Tuesday, June 05, 2012

How to make Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese:

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Paneer is basically a soft cheese made from milk..!
Its very healthy & most of us love paneer with its delicate milky flavor. It doesn’t have much taste of its own, but it is used in many great dishes like  Butter paneer  masala,  Palak  paneer,  kadai Paneer   Shahi  Paneer   etc.,
Its very easy to prepare fresh paneer at home. Once we make our own, we will never go back to store bought. 
So,  today I’m sharing the easy step by step recipe on how to make  fresh  &  soft  Indian Cheese,  Paneer..:)
Ingredients:
  • Whole fat milk               -  1 litre
  • Fresh lime juice             - 2 to 3 tbsp ( or 1 ½ tbsp vinegar )
Lets Start:
  1. Take milk in a heavy bottomed pan.
  1. Allow to boil in medium high.
  1. Squeeze lemon and take fresh lime juice. ( vinegar can also be used )
  2. Keep stirring the milk, until it comes to boil.

  1. Now turn the flame to low heat and add lime juice,  1 tsp at a time.
  1. Keep stirring the milk after each addition.
  1. Repeat this until the milk curdles completely.
  1. Now you can see the whey water separates from the solid milk particles.
  1. Turn off the gas and keep aside for 5 minutes.
  1. Place a thick muslin cloth over a strainer.
  1. Pour the contents in the pan over the strainer.
  1. Rinse the strained paneer with fresh water.
  1. Now we can see nice creamy paneer.
  1. Take a tray & keep it in the bottom.
  1. Place a big plate with holes in it over the tray.
  1. Now carefully gather the edges of the muslin cloth and hold it up.
  1. Gently roll the cloth, so that the excess whey water drains out.
  1. Fold the cloth with paneer inside as a rectangular block, ( as we fold kerchief)
  1. Now place the cloth under a heavy weight over it. ( usually I use a thick bottomed wok with water )
  1. This ensures smooth pressing & helps to get Paneer,  just like store bought one.
  1. Now wait for 4 to 5 hrs. ( the longer you press the paneer, the firmer it gets)
  1. Unfold  the cloth, we can see good & smooth paneer.
  1. The sides which are not pressed looks crumbled.
  1. Trim the edges & cut it to fine cubes.
  1. Home made healthy paneer is ready to add in any favorite curry of our choice.
  1. Paneer can be used in many different ways from making  desserts appetizers  &  main course dishes.

This stays good for about 2 to 3 days in refrigerator & 1 to 2 months in freezer. 

Note:
  • Do not throw away the leftover whey water, it can be reserved in fridge, & used for kneading chapatti, paratha or pizza dough.
  • The more fat content in the milk, the better output. Paneer made from a high fat content milk will be tastier.

Similar Recipes 
·       Chilly Paneer
·       Shahi Paneer
·       Butter Paneer Masala
·       Finger Paneer
·       Kadai Paneer

63 comments:

  1. this looks fabulous deliciously done and presented

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  2. Jay what nice and yummy recipe!

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  3. Oh! I am super interested in this recipe! I just recently ate this cheese and loved it!!

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  4. Beautifully made paneers...

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  5. wonderfully made paneer..will try this for sure..looking fab!
    Spicy-Aroma

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  6. Great step by step, look forward to your paneer dishes :-)

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  7. thanks for sharing such great tips.

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  8. The paneer cubes look so attractive ! Must be scrumptious & delicious.

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  9. I've often wondered how to make paneer. Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to give it a try!

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  10. Yes, I use the whey for curries or pizza dough. Nicely done.

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  11. Perfect panner cubes

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  12. Nice demo dear - I use the whey for smoothies and for making chappati attas whenever I make paneer at home.

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  13. Nice demo dear - I use the whey for smoothies and for making chappati attas whenever I make paneer at home.

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  14. Wow, beautiful illustrative clicks,loved them.

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  15. Looks yum
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  16. The first click Jay,I loved it !!

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  17. This is an easy recipe to follow..definitely will bookmark this.

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  18. This is a beautiful post! Nice and detailed recipe with beautiful pics.

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  19. very useful post jay...soft paneer..

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  20. Its been long time since I made paneer at home. Loved your step wise pics !!

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  21. U make your own cheese too, Jay?? U never fail to impress me, dear! Great work here :)

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  22. Your Paneer looks perfect Jay!!

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  23. Lovely post with lovely tip... Thanks Jay...

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  24. Love the step by step photos. Have bookmarked this post and will attempt to make soon. I hope it turns out just like yours! :)

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  25. perfect presentation...

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  26. I like to use vinegar in my paneer. useful for newbies.

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  27. Perfect looking home made paneer, wonderful preparation...

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  28. Ha ! That's one of the Indian food that I'm too keen to make ! And it will freeze well ! Thanks , Jay for sharing this ! Hopefully I can think of what to do about it once I already made it ! lol

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  29. Very useful post..I always had a problem in making firm paneer. will follow your steps now
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  30. The paneer has come out perfectly jay!!! This is an awesome post :)

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  31. Nothing will beat these homemade paneer,well done Jay.

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  32. Process well explained Jey. I too like to make paneer at home as store brought one always has some problem or the other due to improper temp. for storage & power cuts.

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  33. thanks dearies for taking time to leave your valuable thoughts..
    do giv a try & enjoy the fresh paneer at home..:)

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  34. Hi Jay :D
    What a wonderful pics of paneer you have here.
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    http://www.foodporn.net
    It's free to submit, free to join, and a lot of members can enjoy your creation!

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  35. wow..thats really perfect paneer!..thx for the step by step pics..v helpful...

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  36. Peeerrrrrffffeeeeccccttttt!!! creamy homemade cheese.

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  37. Wonderful!
    I saw this recipe on tv some time ago.

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  38. home made is the best.. i have tried very few times.. thnx for the tips on whey water.. new to me..

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  39. Thanks Jay, I'm so happy to learn about paneer making!

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  40. Hi JaY,

    Thank you for your visit to my blog and

    thank you for your valuable comment on my post.

    I wish your regular support to me Jay:)

    Keep on...

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  41. Hi JaY,

    Home made paneer is very useful to me JaY :)

    Nice idea JaY :) :-)

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  42. useful post for any beginners to the kitchen..Fresh paneer always works the magic..

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  43. I just love paneer and it's so easy to make!

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  44. This looks so easy and tasty ... I'm learning so much from you, Jay :-)

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  45. Store bought paneer is never as good as homemade. Thanks for the step by step pics.

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  46. This is a beautiful and useful post!

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  47. usefull post.love the come.

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  48. perfect Paneer! Homemade are the best n tasty ones...nice clicks!

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  49. Very informative post Jay. I sometimes add pepper or herbs like cilantro and mint in the paneer, they add a lot of flavor.

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  50. Lovely post,jay..I too make paneer at home..:-)

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  51. Thank you for your visit & valuable feedback..
    have a lovely day..:)

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  52. Oh wow! You've inspired me! I would love to try this. I've made my own ricotta and this look similar. Thanks for the tutorial and great pics!

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  53. Very informative post! Liked it.

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  54. Hi Jay, never realized that paneer is quite easy to make. hmmmm, bookmarked with thanks. a must try for me, cos i come across so many recipes with paneer as a main ingredient. have a nice day

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  55. useful post....perfectly done....

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