Home Made Indian Cheese
Time to Prepare: 30minutes but you have to set it overnight to use.
Serving: 6 people
- 1 Gallon Vitamin D Milk ( You can opt for Skim Milk as well)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup vinegar (white)
- 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.
- 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.