Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Super fast dish made with home made cheese

There is a very simple way to make cheese from milk, and this type of cheese is very common in India. So how do you do it? It's very simple, and takes only a few minutes.

A lot of people are curious how to make fresh cheese at thome. It is easy really.

I'll describe how to make fresh cheese, and a simple recipe using fresh onions and tomatoes. So here it goes:

I. Make Fresh Cheese From Milk:
1. Boil 1/2 gallon milk on stove or microwave.
2. After it comes to a full boil, put two tablespoon of vinegar in it, and keep stirring. As you are stirring you'll see cheese forming and separating from water. Keep stirring until you see the liquid become more or less clear. It looks like Cottage Cheese.
3. Strain the cheese in a strainer. That's it, home made cheese is ready!

It could be used for making sandwiches right away, or you can make paneer burji in another 10 mins.

=> I usually boil milk in the microwave, as it's easy to clean up. For 1/2 gallon of milk, my microwave usually takes 6-8 min, but be sure to watch it.

II. Making Indian Panner Burji (Fresh made cheese with ginger, onions, tomatoes)


  • 1/2 onion if it's big (or 1 small one) chopped
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Garam Masala (Optional)
  1. In a pan, heat some oil.
  2. Put some minced ginger in it.
  3. Put chopped onions in it, and let it become light brown.
  4. Put diced tomatoes in it (fresh or canned)
  5. Add salt, pepper according to taste.
  6. Add turmeric powder.
  7. Cook for about 5 mins (till most of the water is dried).
  8. Put fresh made cheese in it.
  9. Add some garam masala if you have it.
  10. Serve with bread.

Wasn't that simple. You can make the cheese ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. And then when you are ready just make sandwiches with it, or make delicious fresh paneer burji with onions, tomatoes, and ginger and serve it hot!

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