Paneer is a traditional, full-fat, soft cheese used in cooking. Paneer is a quick-ripening cheese which is coagulated by the action of acid in milk and not by using rennet. This vegetarian cheese is pressed until the texture is firm, similar to tofu. A great source of protein, paneer makes an excellent meat substitute. The cheese maintains its body in cooking and takes on the flavors it is cooked with. Paneer can be used in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes.