Paneer is a fresh cheese that hails all the way from South Asia, in particular India and Pakistan. It is an unaged cheese that uses natural acids to curdle milk and form cheese curds. It also does not contain rennet. Paneer is a versatile cheese in that you can season it while making it, adding additional layers of flavor. Paneer is frequently used in dishes such as saag paneer or paneer tikka masala. It is also fried as an appetizer.
When I first looked into making my own cheese I was quickly overwhelmed by what was involved in making cheese. That is, until I discovered paneer. Paneer is easy to make right at home and does not require any aging or difficult processes to make. In total, you can have paneer ready to eat in about 45 minutes.