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« on: December 28, 2011 06:47:45 PM »

So... I love curd.  That's all there is to it!  If you aren't familiar with it, you need to be!  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paneer)

That being said, I was making some curd a while back, and at the last minute I decided to try flavoring it.  I made a batch with some basic seasonings, and a sweet, cinnamon sugar batch.  All I can say is that they were good enough that I decided to share it here!


Salt, Pepper, Basil and Oregano gave a very light fresh taste.


Cinnamon and Sugar made for a sweet treat great on toast!


How To:

I followed the basic steps to making paneer, heat milk until boiling (don't burn!) and pour in a little lemon juice until the milk starts to separate.  Stir the mixture, until separation is complete and strain the curds into a cheese cloth.  (I like to save the whey for use in other recipes.)  After rinsing the curds (to remove the lemon juice), I kneaded it so that it would be very firm.  This is when I added the seasoning. (I don't measure very often, so just add what you like until it looks good!)  I then wrapped the curds in the cheese cloth and set a pot full of water on top for a couple of hours.

Once the curd is ready, there's lots to do with it!  I always like to make a nice subji with paneer, but the herb paneer would also be great in a salad, or sandwich!  The sweet paneer is great on it's own, but I also spread some on toast and it was delicious!  (It was a little difficult to spread since I made it firm so next time I might plan ahead and not knead it or press it as long.)
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011 03:25:18 PM »

wow! I've never had flavoured paneer before, sounds amazing.  I really like to use paneer in salads, so basil paneer would be perfect!
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012 02:00:21 PM »

Yah!  I've always liked feta on salads, so this can make a good alternative.    Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2012 04:23:22 PM »

Homemade paneer, mmmm. My north indian friend, Aastha, didn't understand making your own paneer as she has always just bought the huge package and froze it. Since she taught me to use paneer, I've been interested in trying this myself.

Is it really that easy? Warm and stir milk, add lemon juice to look, strain and press? Daaamn, I want the cinnamon sugar one. Even better, CUMIN flavored! I would go crazy on that! Taco flavored, five spice, garden-fresh basil and garlic, spinach INSIDE the paneer inside the palak paneer? Way meta! I'm excited now, I may have to buy milk to test this.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012 08:22:42 AM »

Haha!  That's about how excited I got when I first realized you could flavor it!  And it really is that easy, I've been making it on my own since grade school, so it can't be too hard!  There are videos online for how to make it, and it might help to watch one of those before your first go.
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