How To Make Homemade Paneer/ Indian Cheese


Paneer is a cheese originated in India.It's made with cow's milk, is white in color and soft in texture. It has a mild flavor, and is great in heated dishes, as it retains it's shape, and doesn't melt.

Paneer is very easy to make at home and is much tastier than the store bought ones and much more creamier too. Paneer an all time favorite cheese in India is used in ever so many dishes like matar paneer, gravy paneer, paneer butter masala , palak paneer etc

Curdled milk is called chenna/cottage cheese. Flattened chenna is Paneer.The whey can be used as a healthy addition for boiling rice, kneading into dough to make rotis or parathas

Ingredients:-

( The ingredients are approximate quantity, whenever i prepare milk i usually take as much milk as i need in a big container and when it comes to boil i start adding acid(whichever you are using ) little by liitle till the milk curdles..)

Whole Milk:- 1 liter

Acid ( like Vinegar(1-3tsp), lemon(1/2) or citric acid(1/2tsp)

The quantity of Paneer that you get would be about 15% of the weight of the milk you start with. So one liter of milk makes about 150 grams of cheese and a gallon of milk makes a little more than a pound

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

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


Now turn off heat and allow to sit for a few minutes to cool. Strain through the muslin cloth.

When the liquid is mostly drained out, lift the cloth by the corners and twist to squeeze out remaining liquid.


To make paneer, press the cloth-covered cheese under a heavy enough weight for up to two hours ( i usually use the same container in which i drained the liquid to put on top )..

After two hours you will get flat and firm paneer.

Now you can store it in an airtight box and refrigerate(upto 2-3days) till ready to use

When you want to use the paneer, remove from fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 10 mins. Then you can slice it, shred it, grate it or cut it into desired shapes.

23 comments:

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Hey the paneer has come out really very well with lovely pieces goes good with shahi Paneer..

Priya said...

Wow preety paneer come out prefectly..I do love to prepare paneer at home..Amazing work Preety!

Ann said...

It turned out perfect for you! I too love the home made one:))

Pavithra said...

Wow i always love home made paneer.. looks so good and perfect

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Love;y Paneer..they look perfect!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

I tried making paneer at home yesterday and it was light and delicious. Your paneer also came out pretty good.:).

Poornima Nair said...

I used to make paneer often when in India, as milk would go bad atleast once a week. I always find it difficult to shape it though, so I don't make it often now. Yours has come out great.

Ann said...

Who can resist this splendid paneer ? i used to make too..perfect shaping is yet to come though!

Pari said...

Indeed nothing can beat home made paneer. It was a frequent at my place when we lived in Chennai. The most horrible Paneer one can buy there.Your paneer has come out perfect.

Faiza Ali said...

They have turned out so perfect. Home made paneer are the best.

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*sangi* said...

Luv home made paneer!
Looks perfect !

Sanghi said...

Looks perfect preety! Thanks!

Priti said...

Your paneer looks so gud and perfect ...

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Valarmathi said...

Turned very perfect. Looks pretty.

DEESHA said...

nice info on how to make paneer .. thanks for sharing

Smitha said...

Wow! homemade paneer is defintely much much tastier than store bought.

Varsha Vipins said...

oh wow..Though I doubt if mine would come out as perfect as this,I'd love to try it out Preety,,thanks for sharing..:)

Uma said...

looks perfect :)

Nithya said...

This looks perfect and yumm.. I love paneer..will surely be trying it out soon.

First time here and sure would be here often. keep it going.

Kalyani said...

first time here ....... u have a wonderful recipes here ..... keep going preety

Pooja said...

The paneer has turned out perfect!

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