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How to Make homemade Paneer in 30 Minutes

Step by step instructions, pictures and video for making fresh homemade paneer in minutes. Perfect for all your paneer recipes, palak paneer, paneer tikka, matar paneer or paneer do pyaza. All you need is two ingredients to make this fresh unsalted Indian cottage cheese
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Course: basic
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Paneer
Cook Time: 10 minutes
20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • /.1 litre Full Fat Milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice


  • Bring milk to roaring boil and reduce heat to lowest.
  • Add lemon juice or vinegar and stir with a spoon.
  • Allow it to stand 1 minutes.
  • The milk will start to split. Stir it once.
  • In 2-3 minutes milk will curdle completely and whey and cheese curd cheese separate.
  • Switch off the heat now.
  • Place a muslin cloth or cheese cloth over another big vessel. Pour this mix over and allow it to strain for few minutes.
  • Paneer is ready to use now.
  • To shape it into market like block for perfect slicing, fold over the edges and place a heavy object over it for 10 minutes.
  • Now you can use this paneer to make your favorite dishes.
  • The whey is also quite nutritious and protein rich, so do not throw it.
  • you can use it for knead dough, add it while making curries, dal or soups.


Now add lemon juice to curdle it. The curds will separate from whey.
Now remove the pan from stove and pour the contents in a strainer or cheesecloth which is placed on a large vessel and drain the whey. Do not throw away the whey (its is very nutritious) as you can use it to knead dough for softer Chapati or add to any curry in place of water.
After all the water is drained remove the Paneer from the strainer and keep it on a flat plate and cover with another and place something heavy on it. After 20 minutes cut pieces and use as desired.