Paneer is also known as Indian cottage cheese, created by curdling cow or buffalo milk with vinegar or lemon juice. It is a non-aged, non-melting, soft cheese, and can be consumed immediately. Packed with protein, paneer is an important ingredient of many Indian vegetarian recipes. Though it’s easily available in all Indian grocery stores but there is no match to the quality of homemade paneer. I always prefer to make it in my own kitchen.
- 8 cups Whole Milk
- 1 n 1/2 tbsps. White Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Water
Add a tbsp. of water to a heavy bottom pan.
Pour in milk into the same pan and let it come to the room temperature. No heat is required upto this point.
Place the milk pan on a medium heat and let it come to a boil.
Once the milk comes to a boil. Turn off the heat and wait for 2 to 3 minutes before we add vinegar to it.
We may use white vinegar, or fresh lime juice to curdle the milk for paneer. Here I’ve used the white vinegar.
In a small bowl add 1/4 cup of regular water and 1 n 1/2 tbsps. of vinegar. Combine well.
Start adding vinegar-water solution to the boiled milk.
Please add spoon by spoon and gently stir the milk.
Add vinegar-water solution and wait for couple seconds until paneer and water separates clearly.
We will see the formation of thick paneer chunks.
Give a minute or two and then strain all paneer through a clean muslin or cotton cloth. Put a big bowl underneath to collect the separated water.
Rinse this paneer with regular drinking water. 2 to 3 times.
Tie the cloth to squeeze extra water from paneer and leave it in the colander for 2 to 3 hours. We may also hang it on a sturdy hook.
After a wait of 2 to 3 hours, open the cloth to get this beautiful loaf of homemade paneer.
Slice it using a sharp and wet knife. Soft paneer with a perfect texture is ready to refrigerate for later use.
It is very easy to make paneer or Indian cottage cheese in your own kitchen. As I’ve already mentioned, there is no match to this homemade paneer. I do create a variety of sweet and savory delicacies using my homemade paneer. Great for salads as well. Following are the two world famous Indian/Bengali sweets -Rasgulla & Rasmalai.