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Homemade Malai Paneer – Soft & Fresh Cottage Cheese Recipe
Are you tired of eating the store brought paneer? Do you wish to make fresh homemade soft and silky paneer, then this is the recipe for you. These homemade Malai Paneer are so soft and spongy made with full fat milk and cream. Rich and delicious and very easy to make.
Prep Time
3.5hours
Cook Time
15minutes
Prep Time
3.5hours
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place a heavy bottom vessel over medium flame. Add milk and warm the milk over high flame. Add the cream, stir the milk at intervals and bring the milk to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl dissolve the citric acid in water for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Once the milk comes to a boil lower the heat and continue to simmer for further 5 minutes. Turn off the flame and allow the milk to cool. Add 250 ml of ice cold water to the milk and stir.
  4. Add the citric acid, little at a time and continue to curdle the milk. You will see small lumps forming and the milk will separate from the green whey.
  5. Add lots of ice cold water to cool the paneer. Place a strainer over a large bowl; place a muslin cloth over the strainer .Once done strain the paneer. Drain out the whey and water completely.
  6. Once done wash the paneer in ice cold water and then strain it once again. Squeeze out all the water.
  7. Place a perforated plate over a large bowl, place a ring mould and then place the paneer in the mould, and give it a good round shape. Place a heavy weight over the paneer. You can use a pan filled with water.
  8. Leave the paneer to drain for 2-3 hours. After that remove the paneer and its ready to be used. Serve paneer in various dishes.
Recipe Notes

Notes:

  • Cream makes the paneer softer.
  • For every litre of milk use 250ml of water.
  • Before you drain the water the curdle milk is called Chenna which has lots of moisture and once you drain all the water the set product is called Paneer.
  • Use paneer within 2 – 3days.

Tips:

  • Do not curdle the milk if it’s hot, if you curdle the milk while its hot then your paneer will become very hard.
  • Wash the paneer in cold water, or else it will taste sour.

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