Best Homemade Paneer


It's easy to make your very own paneer to use in your favorite Indian recipes. For homemade paneer, all you need is milk, lemon juice, salt, and a thermometer!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
28 ounces paneer


  • 4 quarts whole milk

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (Optional)

  • ½ cup lemon juice


  1. Line a colander with a damp piece of muslin or cheesecloth and set in the sink or over a bowl.

  2. Pour milk into a large saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C). Stir well and add salt. Pour in lemon juice gradually, 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir until curds separate.

  3. Ladle curds into the muslin-lined colander. Fold muslin over curds and place a weight on top (such as a bowl filled with water). Press lightly and let drain for 2 to 3 hours.

Cook's Note:

You can use lime juice instead of lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
8g Fat
12g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 276mg 21%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 359mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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