Monday, July 9, 2007

Paneer from scratch

Not being satisfied with the softness of the paneer in the local stores, I decided to be brave and try something that everyone has always told me was very easy but what I believed to be very tough. I decided to make my own paneer. And let me tell you, it is so so so easy!! I can't believe it myself!



First boil some milk - any kind is fine. I first tried with full milk, and then next tried with non-fat and both came out very well. So now I can even have fat-free paneer! So cool!

When the milk is at a full, roaring boil, add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Dont add more than that only because the paneer gets a bit of a lemony taste. If you dont mind that, go ahead. As soon as you add the juice, the milk will curdle and separate. Take it off the heat.




Pour the milk mixture into a sieve lined with a cheese-cloth. The water will run through. Fold the cloth over the remaining milk and place a heavy weight over it (I used a pressure cooker filled with trays over it). Leave it alone for an hour.



After an hour, unwrap and PRESTO! Perfect paneer ready to be cut into any shape you desire!

52 comments:

DEEPA said...

Good to see that you made paneer at home .The cook technique is great .

Arundathi said...

thanks deepa.

USHA said...

Hi Arundathi,

Nice to see your pictures step by step process of home made paneer....got wonderful collections of recipes...Hmm i liked your recovering chennai blog..great..

Arundathi said...

Thanks Usha for stopping by and for your comments... :)

Raaga said...

So, did you make my dish with the paneer or not? If you didn't, let me know... I'll stop talking to you :-))

Arundathi said...

Nope haven't made it yet... :(

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Arundathi said...

THank you...

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Hi Arundathi,
I had no idea that you had a food blog too. I am a regular at Rediscovering Chennai & you do a great job there!

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you've disappeared. hope all's well

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TBC - I love your blog and the photographs!! Thanks for stopping by!

Raaga - I'm back, dear, after a long and tiring "vacation". Need to recover - will start posting again soon! Hope all's well!

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Sirisha Kilambi said...

Nice one dear....when I tried to make paneer...I waited for sometime...say 10 mts for the milk to curdle and then filtered it........Didn't know u can make paneer with non-fat versions as well...Thanks :-)

maninas: food matters said...

Hi! I was just thinking about paneer right now, so it was a great surprise when I saw this post!

I have a question: can you use milk that is slightly off? I am asking about this because I seem to remember that someone once told me this. I might be wrong, but I wanted to check. Thanks!

maninas: food matters said...

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I accidentally pasted in your blog's address instead of mine... sorry... :)

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Your post reminded me of my days of struggling to have good n soft paneer where the criteria used to be to have good pieces without having the paneer crumble...You've done a good job.

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