Paneer, a mild, no-fail cheese is great for beginners and fun to make with kids but it’s so delicious and versatile that advanced cheese makers and cooks around the world love it.
It is unique because though it softens, it doesn’t really melt. Paneer actually absorbs seasonings and sauces that surround it. This makes it a perfect tasty additions to curries, pasta dishes, saucy enchiladas, kabobs and any recipe that calls for tofu or chicken. With this simple recipe you can make it in less than an hour!
1 gallon milk
2 tsp citric acid or 8 tbsp lemon juice- no acid or water
(to purchase citric acid or a complete Paneer and Queso Blanco Kit visit our SHOP.)
2 tsp Cheese salt (to taste)
Large pot- at least 6 quart
Butter Muslin (fine cheesecloth)
Large Slotted spoon
YIELD- 1 ¾ to 2lbs.
Step 1- Measure the citric acid into 1 cup of cool water and stir. Let it sit and dissolve.
Step 2- Heat the milk in your pot stirring often to prevent scorching at the bottom. Heat until you see foam and steam (190˚F). Do not allow to boil.
Step 3- Turn the heat to low, before the foam subsides, drizzle in the citric acid solution in and watch the magic! Cook for 1 minute, stirring gently.
Step 4- Remove from the heat and continue to stir gently. The curds are white and the whey should be yellowish green. If the whey is whitish, sprinkle a pinch more citric acid in the pot.
Step 5- Once you get a clear separation of curds and whey, let the pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.
Step 6- Pour the curds into a colander lined with cheesecloth. Gently twist the top of the cloth to squeeze out extra whey. This is the time to add salt or optional herbs for savory dishes.
Step 7- Rest the bundle in the colander, cover the curds with the cloths corners and place a plate and a weight (such as a gallon of water) on top and press for ½ hour-1 hour.
Step 8- Unwrap the cheese and refrigerate in a covered container for maximum firmness. You can cut it, cook with it, eat it as is and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Try browning a small piece in a little olive oil, salt and pepper…yum!
Oh! You can also make sweet cheese desserts using Paneer (check out the Ras Malai videos on our home page ‘World Cheese Tour’ or go to YouTube and search for Ras Malai)