How to Make Paneer | Homemade Paneer Recipe

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Learn how to make fresh paneer at home with only a few simple ingredients. This easy homemade paneer recipe creates the softest, most tender paneer cheese from scratch – with no preservatives or special additives needed.

paneer block halved and cut in cubes on a grey-black granite round board

I have been making paneer from scratch for many years, and cannot remember the last time I bought it in a store. Not only is homemade paneer more wholesome and fresh, it is actually cheaper to make than it is to buy.

With just a few key steps and tips you too can make the best tasty paneer in your own kitchen!

What is Paneer?

Also known as Indian cottage cheese, paneer is a fresh cheese made by adding a food-based acid to curdled milk. The resulting whey is strained and pressed in muslin cheesecloth, creating a firm block of delicious cheese.

Paneer does not require any fermenting or curing. And unlike many other kinds of cheese in the world, the making of paneer does not involve Rennet, and it is therefore completely vegetarian-friendly.

It is a firm, non-melting cheese that is unsalted, and has a pleasantly mild flavor. Paneer cheese is made in a similar way ricotta cheese is made.

Blocks of homemade paneer can be used to make a variety of tasty dishes, from pakora to curries – and is super yummy to eat by the slice on its own!

About Homemade Paneer

I learned how to make paneer decades back in my cooking school. It is a simple process that involves first boiling milk and curdling with a food acid, then pressing to form a firm cheese.

The curdled milk is strained and pressed in cheesecloth, and the whey is either discarded or reserved for later use.

After just 30 minutes you have a beautiful homemade block of fresh homemade paneer that’s ready to keep in the fridge or use in your favorite dishes.

5 food acids that curdle milk

  1. Lemon juice or lime juice: Adding lemon juice gives a soft and firm texture to your homemade paneer. For a litre of milk you could add about 2 to 4 teaspoons of lemon juice depending on the quality of milk.
  2. Vinegar: A firm and soft texture is also achieved by adding vinegar. Add about 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in 1 litre milk. With vinegar the milk curdles faster and quicker.
  3. Curd or yogurt: Fresh curd will give you more softer and moist paneer. You could add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of fresh curd or yogurt when making paneer recipe with 1 litre milk.
  4. Buttermilk: Using buttermilk also yields a soft as well as firm paneer cheese. Try adding 4 to 5 tablespoons of buttermilk in a litre of milk.
  5. Citric acid: I do not use citric acid as it create too firm of a cheese. But you can try it in combination with lemon juice or vinegar.
round block of homemade paneer on a white muslin with a serrated wooden knife at side on a black-grey granite board
Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Paneer

Boiling the Milk

1. First, rinse a large, heavy duty pot with water to ensure that it is completely clean. Add 1 litre (approximately 4 cups) of milk to the pot.

pouring milk in a steel saucepan

2. Then begin to heat the milk on a medium-low flame.

lit stovetop burner with the steel sauce pan on top

3. As the milk heats, stir occasionally so that a skin does not form on the surface and the milk does not burn on the bottom of the pot.

stirring milk with a steel spoon

4. Meanwhile, prep your workspace: Place a metal strainer or sieve over another large sauce pot. Then line the strainer with clean muslin or cheesecloth, or a cotton napkin.

You can line the pan directly with the muslin, but using a strainer is very helpful for avoiding messes.

strainer on top a bowl with a muslin  cloth on top of strainer to set paneer

5. Let the milk come to a boil, until it starts foaming and rising.

milk foaming and getting boiled to make paneer from scratch

Adding Food Acid

6. Now it’s time to add the one food acid of your choice:

  • Lemon juice – 2 to 4 teaspoons
  • Vinegar – 2 to 3 teaspoons
  • Buttermilk – 4 to 5 tablespoons
  • Curd – at least 3 to 4 tablespoons

The amount of acid needed will depend on the quality of milk used. More fat in the milk will require more food acid to make this paneer recipe.

