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Where to buy Paneer in Cambridge/Somerville?

davis_sq_pro Jun 26, 2007 03:16 PM

Trader Joe's used to sell fresh blocks of paneer, but they haven't had them in stock for ages. I tried the frozen cubes-in-a-tub sold at the Indian market in Davis Square and discovered them to be freezer burned, dry, and bland (all at the same time! Ugh!) Any sources in the area for the fresh stuff?

  1. tazia Jan 4, 2012 02:50 PM

    Any updates on where to get paneer in the Cambridge/Somerville area? Russo's doesn't stock it regularly and the version at Whole Foods I found was $9 for a relatively small amount. Looks like Shalimar might be the best option, but I'm hoping there might be a few more options now.

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    1. re: tazia
      smtucker Jan 4, 2012 03:37 PM

      The Indian market next to the Somerville Market Basket always has paneer.

      1. re: smtucker
        fesenjan Jan 4, 2012 03:49 PM

        Yes, I second this -- over to the back right of the Market Basket at 400 Somerville Avenue. I've always found it there, reasonably priced. I think it's called Little India Market.

        1. re: fesenjan
          dulce de leche Jan 9, 2012 11:54 AM

          They've got a couple of brands, but both are $4.99 for the same size (unfrozen) block--I can't remember how big, but I think 1 lb.

          I think the prices are about the same at the store in Central.

      2. re: tazia
        Bob Dobalina Jan 5, 2012 06:55 AM

        I think there is an Indian market on Mass. Ave. maybe across from Pemberton Farms - not sure if they have it, but a candidate for further inspection.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina
          FoodDabbler Jan 5, 2012 03:14 PM

          Foodland. It's a Bangladeshi store and it carries frozen paneer. I haven't seen fresh. Their frozen foods are iffy, I've found, but I've not tried their paneer.

          1. re: FoodDabbler
            emannths Jan 5, 2012 03:27 PM

            There's also Nimah Market at the corner of Mass Ave and Rindge. I've never been inside, and many of the reviews on Yelp seem to indicate that it's relatively expensive.

            1. re: emannths
              sweetfern Jan 9, 2012 11:21 AM

              If you can get to Waltham....Moody Street has excellent Indian stores, prices are the lowest around, makes spices sold at other stores look exorbitant.


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        another_adam Jun 26, 2007 04:38 PM

        Shalimar (indian market in central square) has it in the refrigerator case (vacuum-packed blocks, I can't remember the size offhand). I personally don't find them necessarily better or worse than making it at home--which is indeed easy, but not as easy as slicing up a premade one! If I'm going to use it in a sauce, homemade is nice because it's softer; if you're going to fry it, the premade block is easier, because it's firmer (at least more so than when I make it)

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          davis_sq_pro Jun 26, 2007 05:40 PM


          1. re: davis_sq_pro
            peregrine Jun 27, 2007 01:35 PM

            Go out Mass. Ave to Arlington Center, where Chai Cafe has paneer blocks as well.

            1. re: peregrine
              davis_sq_pro Jun 27, 2007 01:58 PM

              Perfect, and I can eat at the Indian restaurant across the street (I can't remember the name, but last time I was there it was pretty good -- not as good as the place in Lexington, though).

              1. re: davis_sq_pro
                peregrine Jun 27, 2007 05:32 PM

                The restaurant, which also runs the Cafe, is Punjab. They have moved a few doors further out on the same block into a larger space and added several items to the menu. It's definitely competitive with Kushboo now.

                Bon appetit, or however you say that in Hindi/Punjabi.

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          bear Jun 26, 2007 03:22 PM

          Whole Foods sells paneer. It's also actually pretty fun and easy to make it yourself, and a lot cheaper! It really doesn't take too long, either.

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            davis_sq_pro Jun 26, 2007 03:35 PM

            Thanks; I'll check out Whole Foods. I tried making it myself once, but the result was ultra-crumbly, even after being pressed in some cheese cloth. Not at all what I was expecting. I'm not sure if I did something wrong, but I'll have to try again at some point!

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