10 Best Paneer Recipes For Babies

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Paneer or cottage cheese is made of curdled milk and is a rich source of protein. If you plan to add this nutrient-dense food into your little one’s diet, our list includes some paneer recipes for babies. This milk product is available in most grocery stores, and you may also prepare it on your own with plain milk. If your child isn’t lactose intolerant, paneer is a good source of many vitamins and minerals that help in the proper growth and development. In addition, it has a neutral taste that blends well with most dishes. Keep scrolling for a few delicious paneer recipes that we think your baby would enjoy.

10 Yummilicious Paneer Recipes For Babies

1. Cottage Cheese, Strawberry And Peach Wonder:

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You Will Need:

  • ½ cup of cottage cheese
  • 4 strawberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ peach

How To:

  1. Peel and deseed the peach and cut into pieces.
  1. Remove the stem and hull from the strawberries and cut into quarters.
  1. Place the peaches and strawberries into microwave safe bowl. Add water, cover with plastic and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  1. Check if the fruit is soft or not. If the fruit is still hard, then heat for another 30 seconds.
  1. Place the cottage cheese in a shallow bowl and pour the cooked peaches and strawberries on top.

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2. Mashed Cauliflower And Paneer:

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You Will Need:

  • 500 grams cauliflower
  • 200 grams of full fat cottage cheese

How To:

  1. Remove the cauliflower from the stems and place in a steamer. Steam for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft.
  1. Let the cauliflower stand for 5 minutes.
  1. Place the cauliflower and cottage cheese in a shallow dish and mash until you get a desired consistency.
  1. You can also season with salt and pepper.

3. Peach, Pear And Paneer Puree:

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You Will Need:

  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 serving of peach puree or mashed peaches
  • 1 serving of pear puree or peeled and mashed pear

How To:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in small bowl and stir well.
  1. If you want a smoother texture, then place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until you get a desired consistency.

4. Vegetable And Paneer Puree:

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You Will Need:

  • ¼ cup of fresh peas
  • 1 small sized red potato, cooked and cut into pieces
  • 6 ounces of paneer
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ cup of diced carrot
  • 4 asparagus spears
  • A dash of pepper

How To:

  1. Steam the peas, carrot and asparagus for 15 minutes.
  1. Add all the ingredients, including the vegetable in a blender and puree to a desired consistency. You can also add breast milk or water to thin the puree.

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5. Paneer Rice:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup fresh peas, steamed
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup cooked rice
  • A dash of black pepper
  • A dash of onion powder

How To:

  1. Steam the peas and leave it aside for 15 minutes.
  1. Add the peas, onion powder, rice, and black pepper and blend to get a puree like consistency.
  1. Then either mix the paneer in the puree, by hand or fork.

6. Palak Paneer

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of paneer, cooked
  • 16 ounces of paneer, cut into cubes
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • ½ teaspoon of red chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt to taste

How To:

  1. Blend, the spinach on high, to make a puree.
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan and add red chili and garlic. Sauté for 30 minutes and serve.
  1. Add diced onions and sauté for another minute.
  1. Now add paneer cubes and water and cook for 5 minutes.
  1. When just a teaspoon of water in the pan, add pureed spinach, lemon juice, and salt.
  1. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.

7. Fruity Paneer

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You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of ripe banana, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of ripe papaya

How To:

  1. Mix or mash all the ingredients.
  1. Serve the tasty paneer for babies.

8. Apple And Cottage Cheese

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You Will Need:

  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • ½ teaspoon of ground flax
  • 1 tablespoon of cottage cheese
  • A pinch of cinnamon

How To:

  1. Place the diced apples in a saucepan and add a bit of water to it.
  1. Cook for a few minutes until the apple is under, but not completely broken
  1. Top the crumbled paneer with warm apple and sprinkle some cinnamon.
  1. Sprinkle some ground flax seed and serve.

9. Blueberry Delight

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You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of chopped blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon of paneer
  • A drop of vanilla
  • A pinch of cinnamon

How To:

  1. Stir together every ingredient and serve.
  1. You can also blend the mixture if it is too lumpy for your baby.

10. Spinach And Paneer Rice

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You Will Need:

  • ¼ cup chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup rice washed and rinsed
  • ¼ cup chopped paneer
  • ½ teaspoon of ghee
  • Salt to taste

How To:

  1. In a pan, add clarified butter or ghee and cooked rice. Cook for 1 minute.
  1. Then add paneer, salt, a bit of water and cook for a few minutes.
  1. Serve when the rice is at room temperature.

A Word Of Caution

If your baby is prone to allergies like asthma, eczema or rashes, then avoid giving him paneer or any other dairy products until he turns a year old.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can babies eat paneer?

You may give your baby paneer (Indian cottage cheese) around six months when they begin to eat solid foods. However, you may avoid giving paneer if your baby has cow milk allergies. It is better to give homemade paneer prepared from pasteurized milk .

2. How much paneer should a baby have a day?

You may give your baby two to three small paneer cubes in the initial days and increase the amount if they are not allergic to it. You may shallow fry or soak paneer in warm water and give it as bite-size cubes or crumbles. Paneer can be a chalking hazard if not given in the age-appropriate form

3. Is paneer good for weight gain?

Paneer may not drastically increase the body weight in babies. A moderate amount of paneer can provide proteins and essential nutrients to the baby. You may also choose paneer made from low-fat milk rather than the one with high-fat content. Try also paneer with low salt levels.

4. Is it necessary to fry paneer before cooking?

It is not necessary to fry paneer before cooking. It is often fried before adding to the recipe to have a good texture. You may also keep the paneer in normal water for ten minutes before cooking. This may help avoid paneer becoming hard and rubbery due to moisture loss.

Paneer is a rich source of several vitamins and minerals essential for the growth and development of a baby. When introducing paneer to babies, ensure that they are tolerant to milk and milk products. You may consult a pediatrician on the right age to introduce milk products to a baby. Try the above paneer recipes for babies if they have not shown any intolerance towards it. Feed them blended paneer initially and gradually introduce them to solid cheese as they gain control over the chewing practices. You may also add several vegetables alongside paneer to increase its nutritional profile.

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