Homemade Paneer Cheese


Making homemade paneer cheese is very easy and I find it really satisfying. It takes a while, but the process can be done while you’re doing other things, as there is very little to actually do with it.

The leftover whey is such a valuable bi-product, with many possible uses.

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Homemade Paneer Cheese

This is a great way to use a carton of milk that's close to date. Not only do you avoid waste, you have the perfect ingredient for a fab Indian curry!
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Resting time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Staples
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: home made paneer, paneer, thermomix paneer
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 1242kcal


  • Nut milk bag


  • 2 L full cream milk
  • 100 g lemon juice fresh


  • Line a colander with a nut milk bag and sit it over a bowl. Set aside.
  • Place milk in mixer bowl. Heat 16 minutes/100/speed 2/MC on, or until you see the temperature reach 100 – it may take slightly less or more time than this, just watch to see when the temperature reaches 100 and proceed to next step when it does.
  • Add lemon juice. Mix 1 minute/speed 1/MC on. You will see through the hole in the lid that the curds and whey will separate.
  • Pour contents of mixer bowl into nut milk bag, then rinse under the tap to avoid lemon flavour in the paneer (you don't have to rinse – I don't, as I love paneer having a lemony taste!)
  • Now, either suspend the colander over a bowl that it doesn't sit snuggly inside, or hang the nut milk bag somewhere, placing a bowl underneath it to catch the drips. Leave for 1-2 hours.
  • Place nut milk bag (with cheese still in it) on a dinner plate. On top of this, place a heavy object with a flat base. Leave for half an hour. This will compress the cheese and make it nice and firm.
  • Paneer is now ready to use – either add it as is to warm sauces, or fry it first.


Don’t let the whey run down the drain, instead catch it and use it, it’s great stuff – perfect for use as the liquid in smoothies, or the liquid component in bread, or add a little to the water when soaking dried legumes before cooking.


Serving: 1batch | Calories: 1242kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 2743mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 104g | Vitamin A: 3246IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 2266mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note, nutrition information is calculated via an online recipe nutrition calculator and is a guide only. It is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed 100% accurate. I am not a nutritionist or trained health professional.

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1 month ago

Can i use the bottled lemon juice if i can’t find/afford fresh lemons? Or maybe use vinegar instead? Thanks in advance. Im not able to work(chronic complex health condition) so always looking for how to stretch the budget.

Joanne Whittington
7 years ago

currently have this on it’s way.
I’m looking for some sort of crumb to coat it though, any ideas? 🙂

8 years ago

Hi just wondering if the milk needs to be non-homogenised? Thanks 🙂

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