Paneer Recipes are an integral part of Indian cooking. Paneer is a versatile dairy product and is used in an assortment of Indian curries, snacks and many sweets.
Paneer is a type of fresh, soft cottage cheese native to the Indian subcontinent. It is made using food acids and the cheese is curdled and set with the help of lemon juice or vinegar.
When lemon juice is mixed with hot milk, the acidity in the juice causes the milk to separate into curd and whey. Paneer is obtained by straining the curd. Although nothing can beat fresh homemade Paneer in a recipe, it can also be purchased in Indian stores.
Paneer recipes are a special favorite in North Indian states, where a general thali (food platter) ordered in any restaurant or served in parties etc. generally contains a paneer based vegetable dish. Paneer is also a big favorite in West Bengal and eastern part of the country where it is generally referred to as ‘chhena’.
With its delicate, spongy and milky flavor, paneer can be used in curries like palak paneer, paneer masala etc. or served grilled as a side like the famous paneer tikkas, kababs etc.
In Bengal fresh paneer or chhena is used to make some of the much delicious sweets like rasgulla, rasmalai, chhena murki etc. It can also be used as a stuffing in parathas, sandwiches and rolls.
Paneer is an all-rounder when it comes to cooking and tastes delicious in any form. As paneer is made with whole milk, it is rich in proteins and calciums, making it a good source of protein especially for the vegetarians.
Here we have tried to bring together some simple & delicious Paneer Recipes. We will keep adding more of them as we cover the fascinating and myriad range of Indian Cuisine.