Homemade Indian Cheese

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Home Made Indian Cheese

Time to Prepare: 30minutes but you have to set it overnight to use.

Serving: 6 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 Gallon Vitamin D Milk ( You can opt for Skim Milk as well)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup vinegar (white)

Directions:

  • Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy bottomed pan  with a spatula in it as it prevents the milk from getting burnt.
  •  Mix water  and white vinegar in a cup and add in the milk when you notice that the milk is rising and boiling.
  • Stir gently until a white curd in lumps forms, and separates from the yellowish whey.
  • Drain the curd through a small colander and gently extract the water by gently pressing on top of the cheese with a heavy weight cup.
  • Let it set for 2 hrs and remove the cheese from the colander and wrap in clear wrap and place in fridge for overnight.  Make sure you shape the cheese in a round or square shape depending on your colander and it should be at least 2 inches thick or slightly more.
  • Next day it should be formed in a round brick. Cut the cheese into small squares.
  • Another option is to drain the curd into a cheese cloth.
  • Tie a knot on the cheese cloth after all the curd is placed in it and gently extract the water by gently pressing around the cheese cloth.
  • Hang the cheese cloth over the sink faucet and let it set for about 2 hrs.
  • Remove the cheese from the cloth and wrap it in clear wrap.  Try and shape it so that it’s round or square and about 2 inches thick.
  • Place the cheese in the fridge for overnight and the next day cut the cheese into small squares.

Tips:

  • As the milk is boiling you can add full cumin seeds ( 1 tablespoon), or 1 bunch of finely chopped fresh coriander.  This just gives the cheese an extra flavor.
  • You can use the Paneer for cooking or you can freeze it in a container or zip lock bag for future use.  If you decide to freeze the Paneer then make sure you defrost it before using it in your dish.
  • You can find the Indian Cheese Colander in Indian Grocery Stores.  It should be about 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height.  I have provided you with a picture of the Colander.

Indian Cheese Colander

About Sunita Bagai

I was born in Malawi Africa, grew up there and moved to the United States for my continuing education. I got my BA and Masters from Golden Gate University, in SF. I got married and moved to Virginia. I've been married 14 years and I have two beautiful daughters who make my life complete. I love to cook and now that both my girls are in school full time, and with my husband's enthusiastic support, I'm following my passion and am offering cooking classes to share my cooking ideas with the world.

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