low fat paneer
The low fat paneer is a great recipe for weight watchers which can be easily incorporated into vegetables (subjis) and snacks. This paneer is made from skim milk which has all the goodness of milk and only 0.1 grams of fat as compared to 23 grams of fat from full fat paneer. For milk fussy adults it is a superb way of increasing the intake of protein (necessary for maintenance of body cells) and calcium (required for healthy bones).
Sliced Low fat paneer
You may place the paneer in a slicer or slice the paneer in thin or thick slices with a sharp knife, as per the recipe requirement.
Cheddar Low fat paneer
Are the ones which have reduced fat content 1-2%. It can be chopped, sliced, grated, shredded and cut into cubes as per recipe requirements.
Chopped low fat paneer
Place the paneer slab on a chopping board and chop it into small pieces. Can be finely chopped or roughly chopped or chopped into big chunks as per recipe requirement.
Crumbled low fat paneer
Refers to breaking paneer into small piece with hands. Take a small ball of paneer and crumble it into small granules.
Grated low fat paneer
This requires grating the paneer slabs in a hand held grater. This grated paneer is fine in texture and is used for making baked dishes like au gratin or casseroles.
Low fat paneer cubes
Turn the block of paneer on its side and make a series of slices. Lay the paneer slices on top of each other and make a series of lengthwise slices, (½ inch slices for smaller cubes, 1 inch slices for larger cubes. Make a series of ½ inch or 1 inch crosswise cuts through the paneer and it will fall away into cubes.
Low fat paneer strips
Cut the paneer block into thin or thick strips as per recipe requirement.
How to select
Mashed low fat paneer
Mash the paneer with the base of your hands with an action which is similar to kneading of dough.
Low fat paneer should not be too crumbly or dry with the color being relatively uniform. Check the expiry date and look out for any discoloration or moldy spots. Opt for varieties that provide no more than five grams of fat per ounce.Culinary Uses
· Some of the most common recipes made with Paneer are Palak Paneer( Paneer and spinach eaves) shahi Paner ( Paneer cooked with mughlai spices) , Paneer masala and Matar Paneer (Paneer and Peas).
· Paneer may be added to kheer and serves as a healthy dessert.How to store
The paneer should be well wrapped and kept in the warmest section of the refrigerator. (The refrigerator door is often one of the warmest spots). As storage life is related to the moisture content of the paneer, the softer the cheese, the shorter amount of time it will keep fresh. In general, a low fat paneer will keep for a day or two. It develops a sour and stale taste if kept for long The frozen varieties may be stored up to 2 weeks. Health Benefits
· Regardless of the type of milk used to create it, paneer is a concentrated source of the nutrients naturally found in milk, including calcium.
· Low fat paneer also contains a large amount of other essential nutrients such as phosphorous, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and vitamin A
· It is a dense source of high quality protein.