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By: Lata Anand of Santa Clara, US

Indian Cottage Cheese

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Serves 4 people

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  • ½ Gallon (about 4 liters) of whole Milk
  • White vinegar (as much as needed) or Lemon juice (as much as needed)


Don't try to make skimmed paneer using non-fat milk. Less fat in milk will give paneer a crumbling texture and will not hold into shape.


  1. Heat milk and stir constantly to prevent a layer of cream from forming on the top.
  2. Bring it to boil.
  3. Slowly add white vinegar or lemon juice. This sours the milk.
  4. If the milk does not curdle add a little more of vinegar or lemon juice.
  5. When the milk is completely curdled, strain it through a muslin cloth or a double layer of cheese cloth and squeeze out the whey (liquid).
  6. Hang to drip dry for 2-3 hours. Cut it into whatever shape you like.
  7. To store paneer for longer time, you can deep fry it to a brown and store in freezer in a freezer bag.

Latest Comments

By Mita Chopra on 7/11/2009 12:42:00 AM

While the milk is boiling you can add one cup of curd & 1/2 cup malai & a little vinegar. The paneer comes out very soft. I use the whey for in kneading the dough for roti, making rasam, punjabi kadhi.

By Lata Anand on 7/6/2009 6:40:00 PM

yes you can use pasteurized/homogenized milk.

By Misty on 7/6/2009 6:45:00 AM

Can you use pasteurized/homogenized milk from the the supermarket for this recipe?

By lakshmi srinivas on 7/2/2008 7:21:00 AM

the whey that is cooled to room temp. can also be used for mixing atta instead of water.you get very smooth dough with it.

By Aparna on 7/1/2008 7:58:00 PM

I can understand your concern in not wasting the whey. The whey has all the nutrients. I would use the whey for soups or the base of any daal/curry etc. Hope this helps.

By k v chandrasekaran on 7/1/2008 4:20:00 AM

can some one tell us what to do with the whey without wasting it

By Nirmala on 3/3/2008 11:56:00 PM

you can also use curd to curdle milk as it will increase the quantity of paneer as well as make it softer too

By sobia on 8/27/2006 10:50:00 PM

can i use this paneer to make palak paneer n can i store i the fridge without frying it?????? it in the frigde


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