What is Paneer?
Paneer or cottage cheese is one of the most popular dairy product in Indian and South Asian cuisine. Made from pasteurized cow or buffalo milk, it is a non-melting farmer cheese or made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids.The white color and delicious taste makes it appealing and tasty.
Paneer is said to have been mentioned in the Vedas, dating as far back as 6000 BC of India Subcontinent. There is also the story which states that about 10000 years ago an Arabian traveler accidentally discovered panner during a desert travel when he saw sheep milk turn in the curdled cheese.
Health benefits of paneer
Paneer when consumed in limited quantities has a host of health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits of paneer:
- Good source of protein
- Keeps hunger pangs at bay and improves metabolism
- Builds stronger teeth and bones
- Helps burn more fat
- Provides Instant Energy
- Relieves Pain: lower back, neck and joint pains
- Fights with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Prevents from Cancer
- Rich Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid
- Provides Better Nourishment to Kids
- Improves Calcium Absorption
- Rich Source of B-Group Vitamins
- Reduces Stress during Menopause
- Prevents from Prostate Cancer
- Keeps Hair and Skin Healthy
Benefits of Paneer Water
- Regularizes Urinary System Functioning:acts as the cleansing agent and increases the water absorption from the body and maintains the functioning of urinary systems
- Contains Healthy Nutrients: Good source of digestible proteins, potassium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, calcium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, selenium and etc.
It can be used for dal, roti, khichdi, soups, vegetable curries and etc.
Disadvantages of Paneer
The side effects of paneer are mainly caused due to excessive consumption. Some of the ill effects are as follows:
- When eaten in excessive quantities, Paneer causes excess weight gain
- Excessive eating can also cause food poisoning and digestive problems