Having lived outside India most of my life in various countries I have learnt to make things from whatever stuff available. In Nigeria there used to be scarcity of many things during the time I was living there. We made use of milk powder to make all the diary products like yogurt, paneer, and mithais, desserts, kulfis, ice-creams etc etc .. I find it very convenient and easy too.
Here is how I make my paneer at home. Use any kind of full cream milk powder available like Nido, Amulya. etc etc.
Milk powder ... 400 gms (about 5 cups)
Vinegar or lemon juice .. 5-6 tbsps or as needed
Water ........ 10 cups
1. Mix the milk powder and water together with a whisk clearing all the lumps.
2. Bring it to a boil in a pan. Keep stirring with a spoon or whisk to avoid burning.
3. When the milk starts to boil add the vinegar and keep stirring until it curdles.
4. Now drain the water and separate the paneer.
5. Tie it in a muslin cloth and hang it to remove all the excess water.
6. Carefully fold the cloth around the paneer and place a heavy vessel on it to set.
7. Cut it into pieces and use the way you like it.
8. If you want to freeze it just fry it lightly and store in a plastic container. It really comes handy when you need it or even for a party.
You get 400 gms of paneer from this quantity.. same as the milk powder used
Note: Do not throw the water that you strained. Use it for curries or kneading your dough for rotis.
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that's a nice one...ReplyDelete
never tried with milk powder...looks perfectReplyDelete
Thanks Ruxana.. once you start making it this way you will always do that I am sureDelete
nice one. Perfectly made. will try this..ReplyDelete
oh! This is a great idea.. Love the look of that fluffy Paneer!ReplyDelete
love this idea from milk powder.ReplyDelete
Makes it easier this way.Delete
Wow thats a fantastic idea of making paneer with milk powder .Thanks for linking it to my event "first anniversary giveaway"ReplyDelete
Hello Shobha, it's a pleasure to meet you. Very interesting recipe. I need to look around and try some of your yummy recipes. I am so glad I could help with you getting your own domain. Happy Monday.ReplyDelete
Thanks for such helpful post Linda :)Delete
delicious preparation....inviting meReplyDelete
Thanks for liking ShamaDelete
Wow very interesting way to make paneer.ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing a lovely homemade paneer dearReplyDelete
This is indeed very useful alternative method and would be of definite help,looks greatReplyDelete
I still haven't tried paneer - sounds good though.ReplyDelete
Must try .. it is very healthy.Delete
Is frying necessary to store for longer time??ReplyDelete
No Radhika.. you can freeze it even without frying..Delete
Hi Shobha ji, what is the quality of paneer made from milk powder. Is it like the paneer available in the market in taste, texture and fluffyness.ReplyDelete
Yes it is as good as the paneer available in the stores.Delete
What a brilliant way to make paneer with milk powder! recipe is a keeper.ReplyDelete
Wow, have never made paneer using milk powder. A useful recipe especially when one runs out of milk at home and needs to make paneer.ReplyDelete
I learnt this when I was living in Nigeria Mayuri.. we had to be creative and make everything from the stuff available there those days.Delete
I tried this and it turned out perfect.. It was so yummy and had great texture.. The paneer that I usually make with fresh milk is more crumbly.. This recipe gives me perfect cubes which makes it easier for me to use it in my cooking.ReplyDelete
I am glad to hear that you tried it and it came out perfectDelete
Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to try it with fermented fruit vinegar.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear that. Do share the feedback when you makeDelete
Is the powdered milk non-fat or does it need some fat in it?ReplyDelete
It is full fat milk powder. You will not get good results with low fat powder.Delete