How to make Paneer at home

Making fresh paneer at home is a great idea ! 
  • Boil 2 lts of milk in a thick bottomed pan, for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Dilute the juice of one large lemon in 3-4 spoons water, and pour it on the boiled milk.
  • The milk will immediately separate into water and fat.
  • Keep stirring for around 5 more minutes.
  • Now take a large bowl, and place a muslin cloth over the mouth of the bowl.
  • Slowly pour the milk on the cloth, such that the water ultimately goes into the bowl through the cloth, and fat gets collected in the cloth.
  • Now carefully wash the fat collected in the cloth with cold running water for around a minute, so as to cleanse the sour taste of lemon.
  • After a while,when the fat cools down, carefully hold the ends of the cloth together, and make it into a bag; and then squeeze the excess water out of the fatty deposit.
  • Take the fat in a plate, and shape it using a spatula.
  • Now place a heavy object on it for around half an hour, to make the paneer firm and hard.
  • Paneer is ready, and now it can be either cubed for using it in gravies or pulav, or shredded or grated for using in parathas or burji.

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