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Dried shrimp

Ingredients3 cups dried shrimp, very small shrimp1 large red onion, finely chopped4 tablespoons oil1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder1 tablespoon coriander powder1 teaspoon cumin powder1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder OR less if you like it less hot1 tablespoon lemon juice2 tablespoons chopped cilantroInstructionsDry saute dried shrimp in a wide pan, until it gets more dry. This will take about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring every minute. Set aside and when it cools down a bit, using your fingers, crush the dried shrimp, as much as you can. Set aside.Heat oil in the same pan, and when the oil is hot, saute onions for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Stir every minute.Add all the powdered spices and saute for a minute. Add...

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Palak Paneer

Ingredients2 cups paneer, cubed1 frozen pack spinach, thawed1 jalapeno, chopped1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste1/2 cup full fat plain yogurt1 tablespoon cumin seeds1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder1 teaspoon garam masalaSalt to taste3 tablespoons oil1 cup red onions, finely chopped2 tablespoons lemon juiceInstructionsHeat oil in a 3 qt pan and saute cumin seeds, jalapenos and onions until onions are brown in color, about 7-10 minutes over medium heat.Add ginger garlic paste and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Stirring frequently.Add all the spices and spinach; cook for 10 minutes, DO NOT cover the pot with a lid, else spinach will turn brown in color.Pour this mixture in a blender and puree. Bring it back to the pot and add paneer cubes, sprinkle some lemon...

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Paneer butter masala

Ingredients1 lb paneer, cut in cubes SOME LIKE TO DEEP FRY, BUT I WOULD REFRAIN1.5 cups tomato puree2 teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves1 teaspoon garam masala1 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon sugar4 tablespoons unsalted butter3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped1/2 cup cashew nuts, soaked in 1 cup water for an hour, then pureed using a blenderInstructionsIn a 3 qt pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2-3 minutes, then add jalapenos, saute for another couple of minutes.Add cashew nut puree and tomato puree, mix well. Add garam masala and stir. Cook covered for a few minutes on medium low heat. Stir every once in a while.Add paneer pieces, adjust salt, sugar...

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Coconut butter cake

Ingredients3 eggs1 cup semolina1 cup sugar2 cups fresh grated coconut1 cup butter1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon vanilla extractInstructionsBeat eggs, sugar and butter in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Set aside for 4 hours.Bake for 20 - 25 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350 F, or until done. Let it cool, cut into pieces and serve.

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Coconut barfi

Ever since I had my house blessing ceremony, I had 2 coconuts, which I religiously broke opened and grated, and froze the shredded coconut. I love doing such things, and its always a treat for my coworkers and friends when I take this burfi to work.My mom says use equal amounts of shredded coconut and sugar, but I use 2/3rds amount of sugar. This dish takes some time to make, about 45 minutes, but it cooks on its own and you need to stir it every 5 minutes. Ingredients4 cups shredded coconut (fresh, from the Indian store, or grate a fresh coconut yourself)3 cups granulated sugar6 cardamom pods, muddled1 cup whole milk1/2 cup khoya (unsweetened milk solids) OPTIONAL, this will...

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