For this batch of paneer I am using lemon juice as the acid. It’s my favorite for its mild flavor and freshest tasting cheese.

adding lemon juice

7. Stir in the lemon juice (or acid of choice). The milk will begin to curdle immediately.

split curdled milk with a spoon showing some of the coagulated milk particles

8. The milk must curdle completely before you can make paneer. Continue to stir the milk to help keep it from sticking to the pot.

milk curdled completely for making paneer

9. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons more of the food acid if it doesn’t seem to be curdling fully.

spoon showing the curdled milk

Making Homemade Paneer

10. After the milk has fully curdled completely and you see a greenish whey, switch off the heat. Then immediately pour the mixture into the lined strainer.

curdled milk poured on muslin cloth for making paneer cheese

11. Next, gather the edges of the cheesecloth – be careful, the coagulated milk mixture will be very hot. Lift the bundle and allow to drain until no longer dripping.

edges of muslin gathered and bundled with whey dripping from the bundle

12. With the ends tightly gathered, run clean, fresh water all over the cloth to rinse. This ensures that the lemon or vinegar flavors are also rinsed with the water. If you have used curd or buttermilk, then you do not need to follow this step.

rinsing the muslin bundle in fresh water

13. Tightly secure the ends of the cloth to keep the chenna wrapped, then place the bundle back in the strainer on a plate or over a clean bowl.

placing the bundle back in the strainer

14. You can either hang the bundle (on your kitchen basin faucet) or press to form the cheese. Hanging the bundle will require about an hour, and should be done over a bowl or in your kitchen sink. This method tends to produce a softer, more loose texture.

I prefer to make a firmer paneer cheese by pressing the whey out with an object that weighs at least 500-600 grams (or at least 1 pound). This method only requires 30 to 40 minutes and can be done in the strainer over a pan or bowl.

In the picture below I’ve used the mortar from my mortar and pestle set. You could even stack up with some plates.

a stone mortar kept on the bundle for setting paneer

15. After 30 to 40 minutes of pressing the paneer is ready. The longer it sits with the weight the firmer your cheese will be. So for a softer cheese be sure to take off the weight sooner rather than later.

Remove the weight and open the cloth. I used one litre (4 cups) of milk and therefore made roughly 200 grams, or 7 ounces, of homemade paneer.

paneer is set in the muslin that can be used for any paneer recipe

16. You now have a beautiful block of smooth and tender paneer cheese.

a round block of homemade paneer held with fingers

Storing and Using Paneer

17. Use the paneer right away to cook, or you can refrigerate it for later. To refrigerate, keep stored in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

paneer cheese placed in a steel container

18. The collected whey can be added to roti, rice or vegetable dishes. Keep reading for some great ideas of what to do with the whey!

green colored whey inside the strainer and bowl

19. When ready to use the paneer, slice it thin or chop into chunks – whatever your recipe calls for. Try your fresh homemade paneer to make your favorite Indian curries or you can check my category of Paneer Recipes for more ideas.

You could also make Kadai Paneer, Palak Paneer, Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Tikka, or any number of delicious recipes.

paneer cheese halved and cut in cubes on a grey-black granite round board

What to do with Leftover Whey

After pressing or hanging the paneer, you’ll have a greenish colored whey which is very rich in nutrients. You can discard this liquid, but I highly recommend you keep and use it for adding a healthy boost to a number of recipes. Easily refrigerate the whey for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

However, it should be noted that there will be a hint of flavor in the whey from whatever food acid agent is used. For example, if lemon juice has been used to curdle milk, there will be a bit of sourness in the whey and therefore any dish made with it.

Here are just a few ways to use the whey from the paneer-making process:

  1. Add nutrient-rich whey into the dough of breads like chapati, paratha, or any baked loaf of bread!
  2. Mix it into cake batters or cookie doughs.
  3. Include the whey in dals such as Dal Fry or Dal Tadka.
  4. Even Pulao and Biryani taste good with the whey added! If using to make veg biryani, add the whey in the vegetable gravy instead of water.
  5. Whey can be added raw into fruit smoothies, juices and even soups.
  6. It can also be added in any gravy or curry as a substitute for water.
  7. You can even make pasta based dishes with the whey!
  8. Because it is so rich in nutrients, you can even use it to nourish houseplants or garden plants! Simply cool and mix with water before watering your plants.

Expert Tips

Want to make sure your paneer is perfect every time? Be sure to follow my tips:

  1. Milk: For the tastiest paneer I recommend using full fat whole milk. Pasteurized or unpasteurized is fine, but it should be high quality for the best results. Do not use toned or skimmed milk for making paneer. Without lots of fat the paneer cheese will come out far too hard. Always use fresh milk that is not expired.
  2. Food acid: You can use any one of the four ingredients that coagulate the milk as mentioned above, but remember: each of these will add a hint of flavor to the paneer. Therefore use buttermilk or curd to make paneer with the most mild flavor.
  3. Cream: There is no need to remove any cream that you might see floating in the milk as it cooks. In fact, the natural cream present in the milk is what makes the paneer soft. Additionally you could add 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream in the milk before heating which will make for a more softer paneer.
  4. Simmering: Do not continue to boil the milk once it curdles completely. Immediately remove it from the heat and strain the milk. Otherwise, overcooking will yield an unpleasantly hard, crumbly cheese.
  5. Storing: Keep the paneer soft in the fridge by placing in a bowl and soaking the paneer block in water. If the paneer does become hard you can soak the block in warm water for a minute or two on the countertop.


How does paneer stay firm when it is added to curry or gravy recipes? My paneer becomes too soft and disintegrates.

Firstly use whole milk or full fat milk when making paneer recipe. Paneer made with toned milk or skimmed milk or low fat milk breaks while cooking and does not set well. Do make sure that you drain the whey very well. Keeping paneer in the fridge also helps to firm it.

For how long can I freeze paneer? Does it work well after defrosting?

Freeze paneer for a month or two. While defrosting keep the paneer in warm water or let it defrost at room temperature. Yes paneer does work well after defrosting.

Can I use this paneer recipe to make sweets like gulab jamun?

Yes, absolutely.

Even after adding lemon juice the milk is not curdling, help!

If there is more fat content in the milk, you will need to add more lemon juice to curdle it. So continue to add in parts and stir until you see that the entire milk has curdled.

Why my paneer is crumbly or granular?

If you continue to simmer the milk after it is curdled for some seconds or a minute, then the paneer becomes grainy and crumbly. Adding too much of lemon juice or vinegar will also make the paneer crumbly or granular.

What is the difference between chenna and paneer?

Though they both look same and are made in a same way, they are different. Chenna is the coagulated milk shreds and paneer is the coagulated milk which has been set firmly. Chenna is more moist than paneer. You can check my Chenna Recipe.

How much time does it take for the milk to curdle?

If the right amount of lemon juice is added, it just takes some seconds for the milk to curdle.

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How to Make Paneer | Homemade Paneer Recipe

Make fresh paneer at home with only a few simple ingredients. This easy homemade paneer recipe creates the softest, most tender paneer cheese from scratch.
4.92 from 62 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine North Indian
Course Main Course
Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 200 grams



  • 1 litre full fat whole milk
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar or 3 to 4 tablespoons curd or yogurt

Materials required

  • cheese cloth or muslin or a thin cotton napkin
  • some bowls and a heavy weight object or plates


Boiling milk

  • First, rinse a large, heavy duty pot with water. Add milk to the pot.
  • Then begin to heat the milk on a medium-low heat.
  • Stir occasionally so that the skin does not form on the surface and also so that the milk does not get burnt from the bottom.
  • Meanwhile, take a pan or a bowl. Place a strainer on the pan. Line the strainer with clean muslin or cheesecloth or cotton napkin. You can even line the pan directly with the muslin.

Adding food acid

  • When the milk starts boiling, add the lemon juice or vinegar. Begin to stir. 
  • The milk has to curdle completely. Stir the milk when it is curdling so that the curdled milk does not stick to the base of the pan.
  • Sometimes you will see the milk has curdled partly but no watery whey can be seen. In this case also add 1 to 2 teaspoons more of the food acid and stir again. You should see the greenish colored whey in the milk.
  • After the milk has curdled completely and you see the greenish whey, switch off the heat and then immediately pour the entire mixture in the strainer lined with the muslin, cheesecloth or cotton napkin.
  • Carefully gather the edges of the muslin as the coagulated milk mixture will be very hot. While doing this more of the whey will be strained.
  • Run some clean fresh water on the gathered muslin all over.

Making paneer

  • With the ends tightly gathered, run clean, fresh water all over the cloth to rinse.
  • Keep a heavy weight on top of the muslin or cheesecloth for 30 to 40 minutes. Use a heavy object having 500 to 600 grams weight. You can even hang the muslin bundle for an hour on your kitchen basin faucet if not using a heavyweight object.
  • Some more whey will be strained when you place the heavyweight object. So remove the whey from the plate. 
  • After 30 to 40 minutes the paneer will set. 
  • Once warm or cooled cut homemade paneer into cubes or any shape.
  • You can also refrigerate the paneer. Keep it in an air tight container or immerse the paneer block in a bowl of water and keep in the fridge.
  • Homemade paneer stays fresh for 2 to 3 days in the fridge in an air-tight container. You can slice the paneer cheese later and use it any recipe.



