Homemade Paneer Indian Cheese Recipe

Paneer is an essential ingredient in Indian cooking. People often substitute ricotta, but the taste is decidedly not paneer and the real deal is so easy to make. With this simple recipe, you’ll give true Indian authenticity to all your dishes.

Homemade Paneer Indian Cheese Recipe

How To Make Homemade Paneer Indian Cheese

This simple recipe could jump-start your cheesemaking journey! A wonderfully textured cheese which shares a lot of similarities with cottage cheese.

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 1 hr 5 mins


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Combine the milk, yogurt, salt and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk.
  3. As the milk is just about to boil it will bubble at the edges, stir in the lemon juice.
  4. Remove from the heat and pour into a sieve lined with cheesecloth.
  5. Lift the cheesecloth by the four corners and tie them together.
  6. Hang the cheese in the cloth over the sink to drain for 30 minutes.

  7. Once drained, place the cheese, still in the cloth, into a bowl weighted with a heavy object and refrigerate until ready to use.


  • Sugar: 7g
  • :
  • Calcium: 141mg
  • Calories: 78kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 161mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 344mg
  • Vitamin A: 198IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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