Homemade Paneer

This past weekend, I wasn’t in a cooking or baking mood. I was in a cleaning mood. I finally tackled a pile of boxes, papers and random items that had been stored in my room “to be dealt with later”. Well, Saturday and Sunday ended up being “later”, and I’m happy to be rid of most of it! Next up, my closet. Scary…

The two days away from cooking made me eager to get back in the kitchen and make something new. In keeping with the Indian food kick I’ve been on, I made my own paneer. I was amazed how simple it was to make! Though, a couple of brown bits made it into the curds because I scraped the bottom of the pan a bit. Here’s my result:

The texture of the paneer was amazingly firm and chewy, which I like! However, the flavor was a tad bland. The recipe I found toyed with the idea of adding some spice to the milk as its boiling to add flavor. However, I held off this time around. I wanted to make sure I made the basic recipe properly before I went monkeying around with it. I wonder what flavor would be good to add for next time. Cumin? Corriander? Cardamom?

I didn’t want to eat the paneer by itself, so I made a creamed spinach dish and threw in the paneer cubes after a quick saute in canola oil. (I chickened out of making palak paneer or saag paneer because I didn’t have all the proper spices.) Here’s a photo of my creamed spinach with paneer cubes:


26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ronda
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 21:05:18

    Oh! I love paneer!

  2. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 22:20:29

    I’ve never tried to make this at home! It looks really good in that creamed spinach. Where’s your little mouse today? I’m surprised you could keep him away from this cheese! 🙂

  3. Allison
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 22:22:21

    I can’t believe you made paneer! So fabulous! I might have to try it myself. Great post!

  4. Christina
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 22:37:05

    I’m so glad you posted this. I’ve always wanted to try paneer, but it was so expensive at the store!

  5. Yuri
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 23:15:55

    I’ve never made paneer before. This looks amazing 🙂

  6. Anita Menon
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 01:19:20

    WOW. thats one mean looking paneer. You inspire me to try stuff that I haven’t ever thought of trying before. We get ready made paneer here and somehow it always feels like a pain to make it at home.

    Good going again!!

  7. Three-Cookies
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 03:17:16

    I have thought about making this many times – maybe your blog has given the slight nudge needed…

  8. Kathy
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 05:33:03

    Wonderful job! There’s such satisfaction with experimentation in the kitchen! I have never had paneer…..it looks so good!

  9. Cher
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 07:08:46

    Pretty cool – it sounds like you are having fun with the Indian dishes.
    Hey, can you come clean out my “for later” pile too? 🙂

  10. sanya
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 07:48:13

    Hey, that’s very impressive!
    Very creative too!

  11. Spike
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:36:38

    really cool! I’ve never even thought about making my own paneer. You are awesome!

  12. Parsley Sage
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:39:50

    Well done! I’m sure the second batch will be even better with some cumin (my vote.) The spinach looks super yummy too 🙂

  13. Peggy
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 10:22:30

    Wow! Your paneer turned out beautifully! I love the creamed spinach dish you made out of it too!

  14. Mary
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 12:16:48

    This looks wonderful. You did a great job with this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  15. sweetlife
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 19:51:06

    oh I love paneer, love the spinach dish!!


  16. Angela
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 20:20:27

    Yum! Another one of my favorites.

  17. erica@fashionmeetsfood
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 21:17:02

    OMG I cannot believe you made this – seriously you rock!


  18. Joyti
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:12:53

    I need to get myself into a cleaning mood. And I also need to make my own paneer, I’ve been talking about it for the past two weeks. Looks like yours turned out great!

  19. Meri
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:24:37

    Wow, very impressive! I’m not very good at trying new things- perhaps I’ll go for takeout?

  20. chunklet's mom
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:59:34

    Okay, so when I see you in North Carolina, you need to add this to the list of “Things To Bring Sarah”.

  21. Jessica
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 00:57:50

    Ooh, Indian cheese! I wonder if this would be good in a salad.

  22. Alice
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 04:05:38

    This looks sensational. If we order an Indian takeaway I sometimes go for the paneer and spinach bhajee-but this actually looks better than the one they send!

  23. tinytearoom
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 08:03:14

    you made paneer! from scratch! thats awesome! Paneer and I have only been friends for over a year. We are inseparable.

  24. Elaine
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 20:34:04

    I have never had paneer, but it looks wonderful with the creamed spinach.

  25. Cakelaw
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 06:36:55

    Your spinach with paneer looks fab- a great meal.

  26. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 10:18:17

    I’ve never made paneer before, yours looks absolutely gorgeous. And then add in the creamed spinach, it looks divine!

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