YOLO has a new cheese with interesting origins. It was originally made in India and Iran and now Food International is importing a Hungarian-made Paneer (using the traditional recipe with fresh milk) and selling it throughout New Zealand.

Paneer is an unaged, unmelting soft cheese made from curdled milk with some sort of fruit or vegetable acid like lemon juice. It is similar to cream cheese and very popular with vegetarians as another option to tofu to bump up the protein content of dishes.

With a biological value of protein between 80-86%, it contains all the nine essential amino acids. It can be used as a snack and can also be eaten raw. Paneer is bland in taste, so can be flavoured to an individual’s taste and paired with almost anything, making its consumption easy and hassle-free.

It’s also light on the stomach and easy to digest. Dishes that famously use Paneer include Tandoori Chicken, other Indian fish, shrimp, seafood and rice-based dishes and chef’s specials such as Shai Korma Chicken or Lamb Bhuna.

Paneer also fries up beautifully like Halloumi and can be used this way for breakfast dishes or salads.

When you see YOLO’s Paneer with the distinctive yellow-coloured wrapping do buy some as a versatile addition to your pantry.

Experiment.  And remember YOLO – You Only Live Once.

By Robyn Yousef.