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

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