Making Paneer from Scratch

Ingredients :

1/3 rd cup vinegar
3 litres milk
2 trays of ice cubes
Muslin cloth and Strainer

Method to cook:

Boil milk in a deep container.
Reduce flame and add vinegar.
Continuously stir the milk.
Milk will start curdling.
As soon as you start seeing the green water, add ice cubes.
This is essential to stop the curdling process and get soft paneer.
Strain out the paneer on the muslin cloth.
Hold the muslin cloth above the sink and allow all water to drain.
Hold it under running water and wash paneer properly.
Hang it to tap in the sink for about 1 hour to ensure water to drain completely.
Press the cloth tightly and put it in a plate and keep a heavy weight on it(Approx 5 kgs or more).
Keep it like that for about 8 hours.
The paneer gets a shape and holds tight.
You can now cut into pieces.


  1. Nice one, such a perfect home made paneer, never knew v should add ice cubes to get a soft paneer..must try it next time..thanks for the tip..

  2. Too good, nice step by step pictures...very useful to many of us.

  3. Great post Soma...thanks for sharing this...very useful for me :)

  4. Great step by step pictures soma...You got a lovely space here..

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    Kairali sisters

  5. Adding ice cubes was totally new to me. Nice step by step pictures. Will do so next time when i make paneer .

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Wonderful post dear... thanks for sharing!!

  7. Thats a beautiful post Soma, useful for many of us..

  8. nice clear demo for making panneer at home!! nice post Soma!!!

  9. Lovely post dear, with step by step pics...Very useful.

  10. Wow Soma..paneer came so perfect..

  11. Wow,I really need this post now,as we dont get the frozen one here! Great post!

  12. A very useful post Soma! Nice step by step pics!

  13. Very useful! Must be fluffy!

  14. Hi Soma,

    I see so many bloggers from US. Yours is the first to be from Pune the city I love so much, I didi my engineering from there and used to stay in market yard.
    Well will be following you.
    This recipe will surely educate all amateur cooks...

  15. Loved your pic description..

  16. Nice post explaining how to make panner.Just today made panner to make ras malai for indian cooking challenge.