Shrimp Salad in a Savory Cup

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I am really missing home today. I can almost visualize all the yummy, delicious food that Mom must be cooking – different varieties of seafood, meat and sweets. I won’t be surprised if I come to know that she ended up making a 7 course meal. Today is Bengali New Year called Pohela Boishakh in regional language. We never really follow the calendar so religiously. I can’t even memorize the months, dates and etc. The only thing I remember is that on this day, we wear new clothes, Mom cooks amazing food, gifts are exchanged and families get together.. A day full of fun and laughter. Since we are in different time zone, we will celebrate it tomorrow. I and hubby will treat ourselves with some of our favorite sweets and savory treats 🙂

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Today’s post is pretty special to me. It’s a challenge, my first Daring Cook Challenge! When I saw the email from DK mentioning that my blog got approved to participate, I was super thrilled. Immediately, I jumped there to see the month’s challenge and I laughed out loud. This month’s challenge is to make savory edible containers and fill it with something appropriate. If only the mail would have come just a day before.. I had just posted my Tortilla Cups recipe 🙂 You got it.. right ?! 😀

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Anyways, this was challenging as well as interesting. I didn’t want to make the same thing again and most importantly, I wanted to make the cup from scratch. After cracking my head a lot and talking to my friend Deepa, I came up with this recipe. It’s pretty simple and you can use the dough to make savory, crunchy cookies too! Deepa uses similar ingredients to make her savory cookies and that’s how we thought of trying the same dough for cups, and it worked!

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Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 17th to May 16th at!

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Ingredients for the cups


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1 tbs roasted cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp carom seeds/ajwain
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup curd/yogurt


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and knead to form a soft dough.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll it into a thin layer. Then, use a cookie cutter or a knife to make 2 inch squares sheets.
  3. Grease the muffin pans with little oil and press down the square sheets into the pockets.
  4. Bake it at 375 F for 15 mins.
  5. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before you take them out.


You can use the same dough to make some savory cookies too. However, the baking time for the cookies will be 20 mins. These cups can be made much in advance . I made these 8 hrs in advance and they were still crispy.

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  • Nandini
    April 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Wow! That’s a very great salad there. It’s a nutritious and flavourful treat!

  • Nishi
    April 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    AWWWW!!! Lovely clicks again!!! I just looove those cups 🙂

  • Audax Artifex
    Audax Artifex
    April 14, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Welcome and hello to the Daring Cooks’ and congratulations on your first very successful challenge.

    Your photography is stunning but the prawn salad in those savoury dough cups are amazing. That last photo is so so beautiful. And the salad sounds so delicious thank you for including the dough recipe as well I love the idea of spices in it as well. Bravo to you.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      It was fun Audax, really enjoyed a lot. Thanks so much for your lovely comments 🙂

  • veena
    April 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    cute looking salad cups!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    April 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    wishes for a great year ahead kankana- cant really comment on the taste being a vegetarian, but ur idea n creativity n the pics makes me wanting u to win the challenge-!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      SO sweet of you 🙂 Me hoping too 😛 finger crossed !

  • Manu
    April 14, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Fantastic job Kankana! They look beautiful… great pics as always! You surely get my vote! 🙂 Happy New Year then! 🙂

  • Priya
    April 15, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Very inviting and salivating,wonderful job, love it..Happy new year wishes Kankana..

  • Priya Mahadevan
    Priya Mahadevan
    April 15, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Kankana, if I were to ever become a shrimp eater – i will certainly only follow your recipe – the picture and presentation are amazing dear 🙂

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
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    April 15, 2011 at 6:00 AM

    What a colorful and festive little snack. Great party food!

  • yummychunklet
    April 15, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    These are great and creative cups! Great first DB challenge post!

  • Richard Haber
    Richard Haber
    April 15, 2011 at 6:38 AM

    My, do those look PHAT (Pretty Healthy and Tasty)! We have changed our diet to eliminate beef and have increased the seafood component, so this comes just at the right time. We are going to see if substituting whole grains in the pastry will work and maintain the texture and savory flavor.

    Subho nababarsho (did I get that right?)

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      You sure did say it correctly 😀 Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Laura @ Family Spice
    Laura @ Family Spice
    April 15, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Those look adorable! I love all the colors you’ve incorporated. Delicious!

  • sonia
    April 15, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    This is looking absolutely delightful Kankana….! Very nicely made and presented.

  • Karishma
    April 15, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    I’m in danger of repeating myself everytime I come here 🙂 once again, your pics look straight out of a cookbook/magazine my dear! Lovely recipe too! And today was a new year for us too in Kerala (another Mallu-Bong connection!)…so, Kankana, Shubho Naboborsho to you and your husband!

