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Homemade Paneer

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If you thought making paneer at home (Indian cheese) was tough, here is a step by step guide to making flavored paneer. You can now make your own paneer and cook all the delicious dishes Indian dishes you always wanted to.
  Milk 1 Liter
  Lemon juice/Vinegar 3 Tablespoon
  Cumin seeds To Taste
  Pepper powder To Taste
  Dried mint leaves To Taste

1. To prepare the paneer, pour the milk into the pan. Bring the milk to a boil and simmer.
2. Start to slowly stir in the lemon juice or vinegar, about a tablespoonful at a time. The milk will begin to curdle. This is “curds and whey”.
3. Drain off the whey, keeping the curds.
4. Dump the curds out onto the cloth (it will be messy), wrap them up, and squeeze the cloth to get the whey out.
5. Fold the curds up in the cloth, then balance the big pot, full of cold water, on top cut after resting it for an hour and is ready to cook.

6. Use as desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Indian Cottage Cheese
If you always wanted to prepare cottage cheese at home, then here is the recipe for you. In this video, famous Indian chef Sanjay shows you, how easily you can prepare paneer or cottage cheese in your own kitchen. He also shares some tricks to spice up the cottage cheese. Doesn't it sound interesting? It is a must watch for all paneer-lover people.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 103 Calories from Fat 49

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g8.4%

Saturated Fat 3.1 g15.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 16.7 mg5.6%

Sodium 67.7 mg2.8%

Total Carbohydrates 10 g3.2%

Dietary Fiber 0.14 g0.57%

Sugars 9 g

Protein 5 g11%

Vitamin A 3.8% Vitamin C 5.8%

Calcium 19.4% Iron 2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shantihhh's picture
WOW, you worked in Bukhara, in the Maurya Sheraton in Delhi-one of my very favourite places to eat-very impressive. Beautiful restaurant-especially if someone else is paying. Tandoori lamb is amazing there, or was it mutton? Can't recall, but it was quite a meal each time we eat there. 'Dum Pukht' the Awadhi restaurant is also very nice as well. I love the old Mughli style recipes.
shantihhh's picture
I am curious does it work to use fat free milk?
vandana's picture
The paneer just like the store bought one that can be cut into nice cubes. Also like the idea of flavored paneer.
Sabine's picture
Awesome videos Sanjay! You have inspired me not only to cook and try many of these dishes that used to be such a mystery to me, but also to join ifoods. Your love for what you do shows in the detail you go into when explaining how ingredients react to certain stimuli and other ingredients and why. Your passion is infectious and your personal touch is informative, colourful and interesting. so far ive loved every dish i have seen. I made great home made paneer first go thanks!(its hard to get it miles away from any major city in australia). Now i can make my own saag or palak paneer anytime i want. Joy joy happy joy...Ty again!
soniya's picture
awesome receipe to make paneer. Now a days, paneer got costly in the market, so its cheap way to make paneer. Thanks. n one more thing, I like the idea to add herbs, i never think of it. Thanks again.
Homemade Paneer Recipe Video, Indian Cottage Cheese