Nothing beats the fresh homemade paneer. It is very easy to make and tastes absolutely good.
It is a very easy process, and once you get used to this, I bet you are never going to buy store bought one again!
What you need:
Milk : 2 Liters (I used 3.9 % fat)
Lemon : 1
You will also need :
Soft Muslin Cloth
Some heavy object to press down the paneer
Bring milk to boil, in a heavy bottomed pan, stirring occasionally to ensure that it does not burn or form skin.
When it just starts boiling, add 3 tbsp of fresh lime juice.
The milk solids start curdling, and cheese separates from whey. If the two are not split completely add two more tablespoons of lime juice.
Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth/ muslin cloth.
Wash the curdles, by running it through cold water to remove the lemon taste.
Tie up the cheesecloth in a tight bundle and let it drain for about 30 minutes.
Place the cheese cloth bundle on a flat surface. Fold the cloth into a nice round shape, and place a heavy object like a clean brick or a big flat bottomed pan filled with water. This will press down the cheese.
Leave it for a hour or two, and then store the block of cheese in refrigerator. This remains fresh for about 1 week.
More the fat content in the milk, the better 🙂
You can even use Vinegar instead of Lemon juice.