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Have paneer. Not sure what to do.

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cleopatra999 Aug 5, 2013 07:35 PM

I bought paneer because my grocery store was out of halloumi which I wanted for BBQ skewers. It worked great on the skewers on the grill. Now I have a bunch left and I am not sure what to do with it. The package said to use it up within 5 days of opening. I don't cook with Indian spices because they are not readily available and are not my SO's favourite. Any other ideas?

  1. JungMann Aug 5, 2013 07:50 PM

    Paneer freezes beautifully. I only really buy paneer to make malai kofta, or vegetarian "meat" balls. The paneer gives the potato and vegetable fritters a rich flavor and if I end up with excess, it just goes in the freezer.

    If you don't want to cook with Indian spices, you can cube the paneer and grill it to add to grain salads or in lieu of mozzarella in other hearty salads. Fried cheese curds are one thing; fried paneer fritters (pakora if you will) are another. You could also use it in lieu of tofu in a stir fry, or steep in a flavorful marinade for baked paneer.

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      jefpen2 Aug 5, 2013 07:51 PM

      Like tofu it is somewhat flavorless. I use it for curry, but you can also crumble it up into omelets. Try stir frying some spinach with garlic and ginger. Add a bit of cumin and coriander and the paneer. Don't cook it too long or it will sort of melt. Just a minute or two. Serve w/rice or flat bread.
      You can also grill it and then use it in sandwiches. Good luck!

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        pine time Aug 6, 2013 08:26 AM

        Definitely delicious with spinach (palak paneer). If you don't have/don't like Indian spices, use whatever you do have/like. Nutmeg is always great on spinach (lightly used).

      2. meatnveg Aug 5, 2013 08:06 PM

        go nuts. http://www.tarladalal.com/RecipeSearc...

        1. chefj Aug 6, 2013 11:57 AM

          Toasted Paneer Sandwiches is a great way to use up Paneer. There are many, many recipes and Combos.

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            Siegal Aug 6, 2013 12:15 PM

            If you don't want to by the spices you can just buy a jar of curry sauce??? The brand is patak. They sell it in regular supermarkets.
            That way you can give it a try without buying all the spices - maybe your husband will like it.

            1. greygarious Aug 6, 2013 01:46 PM

              Paneer is good in non-Indian dishes too. I disagree with likening it to tofu. I think it's more like ricotta salata (without the salt) or dry ricotta. It definitely has a dairy taste. I will use paneer cubes in tomato sauce for pasta, or whir it in the food processor and add it to the mixtures for meatballs and croquettes. You can slice it into thin layers and use it in lasagna. I add cubes to Asian stir-fries and to vegetable soups.

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                pine time Aug 7, 2013 08:18 AM

                I've never purchased paneer, but I do make my own soft version for rasgullas. Anyone know if you can use store-bought paneer & do the syrup soak for some version of rasgullas?

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