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How to Make Paneer in 10 Minutes

How to Make Paneer in 10 Minutes

Itís really easy to make, very versatile, and a great source of protein and vitamins. In Indian restaurants across the world, youíll find paneer-based delicacies such as saag paneer (spinach and paneer in an onion-tomato gravy), stir-fried paneer with bell peppers, and the more indulgent shahi paneer, which is cooked with cream.

All of these and many more exciting recipes can be tried and mastered at home. The first step is to learn how to make your own paneer. Let me tell you the simplest way to do this:

What you need:

  • 1 liter milk (~1 quart)
  • Juice of one or two lemons

What you do:

1. Bring the milk to a boil.

2. When it rises to the top of the pan, reduce the heat and gradually add the lemon juice into it, stirring constantly. The milk will separate from the whey. Keep adding lemon juice till the whey is a clear green.

3. Strain the milk through a double-layered cheesecloth to drain out the whey. You can knead chapati dough with the whey or use it to boil lentils/riceóit is full of nutrients.

4. Knot up the milk solids in the cheesecloth and press down with a heavy weight (a heavy pot should do), to get fresh, solid paneer. This takes just about 30 minutes. You can cut it up and use it in an amazing variety of ways.

Here is my favorite paneer recipe. Delicious and super-healthy, too!

Saag Paneer (Spinach and Paneer in Masala Gravy)

Wash, chop and boil 4 big cups of spinach leaves.† Puree them in a blender with a little fresh ginger root, 6 to 8 cloves of garlic, and a green chilli.

In a pan, fry Ĺ cup of finely chopped onions and Ĺ cup finely chopped tomatoes in a little olive oil, mustard oil,rec or ghee. Add the pureed spinach and continue to cook for a few minutes. Add 1 cup of cubed paneer, toss well, and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another couple of minutes, then switch off the gas.

Enjoy hot, with freshly cooked chapatis, tortillas or whole-wheat toast.† Iím sure it will be love at first bite!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:11AM PST on Jan 23, 2015

Thanks for shaing

2:05PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

YUM! i want to try that!!!

2:57AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

good to know!

4:30AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Cool seems so simple.

9:55PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

You learn something every day :)

9:41PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Maybe might try.

10:18AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

now i know. cool.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Looks like this would be tasty and delightful! Will certainly give this a try. So many fascinating things to try out.

Had commented earlier but got a Care2 is under Maintenance blurb so am not sure if my previous comment ended up in cyberspace...will have to try out this recipe.

10:35AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Sounds good.

9:02PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Great tip, thanks.

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