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Mentioned in the Vedas, dating as far back as 6000 BC of India Subcontinent, Paneer is a fresh cheese frequently used in South Asian Cuisine similar to queso blanco. Chhena or Chhana is an East Indian variant of Paneer that is eaten in Bangla, Orissa region of India and also in the neighboring country of Bangladesh.  Moist and soft crumbly in texture, it is used to make delicacies such as Sandesh, Mutter paneer and Rasgulla. It is a rich source of milk protein.

The procedure of making Chhena is similar to paneer but it is not pressed for a long time. In Orissa, the process of making the cheese is same that of ricotta. The milk is boiled, curdled with a small amount of whey and then strained and beaten in cheesecloth. The cheese is kneaded well till it becomes smooth and can be used in any dessert.

Other cheeses from India: Bandal

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Sep 09
Palak Paneer - Cottage Cheese in a Spinach Gravy, Enjoy Tonight @LazeezHakeem
Sep 08
I made cheese. Paneer to be precise. Curry to follow...(recipe from Made in India - fab cook book)
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Sep 02
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Sep 02
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Aug 31
Glad there are so many ways to eat paneer or we’d get sick of it… JK we could eat cheese forever (Shahi Paneer Korma)
Aug 30
I don't know why all the lads went for the Paneer starter... the cheese doesn't have much flavour of it's own~
Aug 30
Palak Paneer, a delicious side dish with spinach and cottage cheese. DINE IN @
Aug 29
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Aug 26
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Aug 20
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Aug 19
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