Our Pick Of Local, Unprocessed, Farm-Fresh Cheeses that You Have To Try

A band of cheeseries, in and around Bangalore, are out to convince us that the art of cheesemaking is no longer confined to the Italians and the French. And they are doing a fine job too. Soft and hard, creamy and aged, stringy and herb-infused – farms and dairies close to home are delivering them all. LBB ‘wheys’ in on local cheeses that are worth a try.

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Millie’s Vegan Cheese

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Mango Hill

La Ferme

Since the late 80s, the experimental township of Auroville has been busy churning out handmade cheeses on a daily basis while pursuing lofty ideals like peace and harmony. Milk is sourced from Auroville’s very own dairy and from farmers around before being pasteurised and made into cheese in a sustainable environment. At the end of it, a lineup of fresh and seasoned cheeses emerge. These include mozzarella, feta, ricotta, gruyere, cheddar and a handful of others.

Where: All leading supermarkets

Vallombrosa

Father KL Michael, a priest from the Vallombrosan Benedictine Congregation, has come to be known as the monk who makes cheese. After learning the craft during his 8-year stay in Italy, Father Michael to set up a cheese factory at the monastery with the help of fellow monks. Today, using batches of fresh buffalo milk, the monastery produces in mozzarella, burrata, bocconcini, ricotta, and caciotta.

Where: Source Vallombrosa cheese from here.

Food Stores

Vallombrosa Cheese

Gualbert Bhavan, Thambu Chetty Palya, Sacred Heart Road, KR Puram, Bengaluru

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Curemonte Cheese

The latest entry on the cheese-making scene, Curemonte is bringing in a range of vegetarian, farmstead products. Their goat and dairy farm in Hunsur {near Mysore} pushes out everything from feta and gouda to Blue Stilton, Emmental, Monterey Jack, and Brie.

Where: Namdhari Fresh Supermarkets

Kodai Cheese

Kodai Dairy makes a whole range of spice and herbed cheese. There’s basil, chilly, pepper, garlic and a few others that you can pile onto your shopping cart. Over the years, Kodai Cheese’s fame has grown rapidly and they have an enviable list of clients, including, the Taj Group of Hotels, ITC, and Domino’s.

Where: All leading supermarkets

Food Stores

Kodai Cheese

The Cheese Shop, Bena Pani, Venus Cottage, Observatory Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Impero

In 2008, Giuseppe Mozzillo brought his family’s age-old cheese-making skill to India and started off Impero with two of his willing friends. Soon after, Michelle Paventa, a master cheese maker, joined the team and since then they have been crafting desi-made international cheeses. Fresh-made buffalo mozzarella, gouda, emmental, and cheddar are all part of their repertoire.

Where: Available at all Godrej Nature’s Baskets. Find a Nature’s Basket around you here.

Millie’s Vegan Cheese

From her home in Benson Town, Millie Mitra makes vegan cheese from cashew and tofu. The creamy spreads, packed in jars, come in plain or salted cashew versions while the cashew and tofu combo comes in herbed and garlic avatars. This has to be the best way to enjoy the delicious creaminess of cheese without worrying about clogged arteries, we think.