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I have resolved to make more Indian food at home this year and while most vegetarian dishes and meat dishes do not elude me, I cannot make my two favorite dishes, mutter paneer and saag paneer. Where does one find this elusive cheese? I know you can sub tofu and sometimes feta/halloumi for it, but I'd rather not. Any leads out there in Montreal?

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  1. Don't recall seeing it in stores but have never looked for it either because it's so easy to make at home. Download some of the countless online recipes. Or check out one of Madhur Jaffrey's books. Or do both:
    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry...
    www.foodandwine.com/recipes/homemade-...

    1. You can find it at any India store, in the Jean Talon area, Victoria Street, Wet Island on Sources.
      Hope this helps. Try Singh Farms or Marche Victoria.

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      1. re: ricknelcan

        I second that emotion. There are a slew of Indian groceries to check out in those three "Little Indias" ricknelcan describes above. If you're closest to the Jean-Talon area, it's between L'Acadie & Parc.

      2. Like ricknelcan said, any South Asian grocery store will have it. It's also quite easy to make it yourself, and really worth it if you use the whey resulting from the process to make Madhur Jaffrey's Mattar Paneer recipe. It's absolutely fall-on-your-ass delicious.

        http://www.recipesource.com/ethnic/as...

        1. There are large bags of it frozen at the Akhavan on Sherbrooke.

          1. Where do you live?

            You can find this at indian groceries. I know of a grocery in Laval called Cherry and one in VSL on des Sources, beside Aikawa sushi restaurant (sorry i don't have the name of it).

            If you use google maps and search for "indian grocery" you might be able to find one near your home.

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            1. re: SourberryLily

              I live in Sherbrooke and while I frequent a couple of Middle Eastern grocery stores, they don't carry it. I come into Montreal twice a month so I will check out some of the places you guys have mentioned (our pied-a-terre is down the street from Akhavan, actually). I really appreciate it.

              Oh, I have nothing against making it but I'd rather find it first before I go that route.

              1. re: Peaches to Poutine

                have you tried Délices des Nations in Sherbrooke? http://delicesdesnations.ca/
                They would be the first place I'd try over there.

                I've gotten Paneer at Akhavan and at Rocky Montana, myself.

                1. re: TheSnowpea

                  Delices des Nations is a no-go, sadly.

                  1. re: Peaches to Poutine

                    Akhavan has paneer?! Gosh that place never ceases to amaze me.

                    1. re: SourberryLily

                      It's in the freezer, opposite the en vrac nuts counter.

                      Paul.

                2. re: Peaches to Poutine

                  if you're in that neighbourhood and feeling casual, you might try dad's bagel, sherbrooke corner wilson. their fridges are stuffed with homemade indian. great sag paneer, if a bit oily. lots of others too. bagels meh.

              2. OP- u are right.
                Paneer is paneer (and I am a tofu die-hard)- plus very difficult to get the same texture in homemade as in store bought-specially when frying the cubes e.g for matar paneer.
                if can find Nanak's (from Vancouver); here in Montreal- IMHO - best !!!!! also non frozen is the best as it retains more moisture vs. frozen that becomes more chewy when defrosted and then cooked.
                http://www.nanakfoods.com/products/da...

                there are two small East Asian grocery shops near St Laurent. (downtown)-do call them
                New Madina Super Market Inc‎-17, Rue Ontario Est, Montreal, QC H2X 1G8, Canada‎ - (514) 849-0546‎

                New Marche Meghan
                1605 Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X2S9, Canada
                (514) 845-9688

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                1. re: divya

                  You can find Nanak in one the "outlets" in the industrial area across from Marché Central. The place in front of Coco Nut (nut roaster haha) has them.

                  1. re: divya

                    I was at Madina the other day to pick up some supplies and I can confirm that they do indeed have Nanak paneer (non-frozen).

                    1. re: divya

                      I saw Nanak brand at Fruiterie Muscat (St-Denis and Laurier) today. They had some in big blocks, packaged like firm tofu, and some bags of cubed fried paneer.

                      1. re: stak

                        The block of paneer at Muscat is 7.29$, I usually pay 4$ in indian grocery stores in Park-ex

                        1. re: isa1

                          Wow - really? It was my first time there and I was impressed with their selection of unusual stuff but it did seem pricey. I didn't realize HOW pricey!

                      2. re: divya

                        paneer at New Marche Meghan
                        6.99/brick and frozen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                        too expensive for my taste.

                      3. Cost me $5-6 bucks @ Punjab Foods in Lasalle - comes refrigerated, or if you're really stuck on fresh, hit up any Pushap Restaurant, they sell their homemade one there.

                        Punjab foods:
                        http://maps.google.com/maps?q=punjab+...

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                        Pushap
                        1661 Av Dollard, Lasalle, QC H8N1T7, CA

                        1. You can find it at Noor on St Catherine. It is a bit west of St Mathieu (maybe 1-2 blocks, somewhere near St Marc) on the north side of the street.

                          1. Actually, i just checked. Noor is on St Catherine and St Marc (between the stores Mediaphile and Croissanterie - Noor is not listed on google maps)

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                            1. re: omnomnomchocolat

                              omnomnomchocolat
                              thank you
                              i will update when i get it -the price

                            2. Make your own, it's looks to be super simple. The Spice Godess on the FN did this and my first thought is WOW, how simple was that!!!