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 Uses of Paneer, Cottage Cheese

  Last Updated : Jan 30,2019






13 Uses of Paneer, Cottage Cheese

uses of paneer in Indian cooking. uses of cottage cheese. Paneer is a type of fresh cheese that is believed to have originated in the Indian sub-continent. Also known as cottage cheese, it is used widely in Indian, oriental, continental, Persian and other cuisines. 

1. Paneer is a versatile dairy product and is used in many Indian recipes whether savory or sweet.

2. Chopped or cubed paneer forms a part of the most famous subzis from all parts of India. A few of the famous paneer subzis are Kadai PaneerPaneer Butter MasalaPalak Paneer. All these subzis are comprised of different vegetables along with paneer, each providing a unique touch to the dish. Paneer easily absorbs this flavor of the curry.  

3. Paneer can be kneaded into dough or stuffed into parathas to make Paneer Parathas. This paratha can be spiced up with different masalas and makes a very healthy breakfast or snack option for all age groups. Other type of parathas which have paneer are Cabbage and paneer parathas or Methi Paneer Paratha.

4. It is also an ideal choice for grilling. Chunks of paneer are marinated in yogurt and spices and then grilled in a hot tandoor till slightly charred. This starter is called paneer tikka and there can be many variations to it as well like Achari paneer tikka and Tandoori Paneer TIkka.

5. Paneer Bhurji is one of the most famous street food recipes in India. Here, crumbled paneer is cooked with onions, tomatoes, garam masala and turmeric powder to make a flavorful snack. To make the paneer bhurji really soft, we need soft paneer. In such cases it is always best to make homemade paneer than getting the store bought one. 

6. Being such a versatile ingredient it now being added to more and more recipes! Chopped paneer can be used as a topping on Tandoori Paneer Pizza, or Paneer and Tomato Open toast.  It be put inside sandwiches, and even wraps like Pahadi Paneer Tikka Wrap.

7. Paneer is a famous ingredient in Indo-Chinese cuisine across India. Paneer chilly or Paneer in Manchurian sauce are a few delicacies that have Chinese influences all over them and are majorly popular across India. 

8. Street food vendors are making full use of paneer in their menus, especially in Mumbai. The classic dosas and frankies have turned into Paneer chilly Dosas and Paneer Schezwan frankie.

9. It also serves as a really creamy filling in different types of snacks like Paneer Stuffed Bread Rolls.

10. When sliced into cubes and deep fried, this cheese tends to hold its shape very well. The batter in which the paneer is dipped can vary in taste and flavors for example Paneer Pakoda.

11. Paneer, which is essentially chenna compressed in a block form, can also be used to make desserts. Indian deserts that require chenna like Apple Sandesh can be made with paneer as it is much quicker than making the chenna from scratch.  

12. Transform paneer into patties and koftas and serve innovative Nutritious Paneer Burgers and Paneer Koftas in Spinach Sauce.

13. Raw paneer cubes make a wonderful addition to salads. They provide a really soft texture to an otherwise crunchy salad.  

