Ive never made paneer before at home fearing how it will turn out.But when I made my paneer at home I realised how easy it was and Iam never gonna go back to store bought paneer.These paneer cubes were made from low fat milk.
Low fat/2 % milk - 6 cups
Lemon juice - 4 tablespoon
Colander lined with cheese cloth
Pan filled with water used as weight.
Heat milk in a thick bottomed vessel on a medium-high flame.Keep stirring intermittently to keep it burning in the bottom.
When milk starts to boil,add 2 tablespoon of lemon juice to the milk and switch of the flame.Stir it.Then add another 2 tablespoon of lemon juice and stir.By this time the milk will start to curdle.If it hasn't,you can add 1 or more tablespoon of lemon juice.
The milk solids will start to separate and you will get a clear yellowish/greenish liquid which is called the whey.
|Milk solids separated from the whey|
Pour the contents into the cheesecloth lined colander.Rinse it with cold water to get rid of lemon smell.
Gather the ends of the cheese cloth and make it as a bundle and squeeze to remove extra water.
Tie it and hang it for about 30 minutes and allow it to drain.
|Bundle tied for the water to drain|
Now wrap the paneer and fold the cheesecloth on all the four ends like a square making sure the ends does not crumble.Place weight over for about 1 hour.I used a pan filled with water.
Then refrigerate the block for about 2 hours.It will become firm.Cut into cubes .Use immediately or store the cubes and use the next day.