Cottage Cheese Recipes Indian Style

Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese)

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In India, cottage cheese is the perfect alternative for vegetarians! Paneer, the name it is known by in India, is often homemade in big blocks and then cut into cubes or slices. It's not runny, as it is in the rest of the world. Its delicate milky flavor easily absorbs and adapts to the flavors of other ingredients used in a dish with it. As a result, it is very versatile. Here are a few of my favorite Paneer recipes. Enjoy!

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    How to Make Paneer

    How to Make Your Own Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese)

    Nothing beats the taste of fresh, homemade paneer! First things first. Learn how to make paneer.

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    Palak Paneer

    Palak Paneer

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    This mildly flavored palak paneer dish is delicious. If paneer is not on hand or you want a dairy-free option, you can also use tofu or add veggies such as cauliflower or potato.

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    Mutter Paneer

    Mutter paneer peas cottage cheese

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    This North Indian curry made with mutter (peas) and paneer (cottage cheese) is probably the most frequently ordered dish in Indian restaurants. Make mutter paneer in your home and you've got a sure crowd pleaser!

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    Badami Murgh Korma (Indian Chicken Korma)

    Badami Murgh Korma (Indian Chicken Korma)

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    Korma originates in northern India and is a family-friendly dish since it appeals to all palates. Almond meal adds depth and flavor to this deliciously filling meal. Serve the korma dish with hot naan and you're sure to impress!

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    Tandoori Paneer Tikka Kebabs

    Tandoori Paneer Tikka Kebabs

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    Soft, juicy chunks of paneer marinated in Tandoori masala and then grilled with veggies! Tandoori paneer tikka kebabs are a great dish to serve at your next barbecue.

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    Grilled Paneer in Tandoori Seasoning

    Grilled Paneer in Tandoori Seasoning

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    This simple grilled paneer dish can be made ahead of time and grilled quickly when you're ready to eat.

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    Indo-Chinese Paneer Sichuan

    Paneer Szechuan - Indo-Sichuan Style Paneer

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    This easy recipe uses previously prepared Indo-Chinese Szechuan Sauce that can be made ahead and stored in your fridge for future use. Guests will love this paneer Sichuan.

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    Rasguilia Indian dessert recipe

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    Soft, spongy balls of cottage cheese soaked in chilled sugar syrup. Nicely made Rasgulla melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more . . . always!

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  • 09 of 10

    Ras Malai

    Ras Malai


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    Ras Malai is dumplings made from cottage or ricotta cheese soaked in sweetened, thickened milk delicately flavored with cardamom.

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    Sandesh mishti

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    No Bengali meal is complete without mishti or sweets and none is more loved by the Bengalis than Sandesh. It is surprisingly easy to make.