, I went hunting for a good chocolate recipe. The criteria was that, she wanted something that she can munch on as she studied for her board exams. She was craving chocolate and I was only too pleased to make something for her! 




I finally decided on 2 things that I would make for her. One is this Marie biscuit balls and the other was a fudge bar. I will post the fudge bar later. This chocolate balls were very easy to prepare and a kids delight! This can be made for parties too.
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20 Mar 2014

Vazhakkai Chips Recipe / Raw Banana Chips Recipe

As a child I remember eating these chips and yam chips and potato chips made by my mom, I remember taking them to school in my lunch box and even to college and I always remember these chips will always disappear first from my box, everybody loved it! Even at home when my mum made it, my brother and me, would never wait to have it with rice, it always got over instantly.


Vazhakkai Chips

These chips are so crispy just like the store bought ones. These can be had as tea time snacks. Kids would simply love munching on this. I had my mum do the scraping while I took pictures. There's no way, I could scrape and click pictures and she was not comfortable clicking pictures.

This was a huge hit with my kids. It was a treat to even see my one year old nibbling on these chips. I tell you, no one can eat just one!!!


Raw Banana Chips


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19 Mar 2014

Eggless Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe (egg free and dairy free)

I normally bake with eggs and recently I have been forced to bake eggless for others and loving it! I recently posted another eggless chocolate cake which was a huge hit. This time, I had to bake an eggless cake for my driver's daughter's birthday and I chose another recipe, this was a huge hit too! Just look at it!! It makes me want to dig in to it, all over again!
Egg free Dairy free Chocolate Cake


This is such a soft and moist cake and it literally melts in the mouth! I frosted the cake with ganache and whipped cream and every bite was absolutely heavenly. The guests who ate the cake, were absolutely delighted!

This is a very simple cake to make. The other eggless chocolate cake that I posted uses yogurt, but this one does not use yogurt. It's an egg free and dairy free cake! I love such cakes!! I adapted this recipe from here


Egg free Dairy free Chocolate Cake

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18 Mar 2014

Vegetable Biryani Recipe

This is one of the simplest biryani to make. It is also a very flavorful dish. It can be made as a one pot meal and we make this often in our home since it's awesome to pack for lunch boxes. It is so easy to make if you have all the vegetables and onions cut, then it takes about 10 minutes to put it together.




You can add any vegetables you want. I have used potatoes, beans, fresh peas and carrots.

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17 Mar 2014

Basic Rasam Recipe

For South Indians, rasam is almost an elixir of life! It is made in all homes and since it is so good for digestion, some even make it everyday. There are various ways to make rasam and this is the way we make it in our home. There are also different varieties of rasam, today I want to post the basic tamarind rasam. 


Rasam

I am not so crazy about rasam but I would love to have it once in a while but my family loves rasam so we make it almost everyday! This can be had as  a soup too and it's very good to have during cold.

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16 Mar 2014

Thayir Vadai Recipe

Thayir vadai or dahi vada or curd vadai is a delicious chaat item or snack. This is popular all over India but each region has a slightly different way of making it. It is made by frying the vadai and then soaking it in rich creamy curd and letting it rest for a few hours for a delicious burst of flavor!


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15 Mar 2014

Apple Pie Tartlets - A Guest Post by Heena Rathore

Today I'm happy introduce a 'budding' blogger Heena! She blogs at TheBaking Bud,  TheCooking Bud and The Reading Bud. The first thing that attracted me to Heena's blogs were the names. I simply adored it! In fact, I was slightly annoyed with myself for not thinking hard enough to come up with such an innovative name for my blog! Of her 3 blogs, my favorite is The Baking Bud. Simply because I love desserts and I LOVE chocolates! Her baking blog is like disney land to me! So many chocolate recipes. I shamelessly drool over all the yummy recipes!




And that's how I asked her if she would write for me. I'm really glad she agreed! I've never made tartlets before and this is a wonderful recipe.
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14 Mar 2014

Crab Fry Recipe / Nandu Varuval Recipe

This is another one of my mother's specialty recipes. It is quite similar to the prawn masala that I have posted already. The taste of this, is simply out of the world! Finger licking good! Literally! It's also very simple to prepare. Extremely spicy dish, so you will have to adjust the spice level to your preference. We love it like this. I will also upload a video on how to clean crabs soon.


Nandu Varuval

My mom has been making this all my life but I never used to eat it! Somehow eating crabs was a chore! But then, one day, my kind brother patiently removed the flesh from 2-3 crabs and gave me to taste and from then on, I have never said no to crabs! Especially the ones my mum makes! It's worth all the time and trouble to eat these!
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13 Mar 2014

Fruit Trifle - A Guest Post by Shey

Today I am happy to have Sharanya, fondly called as Shey, over at my space! Shey blogs at Just Not The Cakes and her blog is simply awesome! If you have not visited her space, you must do so immediately! I will remember Shey's blog forever and it will remain special to me since her blog was the first one I ever went through! It was the month of Christmas and she was hosting an event for Christmas and her event was the very first one I ever entered! I didn't win anything at that time but I had lots of fun going through all the other entries and I learnt so much about blogging. Also, my first ever award was from one of her events so that too is special to me!




I love Shey's blog for all the deserts (especially the chocolate fudge, you've got to check it out!) and for all the unique recipes, like the Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes and Andalusian courgette Tortillas! (Have you heard of it? Well, I haven't!)
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12 Mar 2014

Potato and Capsicum Fry Recipe

Cooking veggies is one of my favorite things. Bringing 2 or 3 vegetables together to make a stir fry is absolutely divine! I know, you must think I'm crazy but I love cooking vegetables! I don't know if it's common to make potatoes and capsicum together but I tried it the other day since we had too many capsicums at home and the end result was yummy! It went very well with rice.




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11 Mar 2014

Whole Wheat Oats Nutella Bars Recipe

Ever since I made the whole wheat oats peanut butter bars, I have been itching to re create that recipe with nutella. Since the peanut butter bars were a huge hit, I knew that the nutella re make, will also be good. What I did not expect was a taste that was beyond my expectations! This tasted too too good!




These bars are a little dense since it's made with atta and the top layer may seem a little dry but the insides are so ooey and gooey, it will make you want to have another one!


When ever I make brownies or bars, I normally wait for them to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate them for a few hours so that I am able to cut neat squares but this time, I just could not wait! Hence the uneven and unruly cuts!



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10 Mar 2014

Strawberry Pana Cotta Recipe

I have always seen these beautiful pictures of pana cotta and wanted to make one. This time around, with all the strawberries lying around the house, I decided to try a panna cotta with strawberries. I should say it tasted really really yum!
You can make panna cotta with half milk and half cream but I have used full cream for this recipe. And hence it tasted more rich and more yum!
I love this dessert, more so because it is wonderful to make this for guests. It can be made ahead of time and can be made as individual servings and it's so good to look at and it tastes so good!
Check out the other panna cotta recipes - mangochocolatecoffee, coconut milk, dairy free coconut milk panna cotta.




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Saffron Shrikhand Recipe - A Guest Post by Rafeeda

Today I am extremely happy to share with you a guest post from Rafeeda who blogs at The Big Sweet Tooth. I first came across her blog as I was blog-hopping, during my early blogging days. Her blog immediately caught my attention. As I was going through her blog, I simply loved it and spent about 45 minutes going through her blog! I love her recipes, there is so much variety and she has some unique recipes. I love reading her posts, she writes so well and I never miss reading them since her writing is so simple yet so profound!




I was so happy when she agreed to my request and wrote a guest post for me. When she sent me the mail, I sat staring at the photo attached for so long! If only I could have some of that lovely shrikhand!! It looks so creamy and so smooth and so yum! I love shrikhand and this one looks absolutely awesome! 

Do visit The Big Sweet Tooth for more such wonderful recipes.

Thank you Rafeeda for writing this post! 



Hello to all the readers of Fulls Scoop…

First of all, I am total ice-cream fan and each time I visit Beulah’s space, I just have a look at that scoop and ice-cream on the header of her blog, control myself of temptation and then scroll down to see the drool worthy recipes that she posts!

I was glad when Beulah wrote to me for a guest post and I took the opportunity with open arms. Beulah’s blog, though new, is filled with lovely recipes and attracted me to follow her page. A little bit about myself – my name is Rafeeda, and I blog at “The Big Sweet Tooth”. I am a Keralite Indian based in the UAE, a working mother of two beautiful daughters. Just like my name suggests, I have a terrible awful sweet tooth and can gulp in any number of sweets in a sitting, but due to my burgeoning weight, I am forced to control my intake to the minimum that is possible!

