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Home made Paneer

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Rich in protein content, this cheese is different from all other cheeses that you get all around the world. Unlike most cheeses,preparation of paneer (who happens to be tofu's sister) doesn't involve rennet as as a coagulant. Use this versatile ingredient in any form...may it be sliced, cubed, slab, grated, mashed, pureed etc.
  Full fat milk 1 3⁄20 Liter (2 Pint)
  Lemon juice 6 Tablespoon

1. In a medium sauce pan, place milk to boil.
2. When it just starts to boil, remove off flame and add lemon juice.
3. Using a whisk, keep mixing till milk starts to curdle. Keep aside to cool.
4. In a large sized bowl, cover with muslin cloth.
5. Pour cooled curdled milk over muslin cloth and allow to strain.
6. Seal muslin cloth like a bag and keep to hang (place the bowl at bottom so that excess liquid can drip into the bowl).
7. Once all the excess liquid has drained off, squeeze muslin cloth once (to remove liquid, if any).
8. Place in a small flat dish/ tin (along with muslin cloth) and top with a heavy weight (like a stone etc). Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

9. Once set, cut into pieces and use as desired in recipes to make pulao, tikkas, cutlets etc.

You can also use 1 teaspoon citric acid to split milk, as an alternative to lemon juice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Meaty, Velvety
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
240 Minutes
Ready In: 
250 Minutes
An ingredient without which my kitchen pantry is incomplete. We never give in to second beat and when it comes to cottage cheese, my mother always insists on making it fresh at home..even though it means we will have to wait for a little while longer.
Indian Cottage cheese

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 713 Calories from Fat 336

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 37 g57.5%

Saturated Fat 21.4 g107.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 115 mg38.3%

Sodium 460.8 mg19.2%

Total Carbohydrates 68 g22.7%

Dietary Fiber 0.36 g1.4%

Sugars 62.6 g

Protein 37 g74.7%

Vitamin A 23.8% Vitamin C 69%

Calcium 130.6% Iron 2.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Home Made Paneer Recipe, Indian Cottage Cheese