How To Make Paneer – Indian Cheese

In an older post I have shared a recipe for making ricotta cheese. Paneer or some call it Indian Cottage Cheese, tastes almost the same as ricotta.

It is a straightforward recipe, and hardly takes time.

However,  I believe this cheese  holds better than ricotta, Ricotta cheese is softer in texture than Paneer, only because Paneer is drained well from whey.

But in general there is nothing you can do with ricotta that you can’t do with Paneer.

The first time I saw this cheese, I thought it’s Tofu. Now, I know that many like to eat Tofu, but I just can’t develop a taste for it!

What I like about Paneer is, when it’s fried, it’s crunchy from outside, creamy and rich from the inside.

OK, here is the recipe.


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How To Make Paneer – Indian Cheese
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Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Salt to taste
  1. Mix water with lemon juice and keep aside.
  2. In a sauce pan add milk and salt and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring occasionally to prevent milk from burning at the bottom.
  3. When the milk boils, slowly add the lemon water mixture and gently stir.
  4. The milk solids will start to separate from they whey. Turn off heat.
  5. When milk solids completely separate, the whey will look greenish yellow.
  6. Line cheese cloths in a colander. Pour the whey with milk solids in to the cheese cloth.
  7. Collect the corners of the cheesecloth in your hand, with the other hand squeeze remaining whey from milk solids. You can do this only after it cools down, to avoid burning your hand.
  8. Place the Paneer while in cheesecloth on a cutting bored and place something heavy on top for 40 minutes. This will bring out more whey.
  9. Remove the Paneer from cheesecloth and cut in cubes.
  10. It's best to use immediately but, if you want to use it later. Place it in a Ziploc bag and freeze for at least 2 weeks.


14 Comments on How To Make Paneer – Indian Cheese

  1. Medeja
    10/12/2012 at 8:55 am (3 years ago)

    I love paneer! And I always make it at home :) Though I do not add salt.

    • munatycooking
      10/12/2012 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m about to post some recipes using paneer, and thought posting about how to make it first will be useful :)

  2. Stumptown Savoury
    10/12/2012 at 2:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve made fresh cheeses like Paneer many times, and they really are quite simple to make. I suggest that if you use cheesecloth, you should use two or three layers; butter muslin works quite well and you only need one layer.

    • munatycooking
      11/12/2012 at 7:40 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for the tip :) Yes, two layers of cheesecloth works great with this cheese.

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    10/12/2012 at 11:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I have always wanted to make paneer…thanks for sharing the recipe. And yes, they look so much like tofu.

    • munatycooking
      11/12/2012 at 7:15 am (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome Angie :)

    • munatycooking
      12/12/2012 at 5:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Dear :)

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    13/12/2012 at 10:18 am (3 years ago)

    I have not yet tried Paneer yet, but I heard the nearest Indian store carries it. However, I’m actually surprised with the simple ingredients list and instruction! Really? Maybe I can make it at home!

    • munatycooking
      13/12/2012 at 4:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, It’s really easy to make it at home, and it tastes far much better and creamier than the store bought.

  5. Sandra's Easy Cooking
    14/12/2012 at 8:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I love ricotta, and never tried paneer cheese, but looks fantastic since i am cheese lover:)
    Great pics Muna, and very easy recipe.

    • munatycooking
      14/12/2012 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re too kind Sandra, I’m still working on my food styling :)

  6. Lora @cakeduchess
    20/12/2012 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

    my mother-in-law makes the most amazing ricotta. I swear it’s also so amazing because of the milk in Italy:)))This paneer looks divine, Muna. Great job:) xx

    • munatycooking
      21/12/2012 at 5:03 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lora, eating paneer is like having firmer cubes of ricotta :)