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How To Make Paneer | One Dish Kitchen
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How To Make Paneer

A favorite ingredient in many Indian recipes, Paneer is easy to make at home. See how to make Paneer with step-by-step instructions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Cheese
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cheese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • cheesecloth
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)


  • Line a colander with a large double layer of cheesecloth and place it in the sink.
  • Add the milk to a large pot and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Stir frequently to avoid burning the bottom.
  • Pour in the lemon juice and reduce the heat to low. You should immediately see the milk curds. Using a spoon, gently guide the curds to the center of the pot, making sure they don't break up.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and carefully pour the contents into the cheesecloth lined colander. Gently rinse with cool water and squeeze out any excess water (whey).
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt to the curds and stir very gently.
  • Grab the ends of the cheesecloth and twist the ball of cheese to squeeze out any additional water.
  • Place the ball of cheese onto a large round plate and set another plate on top. Weigh the second plate down with a few cans of beans or something similar.
  • Place the plate of cheese in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.


Serving: 0.5cup cubed | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 659mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 551mg | Iron: 0.1mg