Homemade Paneer Indian Cheese

Homemade Paneer Indian Cheese


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Paneer is an essential ingredient in Indian cooking. People often substitute ricotta, but the taste is decidedly not paneer and the real deal is so easy to make. With this simple recipe, you'll give true Indian authenticity to all your dishes.

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  • 4 C. milk
  • 1 Tbs. plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

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Combine the milk, yogurt, salt and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk. As the milk is just about to boil it will bubble at the edges, stir in the lemon juice. Remove from the heat and pour into a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Lift the cheesecloth by the four corners and tie them together. Hang the cheese in the cloth over the sink to drain for 360 minutes. Once drained, place the cheese, still in the cloth, into a bowl weighted with a heavy object and refrigerate until ready to use.

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