  • Rosa
    April 15, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    That is such a wonderful idea! A delightful recipe. Those cups are terrific.



  • Agueda
    April 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Welcome to the Daring Cooks! I like the photos very much, beautiful work you have done over here. I will definitely try those savory cups. Thank you!

  • Heather Kingery
    Heather Kingery
    April 15, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    OH my goodness!!! First, I noticed how incredibly cute the cups were. Second, I realized apple was involved… how amazing does that sound with shrimp! Never thought of that before!

  • Vicki @ WITK
    Vicki @ WITK
    April 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Such a fabulous presentation and recipe. These photos really make the food pop! Great work on this months challenge!

  • Soma
    April 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    These cups I have to make. Like it better than the tortilla ones as these will def. have more flavor and texture. Really Really lovely idea and Mmm.. with shrimp.. any time.

  • Vimitha
    April 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    They look so very perfect, colorful and yum… Pls pass one to me…

  • Suz
    April 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Welcome to the Daring Cooks. 🙂 Your shrimp salad cups are so beautiful and bright. They make me think of sunny days. I bet they taste amazing.

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    April 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Thank you everybody.. I really enjoyed making these cups !

  • Kimberley
    April 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    I love cute food, especially when it involves shrimp!

  • Anne Marie
    Anne Marie
    April 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM


    What is the 1/2 cup of curd that you use? Is it the same as lard?

  • tigerfish
    April 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    I did not know it was Bengali New Year till I heard about it from a friend yesterday. Happy New Year and what a lovely snack to welcome it. 😀

  • Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food
    Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food
    April 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    What perfect little bites these are. And the seasoning you’ve added to the cups themselves complements the filling ingredients so well. I’m lucky enough to live on the coast and have access to wonderfully fresh, wild-caught shrimp. Can’t wait to try these!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    April 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    This is just so beautiful, and delicious looking! I really love your presentation, recipes, and ohh photos are gorgeous!!!

  • Pia (Taga_Luto)
    Pia (Taga_Luto)
    April 15, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Welcome to DC! Your edible container are gorgeous. I like your presentation and your shots as well. Congrats to your first challenge!

  • Morgan
    April 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    The cracker cups look delicious and I love the filling! Beautiful photos!

  • tasteofbeirut
    April 15, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    This challenge you passed with flying colors! I loved the little cups and the dough with the little crunch and flavor of spices is perfect!

  • nisha
    April 16, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    i totally love this idea of yours..the tortialla cups better cos it really needs no prep time 🙂

  • anja janssen
    anja janssen
    April 16, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    Really your entry is in my top 5 edible bowls. I love the pictures and the colors. And the recipe tastes delicious.

  • tinytearoom
    April 16, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    aww these little cups are awesome. I really like the spices in the pastry. adds a lovely special flavour, it’d make a nice change.

  • Renata
    April 16, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    What a beautiful interpretation of the challenge! And your photos are stunning! I have only read your e-mail message today, I was away for a few days and was only checking back briefly… sorry for that. Thanks for participating on the challenge and making such a beautiful work!

  • Andrea
    April 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    These are beautiful! The cups look so elegant. Makes me wish I weren’t so ‘rolling out’ phobic!

    [email protected]
    April 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    I really really love what you came up with! This is beautiful!! I have been thinking of what to do for those edible cups and I hope I come up with something as good as yours! Beautiful job! And your photos are gorgeous!

  • Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris
    Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris
    April 16, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Wow !!!! Thank you for letting me discover your blog…Very original recipes, great pics!

  • Ameena
    April 16, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    What a beautiful post – from the photos to the recipe to the writing…you are a superstar my friend. I am so excited to find your blog!

  • Cakewhiz
    April 16, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I like your idea for cups…i am not much of a seafood lover but i am sure i can use different fillings in those cups. Next time i have people over, i will serve these for appetizers 🙂

  • wizzythestick
    April 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    What a perfect little appetizer. love these little shrimp bites!

  • the food doctor
    the food doctor
    April 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    welcome to the daring cooks….your pictures are stunning ..thank you for including the dough recipe..looking forward to trying that…amazing first challenge 🙂

  • Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks
    Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks
    April 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    So cute, and great pictures!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets
    April 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    What an adorable idea for finger food. I gotta try this!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    April 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    They look so gorgeous, perfect party food!

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    April 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Thank you everybody 🙂

  • aipi
    April 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Will make for a perfect appetizer- great idea n recipe!

    US Masala

  • torviewtoronto
    April 18, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    neat and delicious looking appetizers

  • Deborah
    April 19, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    These are beautiful, and the filling sounds divine!!

  • mai
    April 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Wow, these look absolutely divine . Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • ShopCookMake
    April 22, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    This is too good! I love it

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