Bandel cheese

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Bandel Cheese
Bandel Cheese 1.jpg
Country of origin India
Region East India, West Bengal
Town Bandel, Hooghly, Chinsurah, Chandannagar, Tarakeswar
Source of milk Cows
Pasteurized No
Texture Crumbly Semi-Soft
Dimensions Circular,Diameter=1 in,Height=1/4 in
Weight Variable

Bandel Cheese is an Asian cheese originated in an erstwhile Portuguese colony, Bandel located in eastern India.

Bandel Cheese (Smoked)

Today, the production is concentrated in the towns of Tarakeswar and Bishnupur, Bankura, near Kolkata, West Bengal, India.[1][2]

It is made by separating the curds from whey with lemon juice. It is then molded and drained in small baskets and smoked. Bandel is known for its dry, crumbly and smoky flavor. Also, it is highly aromatic and fresh as it is sold in circular flats straight away after production.

It is an indigenous unripened, salted soft variety of cheese made in perforated pots. It is similar to Surti paneer but made from cow's milk.[3] Available in two varieties, plain (white) and smoked (Brown).[4]

Bandel cheese is well salted and can be stored.[5]

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  1. ^ "Say cheese". The Times Of India. 30 July 2006. 
  2. ^ "Indian entrepreneurs are churning out all varieties of gourmet cheeses". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 6 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LOCAL CHEESE — KALIMPONG TO BANDEL". The Telegraph, Calcatta. Calcutta, India. May 3, 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Food". The Telegraph, Kolkata (Graphti). Calcutta, India. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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