Homemade Paneer

Paneer is a good source of protein and has many nutritive values. Soft and fresh paneer can be prepared at home with just 2 ingredients and is very soft and tastes better than the one available at shops.

Try this at home and enjoy !!!

Ingredients (makes 200 gms)

Cooking time – 10 mins
Resting time – 30 mins
  • Full fat milk – 1 litre
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp


  • In a pan, boil milk in medium flame.
  • Stir occasionally to prevent malai formation and also from milk sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the milk boils and starts to raise, switch off the flame.
  • Add the lemon juice and mix.
  • Wait for the whey to separate.
  • Stir once or twice to check if all of the milk is curdled.
  • If it’s not fully curdled, you can slightly warm the milk and add some more lemon juice.
  • Let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Place a cotton / muslin cloth over a colander and drain the whey to separate the paneer.
  • Wash in running water.
  • Tie the cloth tight to squeeze water. You can use a light weight / palms to gently squeeze out water.
  • Place a light weight on top and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the knot and cut the paneer to desire shape and size.
  • 1 litre of milk yields around 200 gms of fresh paneer.

Fresh, soft and healthy homemade paneer is ready. You can use it in many other recipes.

Key Points

  • Don’t squeeze hard as it can cause the paneer to crumble and make it hard too.
  • Whey can be used to prepare chapati dough, in gravies and fruit and vegetable juices.
  • You can refrigerate and use the paneer for 2 days.

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