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Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to make Paneer in home ?

Paneer, Cottage cheese  is widely used in Indian Cooking. Only two ingredients are required for preparing paneer. Whole milk and lemon juice. Lemon juice can be replaced with Vinegar. I always prefer fresh home-made paneer when compared to store bought one. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Paneer in home.


Cook Time: 10 min
Rest Time: 30 mins to 2 hrs
Yields: Approx. 160 gms

 Ingredients:
Whole Milk4 Cups
SaltAs needed
Lemon Juice2 tbsp
How to make Paneer in home ?

Instructions:
  • Boil the milk and remove from stove. Add salt to the milk.
  • Add lemon juice slowly and Continuously stir the milk.The milk curdles and the solid separates from watery whey. If the milk doesn't curdle, add more lemon juice. 
  • Filter the solid using a clean cheese cloth. Grab the ends of the cloth and squeeze out the extra moisture from solid curd. 
  • Press and Shape the paneer(solid) into rectangular or square block. Place a heavy and flat object on top of the paneer. Allow it to rest for 1.5 to 2 hours. Cut into small cubes or desired shape.

Tips:
  • The liquid separated from  Paneer is known as Whey. It can be used while preparing chapati dough.
  • Lemon juice can be replaced with Vinegar.
  • For Paneer Paratha and Paneer Bhurji, solid block of paneer is not needed. So skip last step of shaping the paneer into solid blocks instead hang the cheese cloth for 30 mins and use it in the recipe.
  • Avoid skimmed milk for preparing paneer.

6 comments:

  1. Ya Nithys,U r correct about the whey.I also use whey for kneading chapatti dough dear

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  2. Useful post Nithya. Very nice pictures on "how to" makes it more clear :-)

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  3. Thank you for this post. I tried making once but it led to disaster. Shall follow as per this recipe.

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  4. thank u for sharing the step by step... so useful!

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  5. I too always make paneer at home!! It's quick, easy and healthier!! I use curd in place of lemon juice.
    Nice step by step picks, Nithya..

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