paneer (Indian Cheese) is the only cheese used in traditional Indian cuisine, it has a soft texture similar to tofu. Used widely in curries, specially with Spinach, Peas and Potatoes. Gives a perfect combo for Indian breads, this can be prepared easily at home. I have used some herbs in paneer, just to increase its flavour and taste while using in curries.

2% milk - 1 litre
Cumin - 1tsp
Pepper powder - 1tsp
Basil powder - 1tsp
Lemon juice - 1/2 cup

Boil 2% milk in a heavy bottom pan to boil. (heating till boiling condition is necessary).
Add Cumin, Pepper and Basil (this will give great flavour and taste to paneer)
When its boiling, add the lemon juice and keep stirring the milk in medium heat.
Within few(5) mins the milk separates in a solid form.
Switch off the heat.
Drain it using a cheese cloth.
Pour 3 cups of luke warm water over the cheese to get rid of the lemon flavour.
Tie the ends of the cheese cloth to form a bundle.
keep the bundle under a medium weight (I kept my wooden cutting board) to drain the excess water for 20 mins.
Removing too much of moisture from cheese will make it hard while cooking. So, draining it for 2o mins is just enough.

Traditionally the Paneer will be sliced in to a flawless pieces, hence we added whole cumin, it may not get a flawless piece.
You have to roll it in to small desired shapes.
Fry both the sides in a pan for a min, by drizzling few drops of oil.
Fried Paneer is ready.

Comments (7)

On April 3, 2009 at 9:05 AM , Vrinda said...

Nice post and thanx for the add request...

On April 4, 2009 at 10:36 AM , Gayathri said...

I got the sweet pongal color by adding pinch of orange food color

On April 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM , Gayathri said...

Great entry, home made panner, i generally prepare panner at home, i get very less for one litre of milk, u got a huge quantity.. any tips for the same

One more thing this should i turn off the heat after adding lemon juice?

On April 7, 2009 at 10:18 PM , Rowena said...

I'm impressed with this recipe. I've seen the mention of paneer in other blogs but this is the first time that someone has actually illustrated how to make it! Thanks Ann, I'll let you know when I make it. :-)

On April 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM , Ann said...

Gayathri - There is no tips for that huge quantity, I think may be it appears huge in the photo ;)

Rowena - I will be glad to know how it turned out for you ;)

On April 25, 2009 at 8:17 PM , kittymatti said...

Killer recipe! Look at it! U r sooo innovative, hereafter I better make my own paneer- in yr style! Awesome job!

On April 25, 2009 at 10:36 PM , Ann said...

Thanks Kitty for your feedback!