Description

Paneer is a fresh cheese commonly used in Indian cuisine. It is made by curdling milk with a food acid (such as lemon juice or vinegar) and then straining the whey to obtain a solid curd. Paneer is prized for its mild flavor and versatile texture, making it suitable for both savory and sweet dishes.

Types of Paneer:

  1. Traditional Paneer:

    • Description: Traditional paneer is made using whole cow's milk or buffalo milk. It has a creamy white color and a soft, crumbly texture. Traditional paneer is typically made using a natural coagulant such as lemon juice or vinegar.
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      • Grades: Traditional paneer is graded based on factors such as texture, moisture content, and purity. Grades may include Premium, Standard, and Economy.
      • Moisture Content: Traditional paneer typically has a moisture content of around 50-60%.
      • Counts: Sold by weight or quantity per block or container.
  2. Low-Fat Paneer:

    • Description: Low-fat paneer is made using skimmed or low-fat milk to reduce the fat content. It has a similar flavor and texture to traditional paneer but with a lower fat content, making it a healthier option for those watching their fat intake.
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      • Grades: Low-fat paneer is graded based on factors such as texture, moisture content, and fat content. Grades may include Premium, Standard, and Economy.
      • Moisture Content: Low-fat paneer typically has a moisture content similar to traditional paneer, around 50-60%.
      • Counts: Sold by weight or quantity per block or container.

Additional Information:

  • Nutritional Value: Paneer is a good source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also rich in vitamins such as vitamin D and vitamin B12. However, it is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, so it should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
  • Storage: Paneer should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container to prevent spoilage and contamination. It should be consumed within a few days of preparation for optimal freshness.
  • Uses: Paneer is used in a variety of dishes, including curries, stir-fries, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. It can be grilled, fried, or sautéed, and it absorbs flavors well, making it a versatile ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes.