Thursday, 12 March 2009


Raana auntie my younger sister's mother in law most creative person I've met of her age after mumma. Her creativity most definitely reminds me of my mumma in a lot of ways. She thought me unconscious way that lots of simple things can give you joy in life. The first time we went to her place she had made paneer as a part of salad. she served us with the simplest of lunches ever that i was not used to. Mumma always had everything so very grand even if it was having someone over friends for coffee morning or just simple tea in the evening. So to have simple meals at a lunch parties was such a new idea to me. The best thing about this cheese is that its the healthiest form of cheese not much to worry about weight gain. you can have this cheese in lots of flavours when you make it your self like when you add salt you can also add chives, coriander, mint, or dried herbs like sage,oregano,even roughly grounded chillies or other spices basically anything really to suit your taste buds,but if using in recipes to cook like in palak paneer then just keep it simple with salt and a bit of black pepper. Would like to thank Raana auntie for sharing her recipe with us its been now seven -eight years now that we've known her and her recipe. Every time I've made it, we have enjoyed it thoroughly as much as i did the first time i had it ever. Hope you will enjoy and treasure this recipe as I have done for all these years...!
  • 1 Litre Whole Milk
  • 1/4 Lemon's Juice
  • Salt To Taste
  • 1/4 tsp Ground black pepper


  1. Add milk to a pan and on gentle heat bring to boil.
  2. Now add the lemon juice to the milk.
  3. Once the milk starts to curdle add salt and pepper.
  4. Mix gently once.
  5. Remove from heat and strain in a metallic sieve.
  6. Leave for an hour of so before turning it out into the plate.
  7. When straining you can shape it into desired shape but using the sieve is the easiest way of doing it.

    When you want to have it for salads you can make it fresh but if desired to make it for frying or using it in dishes like palak paneer make it a day before. This helps the cheese to keep its shape when frying, and makes it easier to serve without breaking. If you like you could use yogurt also to curdle the milk its much more creamier that way. For that use about 2 tsp of yogurt.I hope you will enjoy having healthy paneer as much as we all have for the last couple of years, thanks to Raana auntie. Its also a good way of teaching your kids how to make cheese at home and get them involved in the kitchen...enjoy healthy meals always...:)

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