Paneer or Cottage cheese is a good source of proteins, calcium, vitamin A and Vitamin B. It is super healthy and nutritious.
Best part is Paneer can be made at home from scratch –
The process starts with curdling milk. This is done by adding an acidic substance like lime juice or vinegar to warm milk.
When the acidity of the milk increases, curds of casein protein separate from the whey, the liquid part of the milk. Add more water to lessen the vinegary taste.
Now, filter this curdled milk with a muslin cloth/cheese cloth and try to remove all the water/moisture. Take the cloth with the cheese inside and press it with both hands, some more water will be released. Keep the tied cheese below a heavy pan or a heavy kitchen object and leave for some time. After sometime the cheese can be cut into pieces and used.
Dinner parties are incomplete without a sumptuous Paneer Dish and here is my favorite. Easy but simply Delicious.
Melt-in mouth grilled Paneer cubes in a rich onion-tomato-cashew gravy.
Tofu can also be substituted in place of Paneer/Cottage Cheese
This is a variation of the white warm and gooey cheese sauce, the mexican Queso dip that comes with Nachos. It is very simple to make at home. Just grab a packet of Nachos or tortillas and savour it with your homemade dip.
This chutney or dip is an essential accompaniment to idli or dosa. It can also be had with cheela (chickpea crepes or savoury rice crepes). Coconut peanut chutney is very healthy, the coconut supports gut health, peanuts are rich in proteins, essential fats and fat soluble vitamins. So just a teaspoonful is actually beneficial along with being tasty as well.
Mop up with Medu wada, Idli and Dosa. I devour it with fritters and kebabs as well.
Garlic breadsticks is an all time favorite at our place and here’s how anyone can make it at home with ease and that too from scratch.
This recipe yields 2 portions.
Attention: Calorie conscious people, make it at your own risk 😉
The more butter you add in the end while serving, the more delicious it’s going to be.
Control the amount of yeast though because sometimes it smells a lot yeasty and that’s not what we want. These Garlic breadsticks go beautifully with soups as well, or pair it with a super creamy pink pasta, else have it on it’s own and you will love life…mmm…i love it to the core.