Microwaving doesn't help. Do I toss it? Substitute brown sugar or something else?
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You recipe probably has some liquid component - maybe melt the amount of sugar you need in that liquid.
yes, that's what i would say, after maybe trying a hammer and a plastic bag. Also google 'softening hard sugar'; couple of good ideas that i used a few yrs ago but just can't remember now,sorry.
forgot to say, palm sugar not essential. white or light brown will do.never a need to 'toss' sugar. google is your frend.
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I've used a microplane and grated palm sugar
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I haven't worked with palm sugar but when my jaggery hardens like that, I heat it in the microwave for short intervals of 15-20 seconds until it softens enough for me to break off a piece.
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microwave for for 10 to 15 seconds
We always use a grater (like a standard cheese grater) to shave off manageable pieces of the sugar. Then, we dissolve it in hot liquid of some kind before adding to the dish.