uses of paneer cottage cheese

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 by Tarla Dalal
Treat yourself to this fine subzi, made in traditional kadai paneer style, spiced up with an assortment of spices and pastes. The addition of dried fenugreek leaves gives the Kadai Paneer Subzi its characteristic taste, while capsicum and tomatoes complement the paneer well in texture, flavour and volume too. The tinges of ginger and garlic add a pungent dimension to this flavourful dish, which goes very well with puris and rotis. For a complete meal combo serve along with Dal Amritsari and Jeera Rice .
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 by Tarla Dalal
One of the first items that we all tend to look for in a restaurant menu, the Paneer Butter Masala fits all descriptions - classic, all-time favourite, droolworthy, best of the best! Yes, this restaurant-style Punjabi gravy is a necessary addition to your culinary skillset, and it is quite easy and quick too. Paneer Butter Masala is a classic Indian recipe of cottage cheese in a rich and spicy tomato gravy. You can also make a Jain version without onion or garlic. Paneer Butter Masala is best had with parathas or phulkas. As it simmers in your kitchen, the aroma fills the house and brings the family to the table at once! Try other recipes like Badami Paneer or Baingan Bharta.
Many of the best loved vegetarian Punjabi dishes are the ones where paneer is combined with a vegetable. Paneer is widely used and very popular in Punjab due to the abundance of milk and milk products in the area. This combination of spinach and paneer is not only highly nutritious, but is a splendid blend of taste, texture and flavour. The paneer in this recipe has been fried to add some extra flavour. You can however add the paneer pieces without frying if required. Serve with rotis or parathas .
Paneer also known as cottage cheese is used in a variety of dishes world over. It forms a part of salads, main course dishes and even desserts in the form of cream cheese. Known as the Indian cheese, paneer is one of the most versatile ingredients available for cooking. Women in Punjab make their own paneer by adding curds to milk thus making it curdle. This paneer can then be grated or crumbled and combined with a blend of subtle masalas making it an ideal stuffing for a paratha. Make these delicious parathas for your family or guests and watch them disappear in a jiffy. Accompaniments like curds , pickles or cutney is enough to enjoy these parathas. Paneer Parathas also taste great with Panchratni Dal or Whole Masoor Dal and this combo makes a satiating meal.
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 by Tarla Dalal
You might not have ever thought of bringing together cabbage and paneer since both are rather bland in nature – once you try this recipe, you will realise how well they complement each other in flavour and texture. This paratha is a quick fix ideal for any day when you are in a rush. Serve hot with curds and your meal is ready!
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 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer paratha itself is quite popular. Being succulent and flavourful, it appeals to everybody. Now, here is an even more exciting version made using low fat paneer that is perked up with aromatic fenugreek leaves! The methi contributes not just flavour but also substantial amounts of vitamin A and iron to this toothsome dish. Relish these Methi Paneer Parathas with low fat curds or raita.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Succulent cottage cheese in a pure desi avatar! Marinated in an intensely spicy achaari marinade, which reflects the flavour of green chilli pickle, the paneer cubes are arranged into a satay and cooked till perfectly crisp outside, soft inside, and flavourful through and through. The best part is that this Achaari Paneer Tikka is not senselessly spicy – it has an exciting blend of flavours ranging from green chilli pickle to magical spices like fennel and nigella seeds, which are sure to fascinate your taste buds.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A party without tandoori party starters is truly incomplete! And of all such starters, the Tandoori Paneer Tikka is especially popular. The perfect blend of spices and smoky flavour of the marinated and tandoor-cooked paneer is just too awesome to describe. Here is how you can impress your guests by making this all-time favourite party starter at home – and that too quite quickly and easily using a simple non-stick tava. Make sure you let the paneer marinate for at least half an hour as it is important for the flavours to sink in. We have used a little besan in the marinade so that it coats the paneer well. Your guests will enjoy the authentic flavour of this paneer tikka thoroughly, so be ready to take a bow! Try your hand at making other nice starters like the Vegetable Satay or Tandoori Gobi.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer bhurji is a popular preparation loved by indians across the world. It is an easy, spicy dish that tastes great with bread and parathas! down south, paneer bhurji is sometimes used as a stuffing for dosas to make paneer dosa, similar to the aloo-filled masala dosa! the most important tip for making fantastic paneer bhurji is to use fresh cottage cheese, and make the bhurji just before serving; otherwise it tends to get a little soggy.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer or cottage cheese is a type of fresh cheese that’s believed to have originated in the Indian sub-continent. It is used widely in Indian, oriental, continental and other cuisines because of its irresistibly soft mouth-feel, comforting flavour and versatility. This yummy cheese is also gifted with a great nutritional profile. Notably, it is rich in protein and calcium ! Paneer can be made easily at home, and this homemade paneer not only tastes much better but is also more economical than store-bought ones. When making paneer at home try to use cow’s milk because paneer made from cow’s milk is lower in fat compared to that made of buffalo milk. You can use this homemade paneer in various forms like cubed, crumbled or grated, to make subzis , Parathas , mithai , and more!
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 by Tarla Dalal
India meets Italy in this unique Tandoori Paneer Pizza! An assortment of veggies is first soaked in a richly flavoured marinade, and then sautéed to intensify the flavour, before being added as a desi style topping to thin crust pizza bases. The topping is sautéed on a tava to give it a tandoori finish, while the assembled pizza is baked in an oven, as always, to melt the cheese and achieve the right texture.
Buttered and “chutneyed” slices of bread are sandwiched with a succulent paneer mixture flavoured with tongue-tickling spice mixes like garam masala and pav bhaji masala. Add some crunchy veggies like capsicum and onions to the sandwich, and what you have is a creation beyond comparison. The Paneer Sandwich is one awesome deal that nobody can refuse! Make sure you serve it immediately because it will get soggy and chewy after a while, like most grilled sandwiches do. So, enjoy it immediately after grilling. Try other sandwich recipes too, like the Junglee Cheese Grilled Sandwich or Veg Club Sandwich .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer and onions marinated in a delectable curd and mint based marinade, makes this an irresistible tikka! The key to ensuring that the marinade doesn’t slide off the tikkas is to use hung curds and don't miss out the use of cornflour. Wrap the tikkas with a handful of onion rings sprinkled with chaat masala for a simple yet delicious combo! You can also try your hand at other wraps like Bean Sprouts and Veggie Wraps and Stuffed Corn and Capsicum Wrap .
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 by Tarla Dalal
While on a tired day, you might settle for having Fried Rice with chilli-garlic sauce or tomato ketchup, on a more leisurely day you would surely want to have a more exciting accompaniment, like this spicy Paneer in Manchurian Sauce! Paneer, a few other commonly available ingredients, and a few minutes, is all it takes to make this tongue-tickling treat. You are sure to enjoy the contrast between the spicy, tangy, totally Chinese sauce and the soft, mellow, paneer, which together become a truly memorable treat.
Batter-coated and deep-fried paneer cubes are tossed with green chillies and spring onions to make this really scrumptious treat that can be served as a starter or as an accompaniment to the main course . The Chilli Paneer Stir-Fry gets its attractive flavour from a combination of vinegar and oriental sauces like chilli and soya. Make sure you use fresh and succulent paneer to make this dish, so that it remains soft and not chewy after deep-frying.
This dosa is sure to set your tongue on fire! We have cast some Chinese magic on dosa, the ever-popular South Indian snack, to make a unique and exciting dish. You can think of this as a Chinese counterpart for the popular Masala Dosa, just that the usual potato masala is replaced with a fiery paneer chilli stuffing. The stuffing has a spicy flavour and a wonderful texture, thanks to veggies like capsicum, cabbage, tomatoes, and more. It is important to use tomato ketchup in the stuffing because it balances the spiciness of the chillies. You can also try other interesting dosa recipes like the Rava Dosa and Neer Dosa .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Frankies have a very high excitement quotient – for the sheer thrill of biting into a Frankie and discovering the treasures wrapped into it is just amazing! The Paneer Schezwan Frankie is one such chatpata Frankie recipe, where the tortillas are loaded with a tongue-tickling mix of paneer and veggies with tongue-tickling sauces like Schezwan sauce and soy sauce. With its amazing mix of textures and flavours, this Frankie is great to serve at parties or to enjoy as an evening snack. Your kids will love to sink their teeth into one of these when they return from school. Try other such recipes like Mix Vegetable Cheese Frankie or Aloo Cheese Frankie .
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 by Tarla Dalal
A perfect balance of tradition, modernity and convenience, the apple sandesh is a delectable dessert you can whip up in minutes. Here, quickly-made balls of Sandesh are topped with an apple mixture tanged up with lemon juice. Strands of saffron impart a rich hue and aroma to the dessert. Try other recipes like Chocolate Sandesh or Mixed Fruit Sandesh
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 by Tarla Dalal
Shallow fried paneer tikkis make this a low-fat, healthy version of the fat-laden burger.
 
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Soft delicious koftas in rich spinach gravy.
While traveling across the Punjab one comes across the one of the most delicious yet simple snack. . . The pakoda. Pakodas can be made from nearly any vegetable be it spinach, onions, cauliflower, potatoes and even chilies by dipping them in a seasoned batter of besan and then deep-frying. Pakodas taste best when eaten piping hot. Paneer makes great pakodas that melt in your mouth. Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to this wonderful snack that is sure to leave you, your family and guests licking their fingertips. A perfect choice for a High Tea Party . Serve along with crunchies like Herbed Sticks , Jowar Til Nimki , Soya and Til Crispies or Baked Chaklis .
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