Paneer and the Origin of Cheese in India

Historians debate the origins of paneer. Did the Portuguese bring paneer to India? Chef Aditya Raghavan delves into ancient texts to uncover a possible explanation of how paneer emerged as a product of mixing milk with yogurt. In this workshop, fresh chhurpi — a Himalayan soft and creamy cheese born out of the heat treatment of buttermilk and dahi — takes the spotlight. You will witness a demonstration and have the opportunity to taste some of the finest paneer you can find. All made fresh with just two ingredients: milk and yogurt, just as warriors were nourished with paneer some 2000 years ago. To conclude, the facilitator will discuss the modern-day applications of whey, a byproduct of cheese making, and prepare a whey soda for your enjoyment.

Curated by Thomas Zacharias and the Locavore Team

Facilitated by Chef Aditya Raghavan

Date: 15 December 2023

Time: 4 PM - 5 PM

Venue: The Food Lab, Old GMC Complex

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