Indian Cheesy Peas
I love making paneer at home. It's so much nicer than the stuff in plastic vac packs you can buy off the supermarket shelves. Paneer is Indian cottage cheese. This is not only a substitute for meat, but is a very important ingredient in it's own right. Paneer is very much about the texture and doesn't really have a strong flavour of it's own. Like soya or tofu, it takes on the flavour of the sauce it is in.
It is very easy to make and is the kind of cooking that makes you feel a bit like an earth mother - makes you feel good about yourself. It can either be used as small blocks which are deep fried and added to a sauce, not fried and added to vegetable dishes, marinated and grilled or crumbled into masala sauces.
Dishes such as palak paneer (spinach and paneer) or paneer makhani (paneer in a creamy sauce) or muttar paneer (peas and paneers or cheesy peas!) have made this ingredient famous throughout UK restaurants. I recently found out (to my horror) that a number of Indian restaurants no longer serve paneer in these dishes and substitute it for cheddar cheese? How is this the same? Well in my opinion its not, so a word of advice - ask before you order.
This can be added to a tomato sauce, you can tandoori it, add it to a veg sauce or a butter sauce. You can also flavour the paneer by adding in pepper, chilli flakes, coriander, cumin seeds into the milk before you add the vinegar.
|Typical values*||per Serving|
|of which saturates (g)||9|
|of which sugars (g)||0|