Most people have heard of cheddar cheese, feta, mozzarella, Gouda and the famous Roquefort but how many know of the cheese that is consumed by more than 17% of the world? Cottage cheese or ‘paneer’ as it is commonly called, forms a major part of the diet of predominantly vegetarian India and of parts of Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Prepared from the milk of sheep, goat, cows and other mammals by adding a food acid to it, paneer does not melt and retains shape, making it the perfect ingredient to diversified dishes.
Paneer is a rich source of calcium and is good for growing children and for prevention of osteoporosis. Indians believe that paneer reduces chances of cancer, stomach disorders and insulin-dependent diabetes. Interestingly, paneer is also known to reduce weight when eaten in moderation. In other words, delicious, healthy and perfect for the whole family!
Paneer is best had with Indian spices and curries. Merging the spiciness of chilies with its chunky, creamy texture and mild flavor creates an interplay of flavors that is a feast to the senses. Kamat Restaurant in Dubai serves paneer dishes of great variety. With dishes like paneer chutney sandwich and paneer pakoda for snacks and more than 32 dishes with paneer as a main ingredient and desserts like rasgulla which are also a variation of paneer, the paneer spread here can satisfy any craving!! Regulars cite the Paneer Tikka
Masala, the Paneer Hara Masala & the Paneer Kesri Pulao as favorites. Says, Mr. Irfan Gaya, the Managing Director at KGMS, “Paneer is a must-have for a connoisseur of fine cuisine; any dish is enriched with the presence of paneer”. Ignorance is indeed not bliss when confronted with the culinary delight that is paneer!
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