what is paneer? How to make paneer? paneer recipe

Paneer is one of the most widely used ingredient in many Indian dishes. Paneer is widely used in the form of paneer recipe. It is prepared by curdling of milk. While paneer is generally good for health, some set of people need to exercise caution while taking paneer. 
What is paneer?

Paneer is a dairy product prepared by curdling of hot milk. It is widely used in Indian dishes.

How to make paneer?

Making paneer is very easy. Take 500 ml of milk. Boil it.  While it is still hot, add lemon juice extracted from half a lemon (or vinegar). keep on adding lemon juice till the solid and liquid layer are visibly separate.

Tie the solid part in a cloth (preferably cheesecloth) and drain out all the water. usually it is tied in cloth and left hung till all the water is drained out. Then it is pressed so that no water is left in the solid mass.

While it is still wrapped in cloth, keep it in a clean place. Put a heavy stone or  any heavy object on it for 2 -3 hours.

Remove it and slice it to small cubes. Paneer is done.

Paneer benefits:

  • It is rich in protein and fat.
  • Ideal for those seeking weight gain
  • Calms Vata and increases Kapha
  • May worsen indigestion
  • Ideal to be taken only during morning or afternoon. To be avoided at night.

Those who can not avoid it, can take it after processing with spices like ginger, pepper etc, in lunch.

Who should avoid  paneer:

  • People with high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis
  • during indigestion
  • Those who wish to diet
  • While having respiratory problems, infection cough and cold and asthma
  • Students who are preparing for examinations, because light food is ideal for them, rather than a heavy-to-digest food like paneer recipe.

Paneer recipe: Here are a few Indian paneer recipes

Paneer butter masala

Palak Paneer

Chilli Paneer

Paneer tikka

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  1. Doctor, thank you for this usefull article.

  2. Kunwar Singh says:

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    It is pertinent to mention that you can also make Paneer at home with the help of Paneer Maker available in the market and it is easier and better than making paneer with the very old method to tie the solid and watery layer of paneer in a cloth and squeeze it to drain out the water or else putting paneer under a heavy weight for a longer time to remove the water to get solid paneer.

    Best regards,
    Kunwar Singh

  3. Dr. V.M. Sharma says:


  4. Dr. V.M. Sharma says:

    Dr. Hebbar, you deserve my sincere appreciation for your effort in propagating the concept and role of Ayurveda in diet in disease. As a practicing Allopath I have learnt a lot.
    (Dr) V.M. SHARMA

  5. I thought paneer + salt is incompatible?

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