November 20, 2010

The Paneer Survey- Results

The results are in and the response was incredible. If you have no idea what I’m talking about the listen up! Last month I compiled a set of questions around the popular Indian cheese, paneer; I asked you how often you ate paneer, made it at home and your favourite dishes. I was interested in finding out your eating habits, how often you like to indulge, and of course, what paneer dishes you can’t resist!

1. Almost one third of respondents (29%) eat paneer once a week, with a cool one in ten of you (10%) making it from scratch every time. The second most popular answer was ‘once a month’ (27%) and 5% of you eat paneer more than once a week (which makes you my kind of people!). A small percentage of you (2%) never eat paneer and more than a third (37%) of respondents admitted that they never make fresh paneer at home. I believe that everything delicious is good in moderation- especially when it’s made from scratch, as long as you don’t get carried away and have a seven day paneer binge (that’s not to say I don’t dream about it).

2. More than three quarters of the people surveyed (81%) were vegetarian (probably because this is a vegetarian blog) but it’s nice to see that KO Rasoi has a following of not just veggies, but meat eaters too. Those who do eat meat were asked if they prefer paneer as a source of protein better than their favourite meat. Interestingly, just over two thirds (65%) of people do! Paneer is a great source of protein (although cheese proteins may not be as complete as animal proteins) it’s great to know the omnivores who visit KO Rasoi enjoy the paneer recipes as much as the vegetarians.

3. Some things that come to mind when you think about paneer are: ‘delicious’, ‘filling’, ‘chilli paneer’, ‘versatile and easy to cook’, and my personal favourites, ‘calories’ and ‘fat’. A huge thanks going out the guilt-trippers among us!

4. Eating out is a great time to treat yourself to a paneer dish. I asked you whether or not your local Indian restaurant has paneer as a choice on their menu. A large proportion (85%) replied ‘yes’, with 50% of those respondents saying that they order paneer every time. I think that 50% of people may have been reading this blog for too long- my bad habits must be rubbing off on you!

5. Below is a graph showing the Top 12 Best Paneer Dishes chosen by you!

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I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to take part in the Big Paneer Survey. I hope this has been a light-hearted and informative read on an ingredient we all love. I’ll leave you with a list of KO Rasoi’s favourite paneer dishes from the past (pictured in the collage above). Enjoy!
Melt in the Mouth Paneer Kofta
Palak Paneer
Paneer, Peas and Sweetcorn Spring Rolls
Little Mung Bean and Paneer Samosas
Homemade Paneer
Paneer Butter Masala (your second favourite paneer dish!)
Coriander and Lime Paneer Kebabs and Summer Quinoa Salad
Tri-Ranga Paneer Burfi

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6 responses to “The Paneer Survey- Results”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hay Sanjana,

    Great article,very informative at the same time fun to read. Enjoyed reading it immensley.

    You have a wonderful blog.

    Keep up the good work, wishing you lots of luck in everything you do.

    Could I put in a request for some Christmas party food ideas with kinda Indo-Western touch to it, please?
    Thanks again.

  2. Turmericnspice says:

    missed the event:(

    fab idea…
    i am not surprised that paneer makhni was number 1.

    yeh for paneer!!

  3. Shivani says:

    thats good work Sanjana. I love Paneer Makhani and that is in 1st number. :).
    Keep it up with blogging i am following you. 🙂

  4. AshKuku says:

    WOW! That was sure a survey, letting u know what's on your mind….. A great success! Kudos!!! & Yes! Everything in moderation is always good… 🙂


  5. Mr. P says:

    But isn't paneer also full of protein? I like to think of it as quite healthy. Seriously. Am I deluded?

    Oh no.

  6. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    Love your survey results and also all those mouth watering recipes of paneer. I never participated in the survey, but we eat paneer, like once in 10-14 days and I never make paneer at home, unless I am making some sweets which require you to do that.

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