Homemade Paneer

A good source of protein, paneer (cottage cheese) is a versatile ingredient of vegetarian cooking. It is used for making salads, desserts, sabzis, pulao, paratha and so on.  If you have paneer handy, you can rustle up quite a few dishes using it. So, here is how you can easily make cottage cheese at home.


1.5 litre milk (doodh)
3 to 4  tbsp lemon juice (nimbu ka ras)

Homemade Paneer


  • Boil the milk in a large pan stirring occasionally.
  • When it starts boiling, add the lemon juice. Keep stirring.
  • The milk will start curdling.
  • Once the milk has curdled, place a strainer over a vessel and strain the curdled milk.
  • Pour water over it ( 2 to 3 times ) and rinse to remove the sourness of lemon juice.
  • This is crumbled paneer. 
  • If you want solid paneer, place the paneer in the muslin cloth.
  • Fold the cloth firmly and place heavy weight over it.
  • The paneer will be set in 30 minutes. Remove  paneer from the muslin cloth and cut into cubes.
  • You can use this paneer to make any paneer dish of your choice.


From 1.5 litre milk, I got 239 grams of paneer.



Further, I would like to draw your attention to some of the paneer recipes. Do have a look.

Paneer Bhurji with corn and capsicum, Chana Paneer salad, Matar Paneer, Paneer Tikka Kathi Rolls, Palak Paneer, Paneer Grilled sandwich, Paneer Paratha, Oats Corn & Paneer Cutlets, Paneer stuffed green peas paratha.