  • Milk: First and foremost use good quality milk. Again full fat whole milk yields excellent results just like it does for making homemade curd. You can use both raw milk or homogenized milk. 
  • Food acids: Three ingredients that coagulate the milk. You can use any one of them: Lemon juice, curd or vinegar. Each of these will add a faint hint to the paneer you make. Remember this. If you don’t like lemony or vinegar taste, add curd (yogurt) or buttermilk instead.
  • Cream: If there is plenty of cream floating on top of milk surface, then there is no need to remove it. The natural cream present in the milk, makes the paneer cheese soft.
  • Curdling milk: When you add the lemon juice or vinegar the milk will begin to curdle. The milk has to completely curdle. You should be able to see the whitish or greenish whey. When the milk has curdled completely then do not simmer or cook it further. Remove immediately and strain the milk. This overcooking will yield a hard paneer when it is set.
  • Storing:  Refrigerate paneer in an air-tight container for 2 to 3 days. Another way to keep the homemade paneer soft in the fridge is to soak the paneer block in water in a bowl and keep in the fridge. This way the paneer does not become hard. Alternatively you can soak the paneer in warm water after you have removed it from the fridge.
  • Scaling: You could easily make a large block of paneer by doubling or tripling this recipe. When the paneer is set, chop them in cubes. Place them in an air-tight box and freeze. You can even refrigerate the paneer cheese for 2 to 3 days. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Paneer | Homemade Paneer Recipe
Amount Per Serving (50 grams)
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 13mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 240mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This homemade paneer recipe post from the archives first published in May 2012 has been updated and republished on November 2020.

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  1. It’s the little things which really make the difference in this recipe: don’t heat the milk on too high a heat and wait for it to come to the boil properly.

    I’ve tried making paneer before but it’s never come out well; your recipe worked first time. I used it for the butter paneer masala recipe on this site – delicious!5 stars

    1. Agree and thanks so much for this lovely feedback. Glad! Thanks for the rating too.

  2. Thank you for this and all other recipes. I am a regular reader of your recipes and the effort you put into description is laudable. I always search on this site for the recipe I want and follow your instructions. The alternative options you give are also very useful and practical.

  3. I tried making paneer for years. But I never succeded in making it with lemon.
    I used a chemical acid (allumen) before but I had the impression it was not totally good for health.

    Your recipe is fantastic. I never had better paneer than this one. The description is perfect. I am so happy to have paneer again… now I can try all your wonderful recipes with it. Thank you!5 stars

    1. thanks sabrina for the sharing this as well as the rating. yes sure do try the recipes.

  4. Hi Dassana,

    Thanks for this and your entire archive of wonderful recipes. I love how you curate recipes from all over India! One question: how does this paneer stay firm when it’s fried in a recipe like kadhai paneer? Mine tend to disintegrate. Thanks!5 stars

    1. gitanjali for making paneer, use full fat or full cream or whole milk. do not use toned milk or low fat milk as the paneer breaks while cooking and also does not set well. the paneer cubes in the post were made from full fat milk and even after frying they stay firm.

  5. Hi Dassana,
    Your website is wonderful and so inspirational!!. I spend a lot of leisure time browsing through.

    Anu5 stars

  6. Hi Dasana
    Thank you for your super easy recipes. I have tried many and they have turned out really well.
    But I could never see whey forming when I make paneer. I made it more than once. It came fine. But once I add lemon juice. I keep stirring it till the milk reduces in volume afraid it might stick at the bottom.
    When I add lemon juice the milk curdles but I can only see small parts separating. I cannot see whey separating as you show in the picture.
    For 30 mini just keep stirring the milk. But you mentioned only 5 min to completely curdle.. what is the mistake?5 stars

    1. welcome bhargavi. this is happening due to the fat content in the milk. use full fat milk. do not use skimmed or toned milk. in fact it takes just ½ to 1 minute for the milk to curdle. in case the milk does not curdle, then add some more lemon juice.

