Paneer ~ Fresh Cheese ~ South Asian style

When I lived in Geneva for a while, many years ago, I had an Indian (South Asian) neighbour who taught me how to make Paneer (fresh cheese).  It was so easy that it actually astounded me.  Since then, I have enjoyed making my own Paneer, knowing exactly what kind of milk I’ve used and what else I’ve added.

My basic ingredients are always 1 gal of fresh whole milk, ½ cup of fresh lemon juice and pinch of sea salt. Put the milk in a steel pot and gently heat till slow-simmer, constantly stirring to make sure the bottom doesn’t burn.

Milk in a pot; add lemon juice.

Milk slow simmering in a pot; add lemon juice.

The milk will then curdle.

The milk will then curdle.

Pour curdled mixture into a muslin bag or sieve.

Pour curdled mixture into a muslin bag or sieve.

Squeeze out the liquid (which whey) and you will get Paneer.

Squeeze out the liquid (which is whey) and you will get Paneer.

Press Paneer into a plastic container for shape and to harden a little.

Press Paneer into a plastic container for shape and to harden a little, then leave it in the refrigerator for an hour.

Whey ~ nutritious for pets and human beings.

Whey ~ nutritious for pets and human beings.

I used to give Whey to my pets who would lick their bowls dry.  But now without pets, I refrigerate this and use it when making curries, stews, sauces, etc.

Some companies use this to make Whey Protein Powder as a bodybuilding supplement. (Rest assured I consume this not to build any part of my anatomy.)

I usually cut the chilled and slightly hardened Paneer into patty sizes then brown them a little in a flat pan.

Pan Brown Paneer

Pan Browned Paneer

They are so good, I can just eat them with tomatoes on toast!! But today I decided to put them in Spinach Curry, my form of Palak Paneer.

Palak Paneer (without pureeing the spinach)

Palak Paneer (without pureeing the spinach)

I love this dish BUT when I’m in a hurry and need some “fast food”, Asian style, I open the packaged version, which is also delicious.

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One response to “Paneer ~ Fresh Cheese ~ South Asian style

  1. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing this 😀 Paneer is one of my favorite foods and it has been so long since I have eaten it because it’s expensive and in regular supermarkets it’s non-existent! But now I can make my own!

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