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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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panir and peynir, the Farsi (Persian) and Turkish words for ‘cheese’, which also occur in other related languages such as Urdu, sometimes appear as part of the names of cheeses made in the Near East and the Indian subcontinent. Examples are Turkish cheeses such as Beynaz and Kasar, which are often called Beynaz peynir and Kasar peynir; panir kusei, the ‘pot’ cheese of Iran; and panir, a popular Indian ‘pickled’ cheese.