    1. you can freeze paneer. you can keep the paneer in warm water for defrosting or let it defrost at room temperature. yes paneer can be used well after defrosting

  7. Dear Dassana!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 🙂 Your recipes are easy to follow and the food becomes yum and makes me feel im back in India!
    I found your website 3months back when i was searching for an aloo baingan recipe. I had enjoyed what I had eaten at a restaurant here in Auckland and kept asking who ever was serving if they knew what was in it 🙂 I love food and I love experimenting. And I found your easy peasy recipe and it was a hit! I have used your website to make different dishes.. And i just made paneer using your recipe! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Keep up your awesome work and thank you for sharing your awesome recipes and tricks and tips of making yummy food! God bless!5 stars

    1. Welcome Christina. Thanks for your kind words and best wishes. Glad to know that you liked the website.

  8. Hello..
    I tried to make paneer many times but it was never upto my expectations. I used this method and i got a very good block of soft paneer. Thanks a lot for solving our kitchen problems. I want to know the shelf life of this paneer block and please do mention the method too. Thanks once again.4 stars

    1. Welcome Bhavna. Glad to know this. In the refrigerator, Paneer will stay good for 3 to 4 days. Just keep it cover in the container while keeping in fridge.

  9. Is this muslin cloth or something specific? ? I have muslin cloth but paneer doesn’t come out clean when I drain the water. Thanks for your help!

    1. i use muslin for straining paneer and even for preparing hung curd. use a finely woven muslin. in these pics its a cotton kitchen towel. so you can use either a cotton kitchen towel or a finely woven muslin.

  10. Hi Dassana, May I know where you bought your muslin cloth from? The one I’ve got is not as good. Thanks ?

  11. First, I’m loving this website. I’ve made several recipes and have loved EVERYTHING! Regarding paneer, in the U.S. we use ounces, quarts, and gallons. Would a liter be about the same as a quart?

    1. thanks a lot michele. 1 litre is approx 1 quart (1 litre = 1.05 quart). so you can easily use 1 quart of milk.

  12. I did it and it’s perfect! I’m so happy because I will be able to cook many more recipes from your blog! I’ve tried a lot already and they were all successful and I’m proud of myself because I hate cooking except Indian recipes(I’m french) because it’s so easy and colorful and tasty! And I’m a vegetarian too. Next step, I want to try naan bread!
    Thank you so much for your blog and your hard work!5 stars

    1. thats nice stephanie. thanks for such a lovely comment. indian cooking is colourful and tasty too as you mention. i am a fan of french cooking. though just tried a couple of recipes. do try naan and i hope you will like it.

  13. What can we do with the whey we get after preparing paneer?
    Heard the whey is very nutritious. How long can the whey be preserved.

    1. kavitha, you can use the whey in making chapatis, parathas, dals, gravies and even pulaos & biryanis. generally i add it to chapatis or gravies. i keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days only. just note that there will be a slight sour taste in any dish that you add the whey. it is due to the lemon juice/curd/vinegar added while making the paneer. so you can easily use in recipes where a faint sour taste is there, eg biryanis or some sour gravies or curries.

  14. Hello Mrs.amit
    May I know what is the difference between chenna and paneer? 🙂

    1. on the face both look same. but are not. chenna is the coagulated milk and paneer is the coagulated milk which has been set firmly. chenna is more moist than paneer.

  15. I am from the Cayman Ishands ant find paneer at all, so I made my very own. It turned out great. Thank you for your help5 stars

    1. if the right amount of lemon juice is added, it just takes a few seconds to curdle.

  16. Hi I am from Pakistan.thanks for your recipes.they make my work easy and tasty.5 stars

  17. I used your recipe last night and I admit that it was SO EASY and SO GOOD that I’m amazed. Thank you for posting. I did use regular whole milk but I did have to have a tablespoon of vinegar, a bit more than you recommended. Turned out beautifully and super tasty. I’ll be making this all the time now because I love paneer and since I’m vegetarian this is a much better option that having tofu in recipes. Too much soy is not a good thing.5 stars

    1. thanks for the positive feedback, beth. making paneer is very easy. yes sometimes the proportion of acidic agents like lemon juice o vinegar can be less or more depending on the quality of milk.

  18. I made paneer from cows milk. Its has come out really very good. And I used it for paneer tikka. I was lil worried as to whether it will hold the scewer or not but it was firm enough to hold.
    Thanks for sharing.4 stars

    1. welcome rachna. nice to know this. thanks for sharing your experience.

  19. I just made this paneer and it turned out excellent as do all of your dishes. I did add a bit of extra lemon juice to get all of the milk to curdle. I left mine to sit about 2 or 3 hours to help it fully drain.

