I made paneer today, a fresh Indian cheese. A first for me, as whilst I love fromage, I tend to buy it. I boiled whole milk, ad it bubbled I added live yogurt. The mix rapidly separated into curds and whey. This was poured into a muslin bag, washed and left to hang. After pressing it for half an hour, a spicy minty marinade (green chillies, mint, garam masala, cardomom, fennel, ajwain, fennel and yogurt) and the mix marinated for a few hours.
The lumps (was meant to be possible to cut it neatly cubes…) were cooked in a tray in a hot oven for about 10 minutes.
So we were really divided on this one. I loved the fresh cheese plain, but in marinades and cooked not all that pleasant. Mr M thought it was a 6, so probably not one to repeat.
I also made a turnip curry, as we had some lurking in the fridge. It was spicy and aromatic, ginger, chilli powder, cumin, tumeric, asoefetida, garam masala, coriander and a little water to make a gravy. An interesting way to transform a humble veg. I’m going to look for a different paneer recipe as I feel reluctant to give up on it!
Mr M will cook tomorrow 🙂