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Jul 26, 2010 04:47 AM

Looking for paneer!

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:

    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.

        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?
                They would be the first place I'd try over there.

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

                  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.


                1. 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.