homemade paneer, how to make paneer at home
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How to make Paneer at home

There is a reason why paneer is called 'cottage cheese'; it is the simplest cheese to make at home. You only need milk, lemon juice/ vinegar or yogurt and a piece of muslin cloth. Just everyday ingredients and kitchen stuff to make delicious soft paneer at home.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Basic Ingredient
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 147kcal


  • 1 ltr full fat organic milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice , (or vinegar)


  • In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, bring the milk to a boil.
  • Immediately add lemon juice or vinegar and continue to boil on low flame. Stir continuously till the milk curdles and separates from the whey (the water left from the milk).
    (Even if the milk has split on its own on boiling, add lemon juice to ensure that all the protein is extracted.)
  • The whey would become yellowish green, which means there is no more protein left. 
  • Using a thick strainer, drain the whey and tie the curds up in muslin cloth tightly to squeeze out more whey. Place the tied muslin cloth under a heavy weight like a pot of water or a heavy mortar pestle for 10-15 mins, so that all the water drains away. You can also hang it at a height.
    How to make soft cottage cheese at home, paneer recipe


  • Don't discard the whey. Use it in your curries or dals or to knead dough for breads.
  • Milk which is split using lemon juice or vinegar will produce a firmer paneer while that split naturally because of being kept for long will produce a softer crumbly paneer.
  • Immerse the paneer in water and refrigerate to keep fresh for 1-2 days or freeze it.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.9g | Protein: 7.8g | Fat: 7.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g