May 29, 2009

Homemade Paneer

Heat up about half a gallon of milk.

When the milk starts boiling and rising up , just switch off the stove.

Squeeze a lime right on top of the boiled milk immediately after switching off the stove. You can either use juice of a lime or you can use vinegar. Keep adding little by little until you see the water separating out from the whey. Stop adding more lime juice or vinegar.

You will need either a cheesecloth or a muslin cloth to hang the paneer. But as you can see, I don't have either of those. Every time my mom visits me here, she brings her thin towels to dry up her hair after a shower. I used one of her new ones and cut into into small pieces! Oops. Just don't tell her! These work perfect. They are cotton and hence all the water just flows down through the fabric.

Once the water is almost out, wrap the towel around the paneer tightly and let it just sit. I was making this to make crumbled paneer. If you want to make really firm paneer, add some weight on top of the towel.

After a couple of hours, your homemade fresh paneer is ready to use!

I used 1% fat milk to make this paneer. This is so much more healthier than the full fat paneer available in stores. It takes about 10 mins to prepare and is much more healthier.

I do have to confess that I have had many many trials and tribulations and wasted milk trying to make paneer. I've made paneer that when thrown can break walls apart! I've made panner that was like some paste. So, after many attempts, I saw a video online and learnt how to make it. The key is to switch off the stove when the milk is boiling and then add the vinegar or lime. That just works fine.

So, if making paneer intimidates you, don't worry anymore. Just try it again and again till you get it - one taste of the fresh homemade paneer - you will never go back to buying the preservative-laden store stuff.

Good luck and Happy Paneering!


  1. But I have one doubt, How do you cut them into cubes?

    That is the shape I need.

  2. Hi Kavitha,

    When you tie up the paneer - make sure you make it flat and keep a heavy weight on top. Then, when the paneer sets, you can cut it up into small cubes or squares. Try it a couple of times and you will get the hang of it.

  3. actually i dint get u anu..
    could u show us with pictures...i need to make blocks of paneer...

  4. I have made paneer with success before. But this last time I ended up with a slimy pasty paneer. Is there any use for it? Hate to waste it as I used a gallon of whole milk.
    Btw I have made your rasamalai n number of times and it has a been a hit each time. Thx.

  5. Vardhini - sorry that the paneer did not turn out good. What you can do though is just using a food processor or just with hand, just make the paneer into a coarse bits and you can even add some potatoes and make koftas out of it. If its a lot of quantity, you can even freeze the koftas for a few weeks. That way you'll have an easy dinner for a weeknight. Good luck.


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