So here is another delicious way to flavor your home made paneer. This will take your normal paneer recipes to a new level! I cooked matar paneer with this and it came out awesome.
Do give this a try and if you like it spicy add more green chillies. Nothing like getting a bite of chilli in every bite of paneer 🙂
Serves: 250-270 gm
- Whole Organic Milk - ½ Gallon (1.8L or 8 cups)
- Lemon juice / Vinegar - 4 tbsp
- Green chillies - 2 finely chopped
- Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
- Extras - Cheese or Muslin cloth, Large sieve or a colander, a big bowl, weights (anything heavy to set the cheese)
- Line the colander/sieve with the muslin/cheese cloth and place it over a large bowl to keep it ready.
- Pour the milk into a pot and bring it to a boil.
- Lower the heat to minimum and slowly add the lemon juice 1 tbsp at a time continuously stirring the mixture while keeping an eye out for the milk to curdle.
- As soon as the milk curdles and whey separates out remove the pot from the flame.
- The cheese is completely separated when you see the light green colored liquid called whey.
- Now add the green chillies and coriander leaves and stir.
- Pour the mixture onto the cheese cloth.
- Grab the ends of the cheese cloth and twist it into a ball and squeeze out the whey.
- Wash under running cold water to get rid of the lemon/vinegar in the cheese, all the while keeping the cheese cloth wrung tight so that the cheese does not pop out.
- Place the cheese still in the cheese cloth on an upside down plate. (Tip: Place the plate upside down on a tray so that the whey flows out and collects in the tray rather than getting soaked back into the cheese)
- Shape the cheese (any shape of your choice - we choose it to be round) and place heavy weights on top. A juicer or a heavy mortar or a heavy can works well.
- The cheese should set in about 3-4 hours.
- Once set remove the paneer from the cheese cloth and wrap it in a cling film and refrigerate. Refrigeration would make cutting the paneer easier.
- Paneer stays fresh for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.