Classic paneer



2 Cups

Classic paneer

Classic paneer. (Photo, Ryan Szulcs.)


  • 2 L 0.0325 milk , at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice


  • Lay a 10 × 10-in. square piece of double-layer cheesecloth in a medium strainer or colander over a large bowl.
  • Pour milk into a large, very wide saucepan and heat over medium-high. Stir often until milk comes to a gentle boil, about 9 min. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in lemon juice. Stir continuously until milk curdles and milky-white curds float to the surface. The liquid whey will turn a yellowish colour. When milk is completely curdled, slowly pour mixture into the cheesecloth-lined strainer. When the liquid has drained, press cheese gently with the back of a spoon for 30 sec. Squeeze gently and gather up corners of cloth to cover paneer. Flatten into a disc and press down with a heavy bowl in the strainer. Let drain for 30 min. Remove from cloth and wrap in plastic wrap. Keeps well, refrigerated, up to 1 week.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 214,
  • Protein
  • 14 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g,
  • Fat
  • 16 g,
  • Sodium
  • 15 mg.

Switch It Up!

Mouth-watering variations

Add 1/3 cup soy sauce, 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds and 1 tsp dark sesame oil to curds before draining. Cube and add to stir-fries.

Add 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1/4 tsp hot red-pepper flakes to curds before draining. Cut into strips and add to salads.

Add 1 tsp cinnamon to curds before draining. Cube and sprinkle with golden raisins and brown sugar.

3 Ways To Use It:

Saag Paneer
Pan-fry 1 cup cubed paneer in 2 tbsp butter over medium until golden. Remove, then add 1/8 tsp cumin seeds, 1 chopped onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger and 1/2 tsp garam masala. Cook until onion is soft and fragrant. Add 8 cups packed, thinly shredded spinach. Cook until soft, 1 min. Pour in 3/4 cup half-and-half cream. Return paneer to pan and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt. Cook until liquid is almost absorbed. Stir in 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Protein-Packed Sandwich
Mash 1 cup crumbled paneer with 2 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill and 1 tsp each Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Use in a sandwich with sliced cucumber and lettuce.

Savoury Salad
Marinate paneer cubes in salad dressing and refrigerate up to a week. Use as a salad garnish.