So what’s one of the first things you do when you get home after being away for almost 1,5 weeks? Yes, cooking!! I think I made dinner only 4 times over the last 1,5 week, I’ve been eating out, had take out or have been eating on the road. So I was craving a homemade meal.

All the eating out gave me a lot of inspiration for some new recipes I’m going to try at some point. So today I’m starting with something that I only tried for the first time this weekend in England: Paneer.
Paneer is indian ‘cottage cheese’, it can be fried browned and it doesn’t melt!!

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Paneer is on de left, together with the pea’s

I tried it last year in Berlin and this weekend in London, but I haven’t been able to find it in the Netherlands, so I decided to make it myself. Normally it’s made with whole milk, but I tried a version with lactose free milk since that’s a bit better for me.

What do you need (150 gr.)

  • 1 litre of milk
  • 40 ml of lemon juice.

Start by putting a piece of cheesecloth in a sieve, you need it later when the curd is done.

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Put the milk in a pan and bring it to a boil. Keep an eye on it because it can overcook in a few seconds. When they milk starts boiling, take it of the stove and add the lemon juice. Stir again until the milk and juice are mixed.

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Put the milk back on a low fire and stir the milk for about 10 minutes. The milk should start to curdle, this means there will be white solids bits (curd) swimming around in a liquid (whey).

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After about 10 minutes, pour the curd in the cheesecloth and but it in the sink so the whey can be drained. Leave to cool, takes about 20 minutes.

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When the curd has cooled down grap the tips of the cloth and squeeze out as much as the leftover liquid as you can.

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Fold the cloth again and put it in the fridge with some weight on it. I used a container with sugar, but I’m sure there are better weights 😛 After about 2 hours the cheese should be cooled down enough to use. One liter of milk gave me about 150 gr. of cheese. You can store the cheese in a plastic bag/container for up to a week.

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I baked it with spinach-curry and rice.