Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Homemade Paneer~Indian Cottage Cheese

Paneer or Cottage Cheese is of South Asian Cooking. Paneer is a Diary Product. It is used in Desserts, Snacks, Side Dish and Main Dishes. In India its also known as Chenna
Everybody like Paneer and dishes made out of Paneer.Yesterday i Tried making Paneer from the scratch and thank God it came out very well (like the store brought).
This is how i made my Paneer.

Ingredients for making Paneer:
1 Gallon of (2% milk or whole milk )
2 tablespoon of lemon Juice
a muslin cloth

Method for making Homemade Paneer:
Step 1: Pour the milk to a big vessel add the lemon juice to it, mix well.
Step 2: Then Heat the Vessel which has milk, when it becomes warm, milk will start to curdle, remove from heat and strain the curdled milk over a muslin cloth/cotton cloth.
Step 3: Tie a not over the strained,collected curdled milk and then let it hang over a place like sink faucet for nearly 20 minutes.
Step 4: Remove it and place it on a cutting board and flatten it to a desired shape and keep weight on it and let it rest for an hour.
Step 5: Remove the weight from the Paneer and then Steam the cubes for about 15 minutes.
Step 6: Let it cool, then Freeze it.
Step 7: Cut the Free zed Paneer to required Shapes and Deep Fry in Ghee and Garnish over the dishes.
This homemade fresh Paneer can be used for making various dishes of Paneer like Palak Paneer, Matar Paneer, Paneer Fried Rice, Paneer Pakoda etc...

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