Paneer is creamy, soft, and perfect for curries, fry ups, or even to top a salad with. It’s easy to make and stores in fridge perfectly. You take that – add red pepper – and boom – you gotta yourself some fancy red pepper paneer! Still creamy, soft, but now with a hint of spiciness to it. Perfect to jazz up that dish you’re making.
Red Pepper Paneer is light in flavor and incredibly versatile. I’ll never say it enough, Punjab is a farming community personified. We’re the grain belt, but given that India has nearly 75 million dairy farms, it’s no shocker that we’re a dairy state, as well. We drink milk by the liter and eat butter and cheese by the pound. So it was no shock that when panir came to Punjab with the Mughal empire, that it quickly was adapted and became modern day paneer – a staple in Punjabi cuisine.
Personally, I love flavored paneer. Paneer on it’s own is mild and doesn’t have too heavy of a flavor, so it’s perfect to flavor with whatever tickles your fancy. I flavor mine with anything from red pepper, basil, fenugreek, down to lemongrass and lime leaves. Literally, whatever you want to throw into it. There is no wrong answer. It’s a really versatile cheese and will pick up any flavor you put on it.
The one thing to keep in mind with red pepper paneer, or any paneer for that matter, is that it won’t last long in the fridge. So use it within a few days or plan on freezing it. Personally, I can’t stand previously frozen paneer but that’s a me issue. I always find that it’s easy enough to make, so why not just whip up a batch for when I’m craving it.
Fun fact #823: India is the world’s largest producer of milk.
Love paneer and need a couple ideas? Try these:
4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories490
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 12.1g 60%
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 80mg 27%
- Sodium 462mg 20%
- Potassium 570mg 17%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
- Sugars 44.2g
- Protein 32.1g 64%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.