Paneer, also known as cottage cheese is rich in protein and a delightful substitute for vegetarians. It is also a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). The term ‘conjugated’ means an arrangement of the double bonds in the fatty acid molecule. Basically CLA has a natural type of trans fat that occurs in many healthy foods.
Paneer is also a rich source of potassium and Calcium. Potassium benefits in curbing memory loss and calcium help in building stronger teeth and bones.
Do you know that paneer can be easily prepared at home?
Heat the milk and curdle it by adding lime juice or vinegar, and in some cases, other food acids, even homemade curd. The moist form of Paneer that is crumbly is known as “chhena”.
Kids love paneer for its texture and versatility. We bring to you 2 easy paneer recipes for kids. It can be served for a snack or packed in the tiffin.
Yummilicious Paneer Recipes For Kids. You Got to Try Them Now:
1. Paneer Lollipop
Recipe Credit: Sanjeev Kapoor
- 1 Cup grated cottage cheese
- ¼ Cup shredded cabbage (you can avoid this)
- ⅓ Cup finely chopped carrots
- 2 Medium potatoes boiled and mashed
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- Crushed black peppercorns to taste
- 1 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- 1 Tbsp red chili paste (optional; for adults)
- 1 Tbsp cornflour
- 10-12 Breadsticks
- For Slurry: ½ Cup refined flour; Salt to taste; Crushed black peppercorns to taste; ½ Cup Cornflour
- Mix together cottage cheese, cabbage, and carrots in a bowl. Add potatoes and mix well
- Add salt, crushed black peppercorns, and ginger-garlic paste. Mix well
- Add cornflour and mix. Place on breadsticks and shape to lollipops
- Set aside
- Mix together refined flour, salt, crushed black peppercorns, cornflour with some water to form a slurry
- Dip the prepared lollipops in it
- Heat sufficient oil in a kadai for deep-frying. Deep-fry till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper
- A healthier version of this is – to bake and not fry it!
2. Paneer Cutlet
- One potato boiled and mashed
- 1/2 Onion finely chopped
- Coriander leaves
- 1/2 Tsp chat masala
- 1/2 Tsp oil
- 1 Cup toasted bread crumbs
- 1 Small piece of ginger, finely chopped
- 300 Gram Paneer
- 1/2 Capsicum, finely chopped
- 1/2 Carrot, finely grated
- 1/2 Tsp garam masala
- 2 Green chilies, finely chopped (optional)
- 4 Tbsp besan (gram flour)
- 1/4 Tsp aamchoor (raw mango powder)
- Salt to taste
- Dry the paneer by covering it In a cloth for a few minutes
- Sauté the veggies in oil, add ginger, onion, carrots, cabbage, capsicum and green chillies
- In a bowl add dry paneer, mashed potato, amchoor (dry mango powder), garam masala chaat masala, cornflour, salt to taste, coriander leaves and the sauté veggies
- Apply a little bit of cornflour on your palm and shape the cutlets
- In a bowl add besan (gram flour), to which add some water and salt
- Dip the cutlets into the batter and then into the breadcrumbs and fry them into the oil
- Paneer Cutlets are ready to be served!
Hope you like these recipes. Let us know if you have easy-to-make recipes to make with paneer. Share in comments.