Posted by Hema on Jul - 20 - 2012 under Cheese, Featured Recipes
Ingredients
IngredientQuantity
Whole MilkHalf a gallon or 8 cups
Lemon juice1/4 cup
Strainer
Cheese cloth / Muslin cloth
Cuisine: Cooking time: 15 mins Serving: people

Paneer is the Indian cheese which is very commonly used in a lot of dishes. It has a soft texture that absorbs a lot of flavor, with a unique quality that doesn’t let it melt when cooked. It’s also know as Indian cottage chesse. I used to buy this from the frozen food section of my grocery store, and decided to try to make it myself at home as the recipe did not seem very complicated.  Since then  I have never gone back to the store.  Making Paneer is quick, easy and difficult to mess it up.. all you need is half a gallon of whole milk.

You also need a strainer and cheese cloth or any cloth that is thin enough to drain all the water and hold the cheese. I have used layers of 2-3 tissue papers to drain. If you are using cheese cloth please fold it over a few time as the holes in the cheese cloth are too big and might not hold the cheese.

Method:

  1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom saucepan, make sure you stir it so milk doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. Once the milk starts to boil add the lemon juice and stir until the milk fat seprates, this usually happens instantly
  3. Turn the gas of immediately and strain the whey (liquid separate) in a cheese cloth lined strainer. This has to be done immediately or the paneer will get hard and will not form shape. Be very careful as the liquid will be very hot.
  4. The water that you strain out is called the Whey and can be used for cooking .
  5. Wash the paneer in the cheese cloth under cold water to cool it of.
  6. You can also hang it for a few minutes to drip and cool down.
  7. Gently squeeze and knead the panner and form into a square , wrap it with aluminium foil and place it under something heavy for 1 hour.
  8. Store it in the fridge if using for later.
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Sangeetha Narayanan says:

    Hey Hema,

    This recipe looks quite easy, have never tried making paneer at home. With this quick guide of yours, I will definitely give it a try !!!

    Sangeetha

    • Hema says:

      Yes Manni, It is very easy to make, just make sure you have the strainer ready as it should not cook too much after separating from the whey. Comes out nice and soft. Let me know after you try it.

      - Hema

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