This past weekend, I wasn’t in a cooking or baking mood. I was in a cleaning mood. I finally tackled a pile of boxes, papers and random items that had been stored in my room “to be dealt with later”. Well, Saturday and Sunday ended up being “later”, and I’m happy to be rid of most of it! Next up, my closet. Scary…
The two days away from cooking made me eager to get back in the kitchen and make something new. In keeping with the Indian food kick I’ve been on, I made my own paneer. I was amazed how simple it was to make! Though, a couple of brown bits made it into the curds because I scraped the bottom of the pan a bit. Here’s my result:
The texture of the paneer was amazingly firm and chewy, which I like! However, the flavor was a tad bland. The recipe I found toyed with the idea of adding some spice to the milk as its boiling to add flavor. However, I held off this time around. I wanted to make sure I made the basic recipe properly before I went monkeying around with it. I wonder what flavor would be good to add for next time. Cumin? Corriander? Cardamom?
I didn’t want to eat the paneer by itself, so I made a creamed spinach dish and threw in the paneer cubes after a quick saute in canola oil. (I chickened out of making palak paneer or saag paneer because I didn’t have all the proper spices.) Here’s a photo of my creamed spinach with paneer cubes: