Paneer, also known as Cottage Cheese is a favorite ingredient in Indian cooking, and there's nothing like fresh homemade paneer .I like Paneer very much.For so many days I was carving for paneer but we don't get Paneer here in Paris. So Finally I decided to make Paneer at home only. Making paneer at home is not such a big deal , its simple and does not require a lot of care or expertise. It's so damn easy.Homemade paneer guarantees that you are eating something fresh.

Ingredients (For 150 gms of paneer):-

1 liter whole milk (full fat milk)
1/2 lemon or lime - juiced, or 1-3 tsp vinegar
muslin cloth (or anything that's a bit thin)


Method:-

1) Bring the milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning or sticking.

2) When it comes to a boil, stir in the acid and cook for another 2-3 minutes; in a few minutes, you see small curds floating on top. Wait till they get bigger to form small stone-like granules, about five minutes. The solids will clump together and the remaining liquid will become a thin watery white (known as whey).

3) Now turn off heat and allow to sit for a few minutes to cool.



4) Strain through the muslin cloth. When the liquid is mostly drained out, lift the cloth by four corners and twist to squeeze out remaining liquid. You can put the cloth with the paneer in it to sit on a colander over the sink for an hour or so till all excess water drips away. What you get at this stage is cottage cheese. If you let it sit for an additional 12 to 24 hrs at room temperature to develop acidity, and then cook it further you will be able to make ricotta cheese.

5) To make paneer, press the cloth-covered cheese under anything heavy enough weight for up to two hours. Fold the cloth around the cheese, then pressed it , and put it between two heavy wooden cutting boards. Put something heavier on top of the cutting board to increase the weight. Leave it like this for a couple of hours.

6) This makes the paneer firm and hard. Now you can store it in an airtight box and refrigerate till ready to use. You can even cut it into cubes and store them.

Tips:-
If you are using 1 Gallon of milk, use juice from one whole lemon.

34 Comments:

  1. notyet100 said...
    paner lookin so fresh..thnks for sharin...
    SriLekha said...
    wow! its looking so nice and the paneer which has come out is perfect!
    Priti said...
    Paneer looking so fresh and perfect...I feel like eating paneer now !
    srikars kitchen said...
    wow... paneer looking so freah & soft.. thxs for sharing...
    sowmya said...
    very nice..am bookmarking for reference!!
    Happy cook said...
    Home made paneer is he best
    Kitchen Flavours said...
    Paneer looks soft and fresh.
    easycrafts said...
    Looks as good as we get in shops...good one
    Laavanya said...
    That looks perfect Sireesha - thanks for the detailed instructions too.
    Purva Desai said...
    Paneer looks perect the way we get in the market. Thanks for sharing.
    Ramya Bala said...
    Superb dear..where do u have all this energy???

    Me a one big lazy p...,who always gets readymade paneer...
    Cham said...
    Nothing beats to homemade paneer. Came out perfect
    VEGETABLE PLATTER said...
    paneer looks good .. home made paneer is always better tan the outside ones ..
    Divya Vikram said...
    just perfect!
    raaji said...
    paneer looks so fresh...
    rekhas kitchen said...
    paneer looks so perfect and fresh also i use to make it in India now i have to try it here also thanks for remainding me home made paneer dear
    Uma said...
    wow, this is such an easy process for making paneer sireesha! Thanks for sharing.
    Usha said...
    Good one ...paneer looks perfect :)
    Madhavi said...
    Delicious paneer and looks greattt!!!
    Dershana said...
    I make it at home the same way. Your pictures look so nice. Thanks a bunch for adding me to your blog roll, :-)
    Indranee said...
    Hi Sireesha, hope u r doing great. I was away from blogging for some time.I love dishes prepared with paneer. Favorites are chilli paneer and palak paneer. Thanks for sharing this homemade process. Cheers!
    Medhaa said...
    We love paneer too and in india always made it at home, we used to always add 1 tbsp of curds too, this is to make the paneer softer. And they say we get more paneer when we add curds but I really dont know if that is true.

    I am so glad you liked the corn Kurma. Thank you for letting me know.
    ηiηo said...
    wowwwwwwwwwww
    Cynthia said...
    I ventured into the realm of making this last year and did so with great success :) Yours looks perfect!
    ramya said...
    Paneer looks perfect
    sabita said...
    Paneer looks soft and fresh....
    shruti said...
    Home made paneer is he best and looks fresh.
    Sagari said...
    thats a beautiful and fresh paneer
    Nidhi said...
    Your paneer is looking very soft and fresh. Perfectly done!
    Sireesha said...
    Thanks all for ur lovely comments.

    Medhaa thanks for the tip this time will add curd while making paneer.
    Uj said...
    Paneer looks perfect.. It tastes much better than store brought Paneer..
    RAKS KITCHEN said...
    Wow perfectly done...miserably , I dont have much patience like you!Sure it would taste great when freshly made!
    Isom said...
    Thank you for explaining how to make paneer! You're right - it IS simple to make. I had no idea how simple as I make my own yogurt all the time & this is even easier.

    One question - after adding the acid, is it stirred at all or does the curds clump into bigger lumps by itself? I'm not clear on that point. I could try it myself but wish to do it right the first time.

    Thanks again!! I just found your site & have now bookmarked it as I love Indian food & have made my own for many many years now.
    Sireesha said...
    Hi Isom,

    Thanks for bookmarking.

    Just stir once immediately after adding the acid.Then curds will clump into bigger lumps by itself (don't stir again and again).

    Try it out and let me know the result.

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