Malai Paneer

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Malai Paneer
Malai Paneer
Servings:Servings: 10 - Makes about 450 g
Calories per serving:1
Ready in:5 hours, 30 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:5 hours, 15 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:3rd November 2012

This is a creamier version of the famous Indian cheese.


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Mise en place


  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring from time to time until it is boiling (about 100° C (225° F).
  2. Add the vinegar, stir and remove from heat immediately.
  3. Leave for up to 30 seconds until curds have formed.
  4. Line a colander with a double layer of boiled cheesecloth and place in the sink or over a large bowl.
  5. Pour the cheese into the colander and allow to drain until it is cool enough to handle.
  6. Collect the edges of the cloth and fold them to cover the curds.
  7. Fill a heavy pan with cold water and place on the top of the cloth.
  8. Leave until the cheese is firm - this can take from three to five hours.
  9. Remove the pan and the cloth and wrap in cling-film.
  10. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Serving suggestions

The cheese can be crumbled, fried or grilled.


If you are on a low-fat diet, try our more traditional Paneer recipe which does not use cream.

You can make a totally organic version by using organic milk and vinegar, including cider or white vinegar.

Chef's notes

If you wish, you can freeze it for up to two months by placing in a self-seal bag and an airtight box such as a Lock&Lock box.

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