How to make Paneer at home


Paneer is a fresh cheese or curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice , vinegar or curd / yogurt .Many vegetarian curries , appetizers and desserts are made by adding paneer as the main Ingredient. 



I prefer home made paneer and love it, with paratha in my breakfasts or in my dinners too. Here is my Recipe of how to make Home Made Paneer .


INGREDIENTS :
1 and 1/4 full fat milk 
tsp lemon or 2 tsp vinegar or 1/4 cup yoghurt/curd
salt ( optional ) 

METHOD : 
  • Boil the milk in a large pot. ( I have used full fat buffalo's milk , but can use full fat cow's milk as well )
  • Add the lemon juice or curd or vinegar and stir the milk.
  • Once you add the lemon juice or vinegar or curd , immediately the milk will curdle up , switch off the gas .
  • Add some ice water or ice cubes to prevent the paneer to cook more further and become hard. Let it rest for 2-3 minutes.
  • On a large strainer , keep a muslin cloth and pour this cuddled paneer.
  • Collect together the muslin cloth and make a knot of it, squeezing excess water .Hang it for about 30 -45 minutes , to remove excess whey.
  • Remove the paneer block out of the muslin cloth , chop into desired pieces and use further to add in curries or as vegetable or serve with parantha .


NOTE : 
  • I add salt , preferably rock salt after adding lemon juice as I like my paneer to be a little salty , if you want you can add too only if the paneer has to be used for savoury dishes and not in any desserts.
  • Make sure you do not add too much of vinegar or lemon juice as this will make your paneer too hard , so add as much as needed. 
  • If your milk doesn't curdle up , then immediately add 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar to milk to curdle up .
  • Do not over cook the paneer , it may become hard so as soon as the milk curdles up , off the gas.
  • When you remove the paneer from muslin cloth , it forms the shape of drop , so once when you keep the paneer hanged in muslin cloth for 30 -40 minutes , after that keep the paneer with muslin cloth on a flat surface on a steel plate and place a heavy thing on it . Press it , so that paneer becomes flat and square in shape , chop into small pieces.  


PREPARATION TIME : 40 -50 Minutes.
COOKING TIME: 20 -25 Minutes.
TOTAL TIME : 1 hour 15 minutes.
TYPE :  Easy.
COURSE : Indian.

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