Recipe by Anu
I found this recipe following a link from Foodsubs.com and thought I'd post it here for all those of you who don't find paneer in local markets. Paneer is a type of fresh cheese used in North Indian cooking. For those interested in more info, use this link: http://www.foodsubs.com/Chefresh.html#paneer
- 1 1⁄2 quarts whole milk
- 1 1⁄2 cups cultured buttermilk
Directions See How It's Made
- For channa:
- Pour milk into a heavy 4-quart saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to medium and stir in buttermilk.
- When the curds form a mass (you'll see a clear, pale-yellow whey surrounding the curds), remove pan from heat, let stand, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
- Line a colander with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth.
- Set the colander in the sink or in a bowl if you wish to save the whey (see note).
- Gather together the corners of the cloth, give one or two twists, and tie with a kitchen twine.
- Gently pour the curds and whey into the cheesecloth.
- Hang the cheesecloth bag over the faucet and let the cheese drain for 1 hour, or until it is as thick as yogurt (this is channa).
- If the weather is warm, leave the cheesecloth bag in the colander, set the colander on a plate to catch the drippings, and refrigerate until the cheese has thickened.
- Unwrap the channa and use immediately, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. (Note: Save the whey for making your next batch of paneer, use it for cooking lentils or pilafs, or add it to soups.)
- Yields approximately 10 ounces. Nutrition Infomation: PER OUNCE (channa): 75 calories, 5 g protein, 0 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), cholesterol and sodium content is not available, 0 g fiber.
- For Paneer cheese:
- Snugly wrap cheesecloth around the channa to form a"cake."
- Place on a cookie sheet, place another cookie sheet on top and add weights (for example, 2 or 3 large cans of tomatoes, 2 or 3 bricks, a large pitcher of water).
- Let the cheese sit for 2 to 4 hours.Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
- Yields 8 ounces (1 cup). Nutrition Infomation: PER OUNCE (paneer): 100 calories, 7 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat (5 g saturated), cholesterol and sodium content is not available, 0 g fiber.