Being true to my name, I thought and zeroed down onto a recipe, which contains sweetness!!! I love yogurt based desserts and if it has a tinge of saffron, then it is “sone pe suhaga” for me! Shrikhand is always a dessert that I love to have at any given time. Apart from the time of draining the yogurt in a muslin cloth, it hardly takes any effort to whip it up and can be enjoyed with minimum guilt. I have already posted Aamrakhand, which is basically Shrikand with mangoes in my blog before. This time, I made it with saffron and I don’t have to tell how glad I was with the overall dessert. I really wished I would have made more so that I could have gone for a second serving! Off to the recipe:

Saffron Shrikhand – Saffron Yogurt Dessert
Serves 3



Ingredients:

  • 650 ml low fat yogurt
  • 100 ml milk
  • 15-20 strands of saffron
  • ½ cup sugar (adjust as per sweetness)
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • Pistachios for garnishing

Method:

 Keep the yogurt on a muslin cloth on top of a deep bowl. Close the bowl and keep it overnight in the fridge for the whey to drain.

Heat the milk in the microwave for 40 seconds. Put the saffron strands in it and allow it to seep for a minimum of an hour.

In a mixing bowl, add the drained yogurt, the saffron infused milk, sugar and cardamom powder and whisk well till combined. Serve in bowls, sprinkled with chopped pistachios!

Once again, appreciate your invitation to be a guest on your blog, Beulah… Hope you enjoyed the post as much as I did. Here is wishing you a fruitful food blogging experience for many many years to come… 


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9 Mar 2014

Potato Fry Recipe / Urulaikizhangu Varuval Recipe

This is a guest post by my husband!! He agreed to do a post for me! I'm proud to introduce my husband Arun to you all!
    - Beulah

“How will it be if Mr.Fullscoops cooks one dish for a day? And then post the recipe in my site?” asked my wife.

First reaction of mine was: "No way". 

But then I realized, you can’t say No to Mrs.Fullscoops who does the toughest job of managing our two little Jr. Fullscoops (toddlers) and still keeps her passion alive with her blogging.

I said ‘Ok’ and I was avoiding doing that for a long time. Then one Saturday, I decided to fulfill my promise. I was looking for a simple recipe which I love. (My exposure to cooking was limited to my bachelor days in UK, where I had to cook to have a decent South Indian meal. Though I was in UK, my stomach always wanted only sambar/rasam/tamarind rice. So I had to learn by experimenting at cooking). With the available vegetables at home, my eyes were stuck on potatoes which has been one of  the best companion to my rice dishes of those days.



In order to refresh my memory on how I made it, I sought the help of my cooking coach- my mother (she is super fast and super efficient at cooking – “tasty dishes in shortest time” – that’s her motto). After consultation with my coach, took my ingredients and did what I call “Potato Fry” or in Tamil “Urulaikizhangu Varuval”.  

I really didn't want to fail as I often boast that I cook well! Fortunately by God’s grace, it came off really well! The FullScoops family had it with tamarind rice that happy afternoon and we lived happily ever after… haha :)



Ingredients
  • Potatoes – 5
  • Onion – 1 large
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Sambar powder – 3 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste

Method
1.       Pressure cook the potatoes for 3-4 whistles. It should be cooked but not mushy. Chop them into small pieces.



2.       In a bowl, add the potatoes, sambar powder and salt and mix well. Set aside.
3.       In a pan, add oil and fennel seeds and curry leaves.



4.       Add the onions and saute until the onions become translucent.
5.       Add the masala coated potatoes and mix well.



6.       Keep stirring in low or medium flame for about 8-10 minutes until it all blends well and the potato turns golden in color.

Goes well with rice.




Notes
1.       If you don’t have sambar powder or don’t want to use sambar powder, add red chilli powder or any masala of your choice. Or even a mix of many masalas.
2.       Using non stick pan helps as you need less oil and the potatoes and masala won’t get stuck to the pan.
3.       But using an iron kadai, gives a better roasted potatoes
4.       If you’re not using a non stick pan and if you find the potatoes sticking to the pan, add a little more oil and keep stirring.

