Cottage Cheese Recipes Indian Style

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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 (not runny as in the rest of the world) and then cut into cubes or slices. 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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    Nothing beats the taste of fresh, homemade paneer!

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    This mildly flavored dish is super healthy too. If Paneer is not on hand or you want a dairy-free option you can also use tofu or veggies like cauliflower or potato.

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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 it in your home and you've got a sure crowd pleaser!

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    This delicious Mughlai dish gets its name Navratan (meaning nine gems) from the nine different veggies, fruit, and nuts used in it! Serve it with hot Naans and you're sure to impress!

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    The vegetarian version of the popular Butter Chicken! The mild flavors of the sauce go really well with Paneer.

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

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

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    Use fresh crumbly Paneer for this to get a lovely creamy taste!

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    A yummy and nutritious snack, this sandwich can be made up in minutes. It is great for breakfast, brunch and even school lunch boxes.

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    This delicious dish is an Indian adaptation of a Chinese recipe! It makes for a terrific snack! Here's the recipe...

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    A tasty version of Anda Bhurjee (stir-fried eggs), Paneer Bhurjee is also a great breakfast dish. It also makes a quick and easy dinner dish when teamed with hot Chapatis or Parathas.

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    Soti Boti literally means 'pieces on a stick'! This delicious Punjabi (north Indian) snack is very popular and terrific to serve as an appetizer at your next dinner party.

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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.

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

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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.