Paneer wins the award for being the most versatile ingredient in Indian cooking. Fry it, tandoor it, sauté it or eat it raw, it instantly elevates the flavour and nutrition quotient of a dish. Paneer or cottage cheese as it is known worldwide is one of the most loved foods by vegetarians and nonvegetarians. The soft milkey cubes are perfect for curries, tikkas and parathas. For long years, milk and milk products has been most important part of the diet of human. Paneer is also one of the most important milk products, which is used by the human fraternity as a complete proteinecious and healthy food. Paneer was introduced to India by Iranian and Afghani invaders. These migrants brought with them the technique to acidify heated milk and turn it into an instant cheese that can be stored and eaten as a great source of proteins. Being a derivative of milk, paneer is rich in calcium, vitamin A, carbohydrates, phosphorus and proteins. What comes with great taste are all the benefits it carries. A strong immune system and good digestion is what makes for a healthy life. Apart from this, glowing and healthy skin, boost in haemoglobin, strong bones and teeth and prevent joints problem. Paneer is famous for its many main course dishes like mutter paneer, palak paneer and paneer tikkas. It is now being reinvented on international level as a healthier alternative to cheese in world gourmet. There is so much that can be done with paneer due to its easy availability and convenient packaging. Paneer stuffing can be easily made at home and stored in the fridge for later use. Here is an easy recipe that you can try for some fun with paneer.
1 tsp oil
½ medium onion, thinly sliced
¼ capsicum, thinly sliced
1 cup panner, grated
1 tbsp chilli sauce
salt to taste
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1. Firstly, in a large pan heat a tsp of oil and sauté sliced onions till they start to shrink.
2. Then add thinly sliced capsicum and sauté for a minute or two.
Do not over fry, as you need to enjoy the crunchy bites.
3. Add grated paneer and sauté for a minute.
4. Add chilli sauce, tomato sauce, soy sauce and salt to taste.
5. Mix well and keep aside.
This simple 5 step recipe is a handy one in the kitchen. Keep this stuffing ready and add it to dosa,paratha, sandwich, rolls and momos. Paneer can be used in so many creative ways and you canhave your own customised version of noodles, wraps and pizzas with this healthy variety ofcheese. So whenever you feel happy and elevated, say paneer!