Until next promise to be fulfilled,


    (Mr. Fullscoops)

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7 Mar 2014

Pomegranate Juice Recipe / Mathulam Pazham Juice Recipe

Pomegranates are extremely good for health. We buy this often in our home and mostly we like to have it as it is. Even my daughter likes to have it as it is but sometimes we do make juice out of it and that tastes good too. Especially during summer, we make juice out of any fruit and have it. I love the color of this fruit. It is such a brilliant color! 
Check out the pomegranate milkshake recipe for a different kind of pomegranate drink.
Also check out the egg free pomegranate mousse and pomegranate ice cream recipes.


Pomegranate Juice

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6 Mar 2014

Mint Thogayal Recipe / Pudina Thovaiyal Recipe

This is one of my dad's most favorite so this gets made very often in our home. Mint is so flavorful and full of health benefits. This can be had with rice. On a lazy day when you haven't made anything, a mint thovaiyal with rice and rasam, makes a simple dish so flavorful and delicious. This combination is a comfort food for many, it is that good! This is very common in South Indian homes. Check out the coriander thogayal and karuveppilai thuvaiyal recipes too.




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Strawberry Shrikhand

This dessert is made with sweetened yogurt and tastes too good! I had too many strawberries this season and unfortunately none of them were sweet enough to eat it as it is so I had to make lots of desserts and drinks to use it up. Not that I'm complaining! I love these fruits! Enjoy a guilt free dessert!




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5 Mar 2014

Mushroom Biryani Recipe / Kaalan Biryani Recipe

I love mushrooms! I used to hate it earlier. I don't know where, but I had it somewhere and it was not good and I never went near mushrooms again. But after marriage, I tasted mushrooms in my in laws house. I was newly married and did not want to offend my mother in law by saying no to her dishes! I am glad I did not say no! It tasted so good and from there on, I have never looked back. Learnt how to cook them well and now mushrooms are my favorites! 
This mushroom biryani, tasted too good. My husband enjoyed it so much and gave me many compliments! We loved it so much that now I make different kinds of mushroom biryani like millet mushroom biryani or this paneer mushroom biryani!
Do try it out.


Mushroom Biryani


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3 Mar 2014

Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe (with yogurt) and My 100th Post!

This chocolate cake is special because I am celebrating my 100th post! YAY! It has been a delightful 3 months of blogging. I have had so much fun, I never thought I will enjoy blogging so much! Of course it has made my life more ridiculously stressful and hectic but that does not take away the joy of sharing and meeting new people and coming across new recipes. With 2 kids under the age of 2.5, it is not easy to write recipes and taking elaborate photos is a luxury! There have been many days when I have just clicked pictures on the kitchen counter since I did not have time and my kids were screaming! 
But looking back, I feel it's all worth it! So I'm celebrating with this delicious cake! Join in with me in celebration!




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Garlic Chutney Recipe | Poondu Chutney Recipe | Easy Chutney Recipes

If you like the taste of garlic then this delicious chutney is for you. And if you don't like garlic, then you too should try this chutney - it will change your opinion and you will love it! Goes well with idli and dosa. I love this chutney, it's a little spicy and tastes awesome.




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1 Mar 2014

Event Announcement - Taste Of Tropics

I am extremely happy to announce that Chef Mireille's event 'Taste of Tropics' is happening here for the month of March. Thank you Chef for giving me this opportunity! The theme for this month is CHOCOLATE/COCOA. Chocolate warms and comforts and sympathizes doesn't it! I know Valentine's Month just got over and you all must have prepared sinfully rich chocolate dishes! I welcome you all to share your recipes.




Rules
1. You can add any recipe using chocolate / cocoa.
2. Any number of new recipes and archived recipes are welcome.
3. Usage of logo in your posts is mandatory.
4. Please give a link back to this event announcement page and Chef Mireille's page.
5. Any number of archived posts are welcome but add the logo and link back to this page and Chef Mireille's page in all the entries.
6. Like my facebook page and Chef Mireille's facebook page.
7. Use the linky tool below to add your entries.
8. Event runs between 1st March to 31st March 2014
9. Maximum number of entries will be selected as winner.
10. Please mail me at blogfullscoops@gmail.com if there are any issues.


Enjoy!



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