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How to make Paneer - Instant Pot, Stove Top

Jyoti Behrani
Making paneer at home is quite simple and with just TWO ingredients you can make soft and perfectly textured paneer each time at home!!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, entrees, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 24 oz approx.

Ingredients
  

Other essentials:

  • piece of CHEESECLOTH / muslin cloth
  • large colander
  • large mixing bowl

Instructions
 

HOW TO MAKE PANEER – INSTANT POT METHOD

    STEP 1: LINE A COLANDER WITH A CHEESECLOTH

    • Line a large colander with a piece of a double layer of cheesecloth and place the colander onto a large empty bowl.
      Note: You can use cheesecloth or a muslin cloth.

    STEP 2: BOIL THE MILK

    • Press YOGURT twice to get the BOIL setting.
    • Add 1 gallon of full-fat (whole) milk. Close the lid with the vent sealed.
    • When the program is done, allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
      Note: It takes around 40 minutes to boil the milk in Instant Pot.
    • Carefully open the lid. Select SAUTE – HIGH.
    • Let the milk come to a boil, for around 10 minutes. Keep stirring in-between to prevent any milk from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

    STEP 3: ADD VINEGAR 

    • Allow the milk to come to a boil. Add vinegar, mix gently. Milk starts to curdle immediately, as soon as the white milk solids and whey (greenish liquid) separate. Cancel SAUTE.

    STEP 4: STRAIN THE MILK SOLIDS 

    • Immediately pour the contents into the colander lined with cheesecloth to strain the whey out.

    STEP 5: RINSE THE PANEER

    • Carefully lift the colander and rinse it under cold water to remove any smell from the vinegar.

    STEP 6: PRESS THE PANEER

    • Grab the ends of the cheesecloth and twist them to form a ball. Twist the cheesecloth to remove any extra liquid.
    • Place the cheese ball on a plate with a twisted part of the cheesecloth on the side (this assures a nice and smooth block of cheese). Place a second plate on top of the paneer. Add some weight to the second plate to set the paneer. I normally keep weight equivalent to a gallon (an empty jar of milk filled with water, an oil container, or cans filled with beans).
    • After 30 minutes. check if the paneer is set. A soft, firm block of paneer will be formed. If required add a few more minutes. for paneer to set.
      Note: Paneer will harden upon refrigeration.
    • Cut the paneer into desired pieces and use it in your favorite dish. Enjoy!!

    HOW TO MAKE PANEER – STOVETOP METHOD

    • In a heavy bottom pot, on high heat, add milk and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring in-between to prevent any milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The rest of the recipe is the same as Instant Pot.

    Notes

    WAYS TO USE PANEER
    I use paneer in some of our favorite dishes – PALAK PANEER(spinach paneer), matar paneer, shahi paneer, paneer tikka masala.
    Please refer to the post for the following:
    1. TIPS FOR SOFT HOMEMADE PANEER
    2. HOW TO USE WHEY 
    3. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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