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Doodh Paneer (Whole-Milk Cheese) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Christina Shiffler
Added: Friday, May 15, 2009

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
[makes 1 1/4 pounds]

1 gallon whole milk

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

Directions:
Directions:
1. Pour the milk into a large saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to prevent the milk from scorching. When it comes to a boil, stir in the vinegar. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside until the cheese separates and leaves behind a pale green, thin, watery whey, 15 to 30 seconds.

2. Line a colander with a double layer or cheese cloth or a clean dishcloth, making sure there is about 2 or 3 inches hanging over the rim of the colander. Place the colander in the sink, then pour the cheese and whey into the colander, and let it drain. Once the cheese is slightly cool to the touch, gather the edges of the cloth and fold them over to cover it.

3. Fill a heavy pot with water, and set it directly on top of the cloth-wrapped cheese in the colander. Set this aside until the cheese is firm, 3 to 5 hours. (The weight will press on the cheese and force out almost all of its moisure.)

4. Remove the weight and unwrap the firm, milky-white cheese. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 1 week. (You can also freeze the cheese, sealed in a freezer-safe self-seal bag, for up to 2 months. Thaw the Paneer in the fridge before using it.)

TO PAN-FRY:

Cut the Paneer into 1-inch cubes. Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the cubes in a single layer and cook, turning them occasionally, until all sides are honey-brown and crispy, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer them to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

Fried Paneer cubes can be stored in a bowl of water and refrigerated for up to a week, changing the water daily. You can also freeze the cubes (without immersing them in water) in a freezer-safe self-seal bag for up to 2 months.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe comes from 660 Curries, by Raghavan Iyer.

 

 

 

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