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Aug 5, 2013 07:35 PM

Have paneer. Not sure what to do.

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: jefpen2

        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).

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

          1. 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.