Quick Method to make cottage cheese or paneer in microwave oven

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microwave paneer recipe

Simple and Quick Method to prepare cottage cheese aka paneer in Microwave Oven. It does not require to keep the paneer hanging overnight.

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Simple method to make cottage cheese in the microwave oven. Paneer is also called as indian cheese or cottage cheese. This is a quick method of making paneer. It does not require to keep the paneer hanging overnight.

microwave paneer recipe

When you want to use paneer for any dish, then this is the quickest method to make it. It won’t take more than 15-20 minutes. I have also noticed that the paneer made in microwave is more softer than the ones made in a pan.

Although microwave method is a quicker method to make paneer but i normally make paneer on stove top. because i have read many articles on internet that microwave cooking is not good for food and thus not good for health.

To make about 200 gms of paneer in the microwave, you will need:

  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1-2 tbsp of white vinegar or
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice

Steps for making cottage cheese in microwave oven

  • Put the milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.
  • Now add the vinegar or lemon juice to the hot milk. Stir the milk, so that the vinegar or lemon juice gets evenly distributed in the milk. Microwave again on full power for 1.5 or 2 minutes till the milk starts curdling.

curdled milk for making paneer in microwave

  • Once the milk has curdled, you can remove the bowl from the microwave oven as it will continue to curdle even after you remove it.
  • Now strain the curdled milk.

straing milk for making paneer in microwave

  • The whey gets separated out and what remains is the curdled milk. This curdled milk is the paneer.

making paneer in microwave

  • Bring together the paneer threads and keep on pressing with the back of the spoon so that all the whey strains out.

paneer made in a microwave

  • Continue pressing till all the whey is strained. Once all the water is strained out then cool for 5 mins.

microwave paneer indian cottage cheese

microwave paneer recipe

microwave paneer recipe
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paneer in microwave oven

Simple and Quick Method to prepare cottage cheese aka paneer in Microwave Oven. It does not require to keep the paneer hanging overnight.
course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 2 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 17 minutes
servings 150 to 200 grams paneer
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 to 2 tbsp white vinegar or 1 to 2 tbsp lemon juice

how to make paneer in microwave oven

  1. Put the milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.
  2. Now add the vinegar or lemon juice to the hot milk. Stir the milk, so that the vinegar or lemon juice gets evenly distributed in the milk. Microwave again on full power for 1.5 or 2 minutes till the milk starts curdling.
  3. Once the milk has curdled, you can remove the bowl from the microwave oven as it will continue to curdle even after you remove it.
  4. Now strain the curdled milk.
  5. The whey gets separated out and what remains is the curdled milk. This curdled milk is the paneer.
  6. Bring together the paneer threads and keep on pressing with the back of the spoon so that all the whey strains out.
  7. Continue pressing till all the whey is strained. Once all the water is strained out then cool for 5 mins.
  8. Your paneer is ready to use for your favorite recipes like paneer butter masala, palak paneer, malai kofta, shahi paneer and kadai paneer recipe.

dassana amit
Founder, Designer, Recipe Developer, Food Photographer ||

i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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32 comments/reviews

  1. Awesome recipe.Thank You!so much Dassana Amit.You are AMAZING😀

    • Welcome Sneha. Glad to know that you like the paneer recipe.

  2. I love it

  3. Hi Dasana, I absolutely love your blog and have enjoyed many fantastic meals from it. I’ve made paneer a number of times but I’m always concerned about the amount of whey that I have to throw away at the end. Do you have any suggestions for what the whey can be used for?

    Thank you so, so much,

    Aidan

    • thanks aidan. you can use the whey in making roti or paratha dough. if you bake then you can use it for bread doughs. also it can be added to dals, rice bassed dishes, soups, sabzis. instead of adding water, you can add the whey.

      • Thanks for the suggestions Dasana, I’ll try adding it to paratha dough!

        • welcome aidan

  4. Hello dasana, I am all smiley while writing to u, cos I read tejaswini’s comments..
    I identify myself wt her.,though I am no novice to cooking, I have stated enjoying it only after going thru ur blog n preparing a few dishes…I must thank u for ur crisp, clear instructions and prompt reply
    These days my days end with a visit to ur blog..
    Keep posting many more recipes..
    Thx

    • thanks sneha. even i smiled when i read her comment first. good to know the instructions are helping you and also that you check the blog everyday 🙂 i will keep one adding more recipes.

  5. We usually get milk in gallons in the US. Gallon is 3.6l
    i am currently trying to do an experiment to try to heat the milk in the gallon itself!
    Using a stove top microwave which is usually 1100 to 1300watts (typically higher than the small size counter top version.

    Right now i have it on 10 min cook time. Will update as things progress 🙂

    10 mis later. Gallon is holding fine. Milk is about 90 deg F if i have to guess. I will now start another 10 mins cooking but will keep checking. Cooking in that plastic may not be recommended but this is really for someone that is single person or a college student that doesn’t have a lot of time typically and is okay compromising on this aspect.
    6 min later: about 130 deg f. I think i will stop just shy of 8 mins making total cook time to 18. Very important to note that i am using fat free milk. Microwave will heat fats MUCH faster so please adjust cook time accordingly!!!
    So i poured this into a big salad bowl type thing and added vinegar.

    Update: success! But be careful as gallon gets very hot. Also quantity wise it came out about 20% less than that on stove. I could see that the whey did not separate properly in this method but that can be easily solved by heating a bit more.

    As i side note, i just made another big batch (1 gallon) on the stove top using apressure cooker. Because of the pressure milk heats faster thus saving time. Just thought I’d share this.

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