Learn How to Make Paneer at Home | Homemade Paneer recipe – Cottage Cheese Recipe with a simple video tutorial. Paneer is a fresh, unsalted Indian cottage cheese which is widely used in Indian cooking especially in curries.
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Today I have a very quick post which has been waiting for a long time to come here. Do you remember the time when I wrote that I will share my homemade paneer recipe here in my Palak Paneer Recipe post? I know it’s been some time, but thank god, it’s finally here. Thanks to all those requests which I have been getting for making a video on how to make paneer at home. That is another reason for sharing it. 😀
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This very easy, simple post shows How to make Fresh Paneer at Home. In case if you are unaware of paneer, which is quite unlikely because if you have ever been to an Indian restaurant then you must have had paneer dishes for sure. And so you would already know what paneer is. However, if there is anyone who never had paneer and doesn’t know what paneer is, then let me introduce you to this very humble, versatile, Indian cooking ingredient — ‘Paneer’ (पनीर).
What Is Paneer?
Paneer is a fresh, unsalted Indian cottage cheese which is widely used in Indian cooking especially in curries. This cheese is mildly milky and it doesn’t have a very pungent taste, so it blends beautifully with the spices. And thus, as a result, you get awesome paneer curries and other yummy dishes. Such as: Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala, Potato Paneer Stuffed Roasted Red Cabbage Cones, Creamy Fruit and Nut Couscous Paneer Pudding and Sponge Rasgulla.
In India, you can buy paneer from traditional dairy kiosks where they sell dairy products. However, in Finland, we get paneer only in Asian grocery stores which are not very many. But being an Indian I yearn for paneer dishes often. But going to an Indian store on the other side of the city just for buying paneer doesn’t sound very motivating to me. So that’s the reason why I always opt for making my own paneer rather than buying it.
So, now you know that making my own paneer is a necessity being a foodie Indian. But let me tell you a secret, I actually love making my own paneer. It’s kinda fulfilling watching the milk curdle. It only takes a couple of minutes. Also, I love this feeling of using that paneer which is the freshest.
Making your own paneer is fun: I don’t only make this because I need to, but I also love making paneer, because it’s indeed a satisfying experience. Making your own paneer is as easy as cake. That’s why I prefer to use homemade paneer when it comes to curry or any other recipe made with paneer.
Perfect curdling is the key:
When I was in India, I didn’t realize that making paneer could be tricky because in India you can curdle the milk with any acidic/citric agent. Everything works there; lemon juice, vinegar, citric acid, yogurt, and buttermilk. But curdling milk in Finland is slightly tricky. When I moved here first, I tried making my own paneer with lemon juice, and I failed. It’s because it did not curdle fully. Next time I made paneer using vinegar and the results were about the same. Then I added citric acid the next time but still ended up with no curdling. Then I tried all the possible combos, but nothing worked. So, in a way, all my traditional learned experience did not help at all. So, I was desperately looking for a solution to this problem. And then…
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Thanks to my friend:
I told about this problem to one of my friends who runs an Indian restaurant here. Then she told me that they make paneer with buttermilk or yogurt. And I gave it a go the very same day. And voila, my milk was perfectly curdled. Just the way it should be. So after tens of failed trials, I finally found the recipe which works for the environment/country where I live in.
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The process is simple:
The method of making paneer is similar to using the acidic agents. To find out which method works for you, you can do a little test before making paneer and if lemon or vinegar works then you are good to go.
Making your paneer only needs two ingredients
Ingredient 1. Full fat milk
Ingredient 2. Any one of these:
- Lemon Juice
- Citric Acid
For making paneer at home, it’s very important that whole milk (or full-fat milk) is used. If you will use fat-free or low-fat milk, then the milk will not have enough fat and would not curdle the way it should be, or might not curdle at all.
Don’t throw the whey after draining the curd. You can use the whey for making dough for Chapati or Paratha.
So let’s get started.
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Watch How To Make Paneer |Homemade Paneer Recipe video below (please wait for a couple of seconds for loading).
- Full-fat milk - 1 liter
- And any one of the below: (In this video I have used yogurt)
- Yogurt - 1 cup
- Buttermilk - 2 cup
- Vinegar - 4-5 tbsp
- Lemon Juice - 4-5 tbsp
- Citric Acid - 1 tbsp
- Pour milk into a pan and bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add yogurt or any of the other citric/acidic agent.
- Stir slowly. The milk should start to curdle straight away. The whole curdling process might take 2-3 mins.
- When the milk is fully curdled and completely separate the curds and whey, then remove it from the heat.
- Line a colander with a large piece of muslin cloth and place it over a large pan or a bowl.
- Carefully pour the mixture into the colander to collect the curds in the muslin.
- Add ice cold water to get rid of any left-over whey.
- Take all the ends of the cloth together and squeeze out the excess liquid.
- Leave the muslin in the colander and put some weight on it.
- Leave it like this for at least 1 hour. This process will drain all the water and you will get the soft and
- Remove Fresh paneer from muslin cloth and cut into desired pieces.
- Your creamy, firm and light Paneer is ready to use in your favorite dish.
- PS: Soak paneer in water, cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
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