India's love affair with paneer has given birth to a plethora of dishes. One can have paneer for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and not get jaded. After all, there is so much that you can do with this versatile cheese. Paneer or cottage cheese is said to be a good source of protein. Cottage cheese obtained from cow milk contains a good amount of protein that could become a part of your vegetarian diet. Did you know - 100 grams of paneer comprises as much as 23 grams of protein? It is said that breakfast is the best time to capitalise on your weight-loss plans with high-protein diet. Adding some paneer recipes to your daily breakfast may do wonders for your diet. Wondering how to make the most of this delectable cheese? Step this way!
1. Paneer-Moong Dal Chila
Moong dal is touted to be one of the best sources of plant-based protein. You can use it to make the nation's favourite chila. The desi pancake is made with a fine paste of moong dal. You can top this moong dal with protein-rich paneer. Protein helps induce the feeling of satiety. If you feel full, you binge much less, and that paves way for sustainable weight loss. Click here for the recipe of moong dal chila.
2. Paneer Paratha
We agree, the moment you think paratha you are bound to picture all things greasy and good. But the truth is that you can prepare it in a healthy fashion too. Choose good oil, and avoid using too much oil while cooking. Make your parathas using only whole-wheat flour.
3. Paneer Cutlet
Instead of deep-frying your cutlets, you can air-fry them or cook them in little oil, and cut back on oil intake. Paneer cutlets are a hit with both kids and adults, alike. Pair it with chutney, or ketchup, and you are good to go.
4. Paneer Bhurji Rolls
Paneer bhurji is perhaps one of the easiest paneer preparations we know of. Scrambled paneer tossed with green chillies and onions goes very well with roti. If you do not have the time to sit and indulge, you can spread some of it on your roti, roll it up and have it on-the-go.
(Also Read: How To Make Paneer Bhurji)
5. Paneer salad
When you are pressed for time, it is a good idea to whip up a quick salad. Since raw paneer contains most amount of nutrition, you can throw in a good amount of paneer chunks into your salad, and some greens add to it (think: lettuce, spinach). You can use any dressing of your choice, but if you are craving something desi, you can use some pudina chutney.
Try these protein-rich paneer breakfast ideas at home and let us know how you liked them in the comments section below.
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About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.