If you haven’t tried Canadian-crafted paneer, you’remissing out. This firm, Indian-style cottage cheese is panko-breaded, seasoned and oven baked as a mouth-watering topping for this hearty vegetarian stew. Serve it up any day of the week or add it to your Thanksgiving table! This is one of 17 delicious recipes found in the 2022 Milk Calendar.

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PREP10 min
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Cooking35 min
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Ready in45 min




  1. Step
    In a large, deep saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Saut. onion for 3 minutes or until starting to soften. Stir in garlic, ginger, curry, salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in sweet potatoes and lentils to coat. Pour in broth and milk; bring to a simmer. Partially cover and gently simmer, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes or until lentils and sweet potatoes are tender and soft.
  2. Step
    Preheat oven to 425°F (225°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Step
    Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss paneer with butter, cilantro and pepper to coat. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and toss well to coat evenly. Spread onto prepared baking sheet in single layer. Bake for about 10 minutes, turning halfway until golden.
  4. Step
    Spoon stew into bowls and top with Crispy Paneer Topping to serve.


This recipe was inspired by the Butternut Squash Dal (Lentils) recipe from the 2013 Milk Calendar, created by Jennifer Mackenzie. You can view the original recipe here.

Nutritional info per serving:

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Calories 520
Fat 24 g
Saturated Fat 15 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 75 mg
Sodium 430 mg
Carbohydrates  53 g
Fibre 9 g
Sugars 12 g
Protein  25 g

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