Homemade Paneer on a wooden board

What is paneer and where can you buy it?

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Discover what paneer is, where to shop for it, and how to use it in our ingredient glossary

What is paneer?

Paneer is a mild Indian cheese. It keeps its shape when cooking and holds spices really well, so is great for veggie recipes. It’s widely sold in blocks, but it’s also really easy to make your own. All you need is milk, lemon juice and a bit of time. Check out our step-by-step guide to the perfect homemade paneer here.


Where to buy paneer

Tesco Paneer Cheese, £1.30/200g, Tesco

Everest Paneer Cheese, £1.50/226g, Amazon

Paneer recipes

Coconut dahl crispy paneer

A surprisingly low-calorie dinner, with cubes of golden paneer on top of gently spiced dahl. Best eaten with lots of chapatis.

Two bowls with yellow lentils in topped with cubes of crispy fried cheese

Light paneer curry

Cook this veg-heavy curry for a healthy vegetarian meal. The peas add extra protein while ginger and plum tomatoes make a light, fragrant sauce.

Healthy Paneer Curry Recipe with Peas

Paneer tikka with pea and mint relish

Paneer is perfect for grilling as it gets super crisp on the outside but retains its soft centre. Serve on skewers with green peppers alongside a refreshing relish for an easy vegetarian BBQ treat.

Paneer Tikka Recipe with Pea and Mint Relish