Making paneer - Indian cottage cheese
How to make paneer at home
Making paneer at home is a easy and simple process. Though paneer is easily available,
homemade paneer is made within a few hours. You will find how to make paneer instructions below.
The ingredients to make paneer are very few. You only need milk and an acid ingredient such
as vinegar or lime juice or citric acid.
Paneer - Indian Cottage cheese
You may use full cream or skimmed milk as you like.
When fresh milk curdles while heating for any reason, you may use
that milk to make paneer. (Do not use the curdled milk if it is
Follow the simple instructions given below to make paneer at
to make paneer - Homemade paneer - Indian cottage cheese
Ingredients to make paneer - Homemade panir
Milk - 1 liter
- Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Making paneer at home
- Heat milk in a thick bottomed pan.
- When it starts to boil, add lime juice. Switch the flame
- Stir for a minute. You will see the milk solids separating from the whey.
- Leave for about 5
minutes to cool a little.
- Use a cloth strainer or a plastic strainer with a fine mesh and strain the liquid.
- Once all
the liquid is drained, rinse the solids under running cold water. This will remove the taste
of vinegar or lemon.
- If you are using cloth, tie up and hang for about an hour. You will get a paneer ball when you hang like this.
- You may also keep the cloth wrapped
a heavy stone, pan or a jug of water. This will form into a slab of panir. You may cut this paneer slab into any shape you like, such as fingers, squares or rectangles.
- Keep a thick kitchen towel below the
wrapped paneer. That helps in
getting the liquid out fast.
Homemade Paneer is ready to use. You may use it to make
Palak paneer, mutter paneer or sweets such as kalakand.
- For flavored paneer, you may add a little crushed pepper powder or chopped cilantro - dhania(fresh coriander
leaves to the boiling milk.
- This flavored paneer can be used to make curries. But not the sweets.
- The amount of water to be taken out from paneer will depend on what you want to use paneer
- If using
for deserts , you will need soft paneer and generally 1 hour draining is enough. When you can form a firm and
smooth round with the paneer, it is ready to make sweets like
- If you want to have paneer cubes, you need to make it a little hard so drain for a longer
- Shape in to a
square or rectangular while still in the cloth and put the heavy weight
on it. You will be able to cut into cubes later.
You need to handle paneer carefully while
- The fresh but curdled milk can be used.
- If curdled milk is smelling bad, stinking or tastes bitter do not make paneer with it.
Do not consume it. Just throw it away.