Paneer, the fresh Indian cheese, which can be bought fresh or frozen or easily made at home, is great in many non-Indian guises, according to hounds.

Great ideas for using paneer:

• Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with za’atar and serve with pita as an Arab-style mezze.

• Marinate cubes in vinaigrette and add to salad, add to vegetable soup at serving time, or mash and use in a sandwich.

• Cut into thin slices, pan fry, and use in a sandwich.

• Thread cubes on skewers with vegetables, marinate, and grill.

• Use in place of Mexican queso blanco.

If you make your own paneer, “you can add all kinds of seasonings to the curds as you lift them from the whey, says fromagina, “just gently fork them into the hot curd before twisting the cloth and pressing.” She adds dried onion and garlic and hot pepper flakes, and uses the cheese for Mexican dishes; or small pieces of dried fruit, cinnamon, and brown sugar, and crumbles the cheese to serve atop waffles.

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