Indulge in the ever so versatile, humble and an all-time favorite ingredient we all grew up with - paneer. Paneer is a type of fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine. It's a special favorite with North Indians, and in eastern parts of the Indian Subcontinent where it is generally referred to as chhena.
Paneer is a type of fresh cheese that can be easily made at home. Since it is made with milk, it is naturally loaded with calcium. All you need are three ingredients - milk, lemon juice or vinegar, and a pinch of salt. When you mix the milk and lemon juice, the acidity in the lime causes the milk to separate into curds and whey. Strain the curds and you will get fresh, homemade paneer.
With it's delicate milky flavour, paneer can be used in curries or served grilled as a side like the famous Paneer Tikkas from Punjab. In Bengal fresh paneer or chhena is used to make some of the much-loved desserts like rasgulla, rasmalai, chenna murki and many more. If you're buying paneer from the market, remember that you will find two varieties - hard and soft. Though the soft one is preferred by many, one must remember soft cottage cheese stays fresh for a lesser duration as compared to the hard one. Soft cottage cheese is great for salads while the hard one can be used to make snacks or in curries.
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Here are our 10 best paneer recipes that will bring back warm memories and tickle your taste buds.1. Hot Paneer Sandesh Pudding
Recipe by Chef Seema Jindal Jajodia
With a dessert as healthy as this you don't have to worry about the weighing scale tipping to the wrong side. A guilt free sandesh made with paneer, no sugar and only organic fruits.
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Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
Paneer cubes wrapped in an exciting flavor combination. Marinated with sesame seeds and yoghurt, baked perfect and served with onion rings.
3. Dum Paneer Kali Mirch
Recipe by Chef Divya Burman
A little black pepper magic is enough to make a recipe deviate from the usual. Paneer in a luscious creamy gravy with mild spices and black pepper. Exclude the cream if you want to make it low in fat.
4. Paneer Kofta
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
This one is the winner on the table. Koftas never fail to entertain friends and family. Small rounds made with paneer and doused in a deep, rich gravy. Tastes great with a hot crisp naan or a roti.
5. Paneer Bhurji with Kasuri Methi
Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka
The is a great recipe to entertain a crowd. Desi flavours of cottage cheese, tomatoes, dried fenugreek, and cashew nuts dominate the dish.
6. Veth Chaman
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Veth Chaman is a traditional recipe prepared by the Kashmiri Pundits. Paneer cubes fried in mustard oil, tossed with mild spices and finished with a milky base.
7. Paneer Makhni Biryani
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani
Simple yet stylish. Fried cottage cheese cubes doused in a creamy gravy, layered with rice and cooked 'dum' style.
8. Multani Paneer Tikka
Recipe by Chef Rajdeep Kapoor, Hotel Eros Park Royal
Give the good old paneer tikka a new makeover. Here's an interesting recipe, paneer and vegetables are imbued with aromatic herbs and spices, wrapped in a besan mixture.
9. Roomali Paneer and Chutney Butter
Recipe by Chef Manish Mehrotra
Throw in a little creativity and rustle up something new. Jammed with chutney and nuts, paneer pinwheels are baked with an aromatic butter crust. With inventive twists, this recipe is worth the effort.
10. Paneer Kadhai Masala and Ajwain Rotis
Recipe by Chef Poppy Agha
This fiery dish often ordered at restaurants can now be re-created at home. Paneer, spices, tomatoes, and chillies tossed togethar and served with ajawain rotis.