Homemade organic cottage cheese 🧀/paneer n chhena

Cottage cheese / paneer can be used in preparing many dishes like – BBQ paneer, palak paneer, paneer butter masala, paneer pizza 🍕 etc… and chhena is used in preparing many desserts like rasagulla, rasmalai, rajbhog, sandesh etc… Both are very simple to prepare and hardly takes 15mins…


  • 1ltr organic whole milk
  • 1/2C sour curd or half lemon 🍋

How to?

  • Bring organic whole milk to boil ( read this to find out more about why organic milk)…
  • When it comes to boil, simmer and add 1/2 cup of sour curd / squeeze half lemon 🍋 juice gradually while stirring continuously. Within 2 minutes, milk solid and whey (liquid portion) will start to separate..
  • When it separates completely, transfer it to a colander / large sieve having cheesecloth lined over it and drain the whey.
  • Rinse cheese under running water to remove residual lemony taste, incase you’ve used lemon 🍋 juice… if u used sour curd skip this step.
  • Tightly press with a lid to remove any whey….

Cottage cheese/ paneer cubes:

  • Place weight on top and refrigerate for for few hrs.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and unfold the cloth..
  • Gently cut into cubes… Homemade cottage cheese/ paneer is ready!

Chhena (skip the above 3 steps)

  • Once all the whey gets dropped off, knead it so that it acquires a very soft and smooth consistency like this 👇

  • Homemade chhena is ready! Many dessert can be prepared with this, stay tuned for the recipes …

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Hello & Namasthe ! I am Swetha Reddem, a software professional turned yoga professional ( YIC & M.Sc.Yoga from SVYASA Yoga University and teaching yoga since 2018). I have a 8+ years young naughty boy and another one 30+ years young (my husband 😊) . And about my likes - I love ❤️ doing yoga, nothing feels more relaxing than that, photography 📸 , gardening 👩‍🌾 n reading books on Yogic lore. Am a nature lover 🌴 and would try my best not to harm it and a vegetarian by choice from almost 2 decades. Am a DIYer - n prepare most stuff that all my family 👪 n home 🏡 needs from organic grooming n beauty products 👄 👁 👣 💆 to home cleaners and food 🍲🍨🍧🥗🍦🍰🍪🥞🍕🍹 . I am inspired by the zero waste movement, minimalism & eco friendly lifestyle. I would love to share the recipes and my thoughts with you all!

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