Being a vegetarian, I am a true fan of paneer. Whenever there is a special event in my house, I try experimenting with paneer. Do you know it is also considered very good for health? Iron, calcium and magnesium are found in large quantities, giving necessary nutrition, increasing good cholesterol and keeping the heart-healthy. Although paneer is a treasure trove of beneficial properties, it can cause a lot of harm to your body if adulterated. Despite authorities conducting lakhs of raids, few adulterers seem to be undeterred. In such a situation, this article will give you some tips using which you can save your family from adulterated paneer.

Mash with hands

Whenever you go to the market, check paneer by mashing it with your hands before buying it. The adulterated paneer is made of skimmed milk powder, which cannot bear the pressure of hands. Hence when crushed, it starts falling apart. If the paneer you plan to buy also crumbles, understand that it is adulterated. Consuming paneer made from skimmed milk powder can harm your digestive system and lead to an upset stomach.

Use iodine tincture

If you also want to identify whether your paneer is natural or artificial, you can use an iodine tincture. First, put the paneer brought from the market in a pan and add water to it. Now, boil it for five minutes and let it cool. After cooling, add a few drops of iodine tincture to this paneer and see if the colour of your paneer has turned blue. If blue, it means that your paneer is artificial.

Add arhar dal powder or soybean

To check the paneer's purity, put it in water to boil. After it cools down a bit, add soybean or tur dal powder and leave it for 10 minutes. If the colour of this paneer starts to turn light red, understand that this paneer has been made from detergent or urea. These things are hazardous to our bodies and should be avoided.

It should be soft, not chewy

Whenever you bring paneer from the market, take special care that it should not taste like rubber. The hallmark of unnatural paneer is that it's difficult to chew. On the other hand, authentic paneer is not hard at all. If you feel that the paneer is soft, it is naturally pure.

By following some easy tips mentioned in the article, you can quickly identify the difference between authentic and adulterated paneer.