    My husband is from India and I am American, and your blog is my go-to place when I am trying to learn a recipe he loves. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are always so shocked that I can make things like khandvi or paneer, but I really owe all my success to your blog!5 stars

    1. thank you very much liz. i can imagine your mom in law and sis in law wondering how you manage and whats the secret. keep them guessing 😉

  20. I never thought that it was this easy to make your own paneer cheese! Thank you so much Dassana, for the recipe and the step-by-step methods. I will be making this asap, I can’t wait to try your delish paneer recipes. 🙂

  21. Hi! just wanted to know whether it is possible to store the whey in the fridge to use it later??

  22. Found it, thanks!!! I can’t get paneer here, so I’ll try to makee it by myself for the recipes from your site 🙂 .

  23. OH! ..and the whey, I have been using it in broths and smoothies. What an amazing pure protein. LOVE IT!5 stars

  24. I was so pleased with this. It was the first time I made paneer. I used raw milk (I always drink it too even though govt has demonized it) and apple cider vinegar. I made it for vegetable biryani and it came out perfect. I did pick up on the vinegar in the taste but not after it was in my dish. I think I may try the lemon next time. It was quite easy to make and was perfect in my dish. Thank you 🙂5 stars

    1. welcome denise. glad to know this. just rinse the hot curdled milk solids with water and after taste of vinegar or lemon will go away.

  25. Thank you so much for such wonderful recipe, followed your recipe step by step you made it look so easy to make. It turned out great ended up using it in matar paneer. Recipe is totally a keeper. Stay blessed ♥

  26. Thanks a lot for the recipe/process. Of course it took repeated additions of lemon juice (total 1 medium size lemon for 1.5 lt) for it to work. But the result was fresh, soft homemade paneer plus bonus whey! Now I’ll always make it at home.

    One query tho, the paneer had a distinct tho mild flavour of lemon, is that to be expected? Any way to avoid it?5 stars

    1. welcome pradha. after you add the paneer in the muslin, the squeeze the whey carefully and rinse the muslin under a tap of running water. this will remove the mild lemon flavor. homemade paneer is always best.

  27. I used food grade 50% phosphoric acid to set my cheese. It has almost no flavor. For 500 ml of milk, I added 2.5ml acid. I have also tried 88% lactic acid and it works too. Still much more neutral than vinegar or lemon juice. Both those types of acids are sold at homebrew stores.

  28. Just a tip – for those having trouble getting their milk to curdle, it could be the milk. The milk can be pasteurized, but avoid ultra-pasteurized, as the ultra-pasteurization process keeps the milk from curdling properly. Here in the US, the milk cartons are labeled, and I always make sure.
    Also, I often use lime juice my acid. I think it leaves a wonderful flavor, depending on what I am using my paneer for.

    I just found your blog today, and I am hooked! Thanks so much!!

    1. welcome bonnie. thanks for sharing the tips. i am sure its going to help other readers. in india we get both raw milk and pasteurized milk. so the curdling happens easily.

  29. Thank you for all the recipies ! It’s an amazing job that you are doing !
    I have a question. Can I add little bit of curd and let’s say one teaspoon of lemon. I love when paneer is soft and that’s what I’m trying to do, to make it soft.5 stars

    1. welcome pati. either add curd or lemon. curd you will have to add 2-3 tbsp or more to curdle the milk.

  30. I would love to hear more about your uses for the leftover whey! Great recipes and instructions. Thank you.

  31. Just tried this and it worked out great. Much better than paneer from supermarket in my opinion. Thanks for the recipe and clear instructions. Pictures were really helpful.5 stars

    1. welcome lauren. thanks for this positive feedback. i agree homemade paneer is better than from super market.

  32. Just made my first truly home made palak paneer curry and it tasted great. Thank you for sharing such great yet surprisingly simple knowledge which produces paneer so much nicer than supermarket bought! My only slight issue was yield, I ended up with about 150g from 1L of full fat fresh cows milk which still had a milky looking liquid remaining. From reading the instructions and the Q&A below, perhaps I was taking the milk off heat too soon? How long from putting the lemon juice into boiling milk would you say is maximum for getting a ‘full curdle’ without overcooking?5 stars

    1. thanks a lot andy for your feedback. generally from 1 litre of milk, you can get about 200 to 250 gms of paneer. this depends on the quality of the milk. as you mention there was a milky looking liquid. which means that the milk has not curdled completely. the milk has to come to a complete boil. then you add the lemon juice. stir well and if the milk still does not curdle completely, then add some more lemon juice. generally the milk begins to curdle as soon as the lemon juice or vinegar is stirred in it.

