How To Make Paneer Using Cow’s Milk


How To Make Paneer Using Cow’s Milk

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Paneer or cottage cheese is a type of fresh cheese that’s believed to have originated in the Indian sub-continent.

It is used widely in Indian, oriental, continental and other cuisines because of its irresistibly soft mouth-feel, comforting flavour and versatility.

This yummy cheese is also gifted with a great nutritional profile. Notably, it is rich in protein and calcium !

Paneer can be made easily at home, and this homemade paneer not only tastes much better but is also more economical than store-bought ones.

When making paneer at home try to use cow’s milk because paneer made from cow’s milk is lower in fat compared to that made of buffalo milk.

You can use this homemade paneer in various forms like cubed, crumbled or grated, to make subzis, Parathas, mithai, and more!

Enjoy how to make Paneer Using Cow’s Milk with detailed step by step photos below.

How To Make Paneer Using Cow’s Milk recipe - How to make How To Make Paneer Using Cow’s Milk

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 2.25 cups
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Ingredients


For Paneer Using Cow’s Milk
2 ltrs cow’s milk
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Method
For paneer using cow’s milk

    For paneer using cow’s milk
  1. Put the milk to boil in a large pan, while stirring occasionally.
  2. When it starts boiling, add the lemon juice gradually, while stirring gently to curdle the milk.
  3. Once the milk has curdled, switch off the flame and wait for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain it using a muslin cloth. Discard or store the whey.
  5. Place the muslin cloth with the chenna in a bowl of fresh water and wash it 2 to 3 times.
  6. If you want solid paneer, place the paneer into the muslin cloth in a 125 mm. (5”) paneer mould or any mould. Press it with a lid and put a water filled jar or bowl on it to get the pressure.
  7. Alternatively, use a colander and put the paneer (along with the muslin cloth) into it. Put approx. 1 kg of weight on a plate and place this over the paneer.
  8. Remove the paneer from the muslin cloth and after 1 to 2 hours.
  9. Cut into even sized cubes gently using a sharp knife use as required.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per cups paneer cube
Energy1628 cal
Protein43.2 g
Carbohydrates64.2 g
Fiber0.9 g
Fat55.1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium974.3 mg
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Other Paneer Recipes:

  1. Paneer or cottage cheese is a soft cheese which is used to make an array of Indian recipes ranging from starters, main course, desserts to accompaniments. If you like this Paneer recipe, you can also try out other recipes using Paneer from our website:

Health benefits of Paneer:

  1. Paneer or cottage cheese is rich in healthy nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. It is a good source of vitamin A and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids which help in fighting and preventing rheumatoid arthritis and other bone problems. Paneer must be included in growing children’s diet at least once or twice week. (Adults with hypertension and heart diseases should avoid Paneer because it has a high sodium content and is also high in calories.) Read more about the health benefits of Paneer.
  2. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids which help in fighting and preventing rheumatoid arthritis and other bone problems. Paneer must be included in growing children’s diet at least once or twice week. (Adults with hypertension and heart diseases should avoid Paneer because it has a high sodium content and is also high in calories.) Read more about the health benefits of Paneer.

To make Paneer using cow's milk

  1. To make the paneer using cow's milk, rinse a deep non-stick pan with ¼ cup of water and quickly simmer it for 2-3 minutes. This will prevent milk from scorching as the water forms a protective layer between the pan and milk. This is generally done in stainless steel pans but, if you have an old non-stick pan it is advisable to make this extra effort to prevent the milk from getting burnt.
  2. Rotate the pan in a clockwise motion, so the water spreads evenly in the pan. Discard the water and pour 2 liters of cow's milk. 
  3. Boil the milk on a medium-high flame. This would take around 8-10 minutes.
  4. Stir it occasionally to avoid the cow's milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan or browning. It is always better to use a wooden flat spoon because:
    • It doesn’t get heated up easily.
    • If u place it horizontally over the vessel in such a way that it touches 2 opposite edges, it will prevent the milk from falling off the edges of the pan after the milk is boiled.
  5. We will assemble the strainer while the milk is boiling,. Take a bowl and place a strainer on top of it.
  6. Arrange a muslin cloth or clean cheesecloth, thin napkin over it. Keep aside.
  7. When it come to a boil, switch off the flame and wait for 1 minute. The milk should be boiling hot before you add the acidic substance to speed up the process of curdling and to prevent the Paneer from becoming grainy.
  8. Add the lemon juice gradually, while stirring gently and wait for 2 minutes. Always add the acid (lemon juice or vinegar) only after the milk has boiled completely. 
  9. Stir the milk and check if the milk has curdled completely.
  10. If the milk has not curdled, add more acid. But, if you add too much of acid the Paneer will become tough.  The quantity of the acidic agent is purely judgemental .  You can even make paneer recipe at home by curdling cow's milk using Yogurt, Buttermilk or Citric Acid.
  11. Let it stand for a few seconds. Once the milk has curdled completely, it will look like this. The greenish watery whey gets separated. 
  12. Strain using a clean muslin cloth. You can add some ice cubes so that the process of curdling stops quickly and the Paneer is not grainy or tough.
  13. Fold all the 4 sides of the muslin cloth and twirl it gently so that all the whey that is in the milk solids gets evenly drained out. Paneer turns soft when the curdled milk is not boiled further. Overcooking will result into hard and chewy paneer. 
  14. Wash it under running water. It is very important to wash the curdled milk properly to remove the acidic traces while preparing paneer at home.
  15. Or you can even place the muslin cloth with the chenna in a bowl of fresh water and wash it 2 to 3 times.
  16. The crumbled paneer which we have right now is also known as chenna in the eastern parts of India and is the precursor of many traditional Indian mithais like Rasogulla, Chenna payesh, Rasmalai, etc
  17. The discarded whey water can be used to make whey soup which is a rich source of protein.
  18. Give a proper shape to the paneer with your hand.
  19. Fold it from right and left side.
  20. Now, fold it from top and bottom portion. Press it lightly.
  21. Take a bowl and place the colander over it.
  22. Place the shaped paneer over it.
  23. Put a plate over it. The plate is kept so that the weight is evenly distributed.
  24. If you feel that your Chenna is too soft or if you want to speed up the process you can put some weight(about 1 kg) on top of the lid. Keeping too much weight will make the paneer dense and rubbery. 
  25. After 1 hour, the Cow Milk Paneer will look like this. 
  26. Remove from muslin cloth and place it upside down on a plate. You will see a smooth surface on top.
  27. Cut the Cow milk Paneer into even sized cubes or grate it/crumble it and use as required. Avoid deep frying to prevent the paneer from becoming dry and rubbery.

How to make Cow milk Paneer using a mould

  1. After step 20, take a 125 mm (5”) paneer mould or any mould and place the paneer into it. Press it with a lid and put a water filled jar or bowl on it to get the pressure.
  2. Remove the paneer from the muslin cloth and after 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Cut the Paneer into even sized cubes or grate/crumble it. Be gentle and use a sharp knife if you are cutting the Paneer into cubes so that they dont break. Use as required.

Tips for storing paneer:

  1. Homemade paneer is more hygenic, fresh. To store paneer, place it in enough water in an air-tight container and keep it refrigerated. Submerging Paneer in water will prevent it from becoming dry. Use it within 2-3 days. 
  2. Alternatively,if you store paneer directly in an air-tight container, then you can even submerge paneer in warm water after removing from the refrigerator.

Reviews

How To Make Paneer Using Cow’s Milk
 on 24 Feb 18 04:58 PM
5

Now i have founf the method the paneer right way.. thank you for the step by step instructions.. it has helped me lot.. to make it..