Background: I looooove paneer. It’s not easy to find where I live. I hate going grocery shopping, and I especially hate going to a specific store only to buy 1-2 items.
Paneer is a type of cheese, used in several Indian recipes (paneer tikka masal, saag paneer, etc.). It is very very tasty and is very high in protein. Here’s a recipe.
9 cups milk (use whole milk)
1 1/4 tbsp salt
1/4 cups lemon juice
Heat the milk to boiling – either on the stove or in the microwave. Add the 1/4 cup lemon juice and turn off the heat.
Curds will form.
Put four layers of cheesecloth in a colander. Pour the mixture through this. Let it sit and drain.
Gather up the cheesecloth into a purse. Tie this over a pot or over the sink and allow it to drain at room temperature for an hour.
Unfold the cheesecloth, reshape into a rectangle, and refold.
Put paneer in between two plates, and weigh down with something heavy. Let this sit here for 1.5 hours, re-tightening the cheesecloth every 30 minutes.
Take it out when it’s done, and store it in an airtight container. Cut into cubes when cooking for use in stir fry or other dishes. Yum!
TIME INVESTMENT: Approximately 3 hours total from start to finish. Active time runs about 15-20 minutes. Very simple to make, and I will be doing this again!