Recipe: Paneer Cubes

Here’s a quick simple vegetarian protein recipe.  Paneer is very common in Indian cuisine.  In most Indian restaurant and in supermarkets in the processed food sections you can see Mattar Paneer (Peas Panner) or Palak Paneer (Spinach Paneer).  Panner is a non-melting cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice.  It is a soft cheese and on its own does not have any flavor but you can make incredible tasting dishes out of it.

When I had gestational diabetes, I ate this recipe quite often as I had to eat almost 15-16 servings of protein a day and there was only so much meat, cheese and eggs I could eat.  This is a good source of protein for vegetarian and it is so easy to make.  1 serving size of Paneer (about 5 cubes) is 6-7gms of protein which is similar to the protein content of eggs (6 gms per medium sized egg) and cheese (1 sliced cheese 6-7 gms of protein). Kids really like it too as you can let them dip the paneer cubes into any sauce they want.

The recipe:

Homemade or Paneer from supermarkets and Indian grocery stores

1 tbsp Oilve oil

Black Pepper

Salt

Lime juice (optional)

Chat masala (optional)

Instructions:

1)      Heat a pan on medium heat and add the oil.

2)      Cut the paneer into big cubes (as shown in the picture) and toss them into the pan.

3)      Sautee them till they are brown on one side and then flip them over and brown them on the other side.

4)      Add salt and black pepper to taste.

5)      If you want something tangy squeeze some lime juice and sprinkle chat masala to taste.

This is a popular dinner recipe in our home.  Simone loves this Paneer recipe.   She often eats 2-3 big chunks (as shown in the pics) above at one time. You can make delicious sandwiches out of them.

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