Paneer has quickly acquired popularity in Canada, and is now readily accessible in supermarkets, thanks to its prominent part in popular meals such as pakoras, kebabs, and Bengali sweetmeats. In Canada, it is majorly available in two forms: deep-fried chunks and one-pound slabs.
Paneer is well-known as an Indian cheese, normally cream-colored and unsalted cheese, prepared with curdled milk through fruit or vegetable acid such as lemon juice, yogurt, or vinegar. It should be solid but not hard. The following characteristics distinguish Paneer from other cheeses:
- It’s an unaged cheese
- It’s a soft cheese
- It doesn’t melt
Paneer can be eaten as a breakfast, snack, or as part of a meal. Whatever its origins, Paneer is an important and delectable element of Indian culture. The softness and fluffiness of the cheese should be judged while judging a paneer meal.
It is rich in potassium, fat, iron, protein, calcium, and magnesium and is also eaten as a substitute for non-vegetarian food. It is a good source of food, especially for athletes as it helps them to maintain fluid levels and prevents muscle cramps.
History of Indian Cheese
Everything has its origin, and so does paneer. Here is a little origin and history of paneer.
Due to its enormous cattle population, the subcontinent has always had a strong dairy heritage. For instance, ghee, lassi, milk, and more.
Cheese has been manufactured in the Indus Valley Civilization since milk was curdled with a variety of sour green plants, barks, yoghurt, and berries. The Vedas mention two forms of cheese: those with pores and those without, which are quite similar to modern-day paneer.
Due to the high regard for the animal, the Aryans who conquered the region prohibited curdling cow’s milk. Because milk was at the top of the Ayurvedic food pyramid and was prized for its relaxing, tranquil, and nourishing qualities, ‘spoiling’ it by curdling it was forbidden for centuries. It was introduced in India in the 16th century by Persian and Afghan rulers.
Can Paneer be made at Home?
The answer to this one question is ‘Yes’. Paneer can be made at home with simple and basic ingredients which include, whole milk, lemon juice, and cheesecloth. These ingredients are easily available at home. Also, this Indian cheese can be made within an hour at home.
DesiTurka offers a delicious appetizer on its menu that is made with the help of fresh homemade Indian cheese which is mixed in spices and is batter-fried. It is famously known as ‘Paneer Pakoraa’.