Paneer: Soft and rich Indian cheese. Image: Supplied.

Paneer – Make your own luxurious Indian cheese at home

Make your own Indian cheese with a few super easy steps.


Paneer: Soft and rich Indian cheese. Image: Supplied.

Ever had paneer with an Indian dish? It may sound complicated to make your own cheese but this recipe is really incredibly simple.

What is paneer? It is a luxurious, soft and delicious Indian cheese, usually served in curry gravy with a side of roti or naan. It is the perfect light, spongy, cheese and best of all, it’s so easy to make. It is just the accompaniment you need when cooking Indian cuisine.

You can buy paneer at certain shops but there is no reason why you should not try to make it yourself at home. You may just become the queen cheese maker in your neighbourhood with a few easy steps.

This recipe uses six tablespoons of lemon juice with the milk to curdle the milk and start the cheesemaking process. However, you can also use vinegar instead of lemon juice. Bear in mind that vinegar has a stronger flavour which may linger in the paneer.

Paneer recipe

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Recipe by Dirnise Britz Course: SidesCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 8 cups 8 full-cream milk

  • 6 tablespoons 6  lemon juice


  • On medium heat, add the milk to a heavy bottom pot. When the milk comes to a boil turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. The milk will curdle and separate, give it five minutes to settle.
  • Place the cheese or muslin cloth in a strainer and empty the pot into it. Drain the curdled milk and squeeze out as much water as possible by ringing the cloth around the curd.
  • When drained, place a heavy object on top of the cloth with the curd in it. Leave undisturbed for one hour.
  • Unwrap the cheese gently, then cut it into cubes and it is ready to use.


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