The first paneer venture - storage and cooking tipsWith the essential requirement to increase my protein intake, I bought a slab of paneer from the local farmers' market over the weekend. This is the first time in my life I have bought and cooked it! I had only once or twice, when dining out, eaten paneer and never quite liked it. Due to the Dr.'s advice, now have decided to make an effort to acquire a taste for it.
So embarking on my first venture (adventure?) into cooking paneer was, as advised by my sister, lightly frying paneer cubes on a flat pan until they became brown, then dunking them in a tomato gravy and mixing in a bit of salt and garnishing it with coriander leaves. That was yesterday.
Today, the next venture was to heat a little oil, toss in curry leaves, cumin seeds, sesame seeds and a pinch of turmeric powder, then the paneer cubes and sprinkle some sambhar powder over it with salt to taste.
Well, I am feeling quite pleased with myself! I changed my dislike for paneer into acquiring a taste for it and making something which actually turned out to be quite tasty.
Now I would like some helpful tips from members. First of all, only after I brought the paneer home did I realize that I was clueless about the first basic thing - how to store it?! Please see the attached image. Is it Ok to store the slab of paneer as it is, in its plastic wrap? As per my relative's advice, it is fine to do so and it can be put kept in the wrap in a bowl or on a plate and put in the refrigerator with no necessity to put it in the freezer or chiller tray. So how do other ISCians who eat paneer store it? Do let me know. I will put further queries here or in our Ask Expert section as when I get doubts.