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  • beth Aug 13, 2004 01:06 PM

Someone mentioned in an earlier thread that paneer is available in Indian grocery stores in Toronto. Any names or addresses?

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  1. i don't know if i've ever NOT seen it. it's everywhere - go to the one nearest you.

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    1. re: Nab

      Thanks, I have never been to an Indian grocery store so I thought someone might recommend a favorite in Little India.

      1. re: beth

        Forgive my ignorance, but what is paneer?

        I saw it on the menu of a restaurant recently and forgot to ask our server what it was.

        1. re: Lazar

          it's a very mild firm indian cheese that is used in cooking. very tasty!

        2. re: beth

          We buy paneer from an Indian grocery and video store on the north side of Bloor just west of Dufferin. We really like "Nanak" brand. It's a bit pricier than the other paneers available at that store but it really is good.

          I have also seen paneer at some Health Food stores.

          I haven't actually looked for paneer in Indiatown but I would think that if Kohinoor (Gerrard and Coxwell) doesn't have it (I'd be surprised if they didn't), they would be able to direct you to somewhere that does. And if they have paneer but don't have "nanak" brand, just ask them which is best quality.

          1. re: llizard

            Thanks so much - I will go there tomorrow. I am attempting to make paleek (sp?) panneer. I hope it works out.....

            1. re: beth

              Beth, our method for making palak paneer isn't traditional because of the way that we prepare the spinach by salting it instead of par-boiling it. However, we do end up with really good palak paneer.

              I think there are probably many different spellings of palak paneer - isn't that always the way with foreign words that are traditionally spelled in a different kind of script?

              Link: http://ejmtph.crosswinds.net/recipes/...

              1. re: llizard

                thank you so much for your recipe. I plan on making it tomorrow. I can't wait to try it. I always order it in restaurants and love it but if I can make a decent version at home even better.....

                1. re: beth

                  You're very welcome, Beth. I do hope it works out for you! Let me know what you think. (Palak paneer is one of my favourites too)

            2. re: llizard

              you folks are absoloutely right. nanak paneer is the best paneer, it does not crumble when you cook it. it has a nice soft subtle texture and is not cheesy unlike the rest of the paneers on the market. do you know it is also available in UK. recently i tried nanak paneer poppers... boy oh boy what a wonnderful appetizer. i tried tandoori flavour, my neighbour tried the jalapeno flavour and it was nice and spicy. if you haven't had the paneer poppers you don't know what you are misssing

              1. re: llizard

                you folks are absoloutely right. nanak paneer is the best paneer, it does not crumble when you cook it. it has a nice soft suble texture and is not cheesy unlike the rest of the paneers on the market. do you know it is also available in UK. recently i tried nanak paneer poppers... boy oh boy what a wonnderful appetizer. i tried tandoori flavour, my neighbour tried the jalapeno flavour and it was nice and spicy.

                1. re: vin

                  Anyone know of a store that carries it within walking distance of the Eaton Centre? I'm stumped!

                  Thanks for any help.

                  1. re: flashy_mcflash

                    It's a bit of a walk, but the House of Spices in Kensington carries paneer.

                    One word of advice for anyone cooking with paneer - the texture becomes much nicer if you cut it into pieces and submerge into boiling water for a couple of minutes.

                    1. re: Cityplace

                      Awesome! Thank you!