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Feb 19, 2012

Homemade Paneer / Homemade Indian Cottage Cheese / How to make Paneer( Step by Step)

One of my reader named Nancy Mosher requested this recipe for homemade paneer since she couldn’t find it anywhere in the place she live.So this post is for her..Many of you think that making paneer is so hard and needs so much effort, but actually speaking it is not a big deal..It is so much simple and easy to make your own cheese.

While making this paneer, you will get the water which is left from the curdled milk..That is called as whey water,it is so can use it to make all kinds of stuffs..Don't throw that away..You can make rasam out of it or use that water to knead chapati dough.You can use that in your dishes..So hope this helps out...So  try it and let me know what you think..


Whole Fat Milk – 2 litre
Lemon Juice – 3 tblspn


Heat milk in a wide pan and bring it to boil.

Once it comes to a boil, add lemon juice and mix well till it starts to curdle. Simmer till it is completely curdle..Add more lemon juice if needed.

Now line  a colander with muslin cloth and pour this mixture through that. If you wish you can place a bowl in the bottom and collect the whey water from that and use it in your dishes.

Run this mixture in lots of cold water so that all the lemony taste go off.

Squeeze well and fold it from all sides. Place it back in the colander and top it with a flat vessel and place any weight on top.

Put it in the fridge for atleast 3 hours, till all the water gets off and you get nice block of paneer.

Cut or crumble into desire sizes and use it.

use full fat milk
Pour it in a vessel
and bring it to boil
add some lemon juice
and keep stiring
It will start to curdle
completely curdled
Now take a colander
and place a muslin cloth over it..I used a clean kitchen towel
Pour that in
This is the whey water collected...You can use it to..See intro for details
wash it in cold water
squeeze off
now you need to flatten it
fold it
and place some weight on top..Leave in the fridge for couple of hours
See you will get a block of paneer
Cube it
And use in your favorite dishes..

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StephenC said... Best Blogger Tips

I have made this once before. Indeed it is very easy. I think it can be done with vinegar as well as lemon juice.

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

very useful post....superb

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The Yogi Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

What a really good post, Aarthi- lots of people don't understand how easy it is to make your own fresh cheese. Guess what? My recipe for paneer is exactly the same as yours! I too prefer lemon juice to vinegar, as it gives a fresher taste. My favourite is matar paneer and paneer pakoras. Do you have a paneer pakora recipe on your site? You made me want to go make some now :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said... Best Blogger Tips

I will definitely try this, it sounds so easy as you say. Thanks Diane

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said... Best Blogger Tips

I will definitely try this, as you say it looks so easy. Thanks Diane

Kanan said... Best Blogger Tips

i love fresh homemade paneer. I like your picture tutorial.

Catherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Dear Aarthi, This was truly interesting. I bet it is delicious. Blessings, Catherine xo

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow; I am impressed.

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! I actually have to make all of my Paneer...because it's not sold in stores anywhere around here. I love how simple and satisfying the process is, though. Great tutorial :D

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

So useful post !! perfectly done !!

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Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

This has a become a must in all blogs due to friends request. They tend to try it when someone we know has made it. The CHilly panneer linked to this post looks so good !!

Roshu said... Best Blogger Tips

A very good presentation of paneer recipe....good one dear!!! said... Best Blogger Tips

Such an informative post with lovely pictorial instructions.

Sue/the view from great island said... Best Blogger Tips

I make homemade ricotta the same way, only without the pressing it into a block part. I order paneer in Indian restaurants a lot, so I'm happy to know how to make it, thanks!

Marisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I like this recipe very much. It's similar to some spanish homemade cheese recipes. I love it! Best regards.

Christy Gerald said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Fabulously homemade Paneer Dear

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for showing us all how you make paneer. This is quite similar to how I've made it in the past, but it's great to read your instructions so that I can fine-tune the way I make it. Your step-by-step photos are really helpful. The paneer looks so pretty on that pinkish-red dish. I really like cooking with paneer, so am very happy to read your instructions as well as all your great recipes using it. Thanks again.

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Very helpful post Aarthi..

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

very useful post, homemade paneer sure is best..

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The Pumpkin Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect Aarthi...i have also a planned post...i tried with vinegar but realized lime juice gives much smoother texture

Rasi said... Best Blogger Tips

The home made paneer is actually really good & tasty! good one :)

Katerina said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so easy! I will definitely try it!

Sharmilee! :) said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade paneer is always best...nice stepwise explanation...

Preeti Garg said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks wonderful

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Deeps @ Naughty Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

i make it exactly this way too... helpful post

Mina Joshi said... Best Blogger Tips

I make the paneer in the same way as you. I like the way you have managed to get good sized cubes, Recently - I added some ginger to the paneer mixture just before putting it in the muslin cloth. I am hoping that it gives the paneer a good flavour.

Mayuri Kelkar said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much totally have all the answers to the queries of amateur cook like me..keep up the good Mayuri.

Mayuri Kelkar said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much are a great help to amateur cook like me..Love Mayuri.

priya madathil said... Best Blogger Tips

I make paneer with sour curd or buttermilk. the resulting paneer tastes sweeter and is softer than using lime juice or vinegar. you'll have to add curd/buttermilk till the milk curdles and keep stirring.

Happy Cooking said... Best Blogger Tips

approximately how much paneer (in gr) will result from 2 liters of milk?

Can I freeze this if I want to make a double/triple batch?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Happy CookingYou will get around 200 to 250 grams. Yes you can freeze it.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Happy CookingYou will get around 200 to 250 grams. Yes you can freeze it.

umm nuha said... Best Blogger Tips

How do you make cube .do u roll it before cutting

umm nuha said... Best Blogger Tips

How to cube it

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

instead of lemon juice u can use curd... so that the paneer becomes more soft n increase in quantity olso...

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@umm nuhano just cut it as it is