The great Indian cottage cheese: Paneer

The great Indian cottage cheese: Paneer

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The succulent and mouth-watering variety of dishes that can be prepared with the Indian cottage cheese paneer are endless. This is one ingredient in the kitchen that is loved undividedly amongst all age groups and definitely glorified by both the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians alike.


There are some differences in opinion about the actual origin of paneer but some say that this treasured Indian cheese was brought to India by the Portuguese. It is believed that they taught the art of paneer making to the Bengalis in the 17th century and since then, it has remained one of the most vital ingredients in Indian cooking.


Paneer is prepared by boiling cow or buffalo’s milk. Once the milk cools down, vinegar, lemon juice or citric acid granules is curdled into the milk and then drained through a muslin cloth.


I love indulging in freshly made paneer tossed into some butter. Crispy on the outside, these little cubes of heaven melt in your mouth. Paneer can be used as a stuffing between sandwiches and as a replacement for egg in the very famous egg bhurji. How can I write about paneer without mentioning paneer butter masala and palak paneer! Paneer parathas are readily available and with some pickle and dahi make a wholesome and delicious meal. I hope you will start making your paneer dish soon from the exhaustive list soon.

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