  33. I love paneer recipe. Thank you for this article and its really helpful.5 stars

  34. Hey Dassana,
    Thanks for the easy instructions. I was wondering since both lemon juice and curd can be used, is there any difference with the texture of paneer that comes. I was confused with which one to use. Does lemon juice give a different texture as compared to curd?5 stars

    1. with curd you get a bit softer texture in the paneer. plus with curd you won’t get the after taste if you add vinegar or lemon juice. depending on what you have, you can use any.

    1. generally paneer is not stored in the whey. not sure of the reason though. some people keep the set paneer in water in the refrigerator. this is so, so that the paneer stays moist.

  35. Salam Dassana!
    Sidra from Pakistan…I was looking for new and into the budget recepies…and I am happy that I clicked the very right place…I am really inspired by the way you guide the people…this honest try of yours reveals your enthusiasm to cooking…
    God bless you for giving us the very best directions for cooking…I will be a regular visiter Inshallah….5 stars

    1. thanks sidra. glad to know that you liked the blog and our love for cooking. big thanks for your blessings. keep visiting.

  36. Hi dear dassana I’m so happy and surprised on seeing my paneer block. I could not believe my eyes. No one can explain clearly like u. Thank you so much. I became a big fan of you .4 stars

    1. Welcome Dr.Saranya Vikram. keep visiting the site and try some recipes;.

  37. Oh my. I made this tonight and cannot believe how easy it was to make delicious, soft paneer! Better than a lot of paneer I have eaten, in India and Australia. Thank you so much.5 stars

  38. Hi, I have been hesitating to prepare paneer as many of my friends could not get a firm paneer. Yesterday finally followed your recipe and it came out wonderfully. Its soft, firm and tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  39. Hi dassana
    Lovely!!! Thanks for sharing
    Also I need to say that you have got a fantastic Blog
    I need to try them all one by one soon
    Also, can you please tell us how to make tofu at home
    I’m just longing for this recipe. Plz do share on how to make tofu as soon as possible5 stars

    1. thanks priya. making tofu is a bit complicated as you need some special stuff for it which is not available in india. you can search on google as there are a lot of recipes showing how tofu is made.

  40. Hi Dassana. I followed the directions and ended up with awesome quality paneer, much much better than the store brought, frozen version. Thank you for all the wonderful recipies on this site, including this simple paneer. Keep it up! 😀5 stars

  41. Can I use Limbu Ka Phool
    (Cytric Acid ) to curdle the milk?
    And how would I store paneer or
    Khoya in the freezer ? Thank U

    1. you can use citric acid to curdle the milk. i usually keep the home made paneer in an air tight box and keep on the rack below the freezer if using in a couple of days. you can also keep in the freezer. if using the next day, then i just refrigerate it. keep the khoya in an air tight container or the khoya packet in the freezer.

  42. Really a wonderful recepie. I just tried it in my home today. So tasty. Thanks a lot.

  43. Hi Dassana,Thank you for sharing such an important aspect of vegetarian cooking – step by step process of making home made paneer. The pictures and write up are very informative!5 stars

    1. tehminaaz, thanks for this sweet comment. i am glad you liked the step by step recipe of making paneer.

  44. Hi dassana ,even thou i knew how to make paneer ,i was not comfortertable to make it .now after i read your recipe,i went strate in the kitchen and started showing my kids how to make don’t only teach us ,but you bring the confident in to the people , that means you don’t only reach in to the reader’s computers but you knew how and how deep to reach in to their mind also .these words of mine should explain you how well and how perfectly your recipes are written and explained.keep up good job.

    1. dear hemlata, those were really inspiring and encouraging words. a heartfelt thank you to you.

  45. thanks a lot to u dassana….u have made cooking very easy for people like me..becoz of u i have started cooking once again…thanks for ur good recipes….bye

    1. thanks vandana. cooking is easy, but just that at times we require more patience while cooking, especially some of the indian dishes.

  46. Thank you so much for posting homemade paneer, now i can make it easily at home and whenever i need. thanks once again.

  47. Your post on paneer was very well explained & came as a saviour as I was having trouble keeping it from crumbling…
    I tried your method & suceeded in keeping it in one piece…thanks a ton for the post..