Diwali, better known as the festival of lights, is a time of year that millions of families look forward to because of all the delicious bites. From savory to sweet, cooking up a storm in the kitchen for this auspicious day is always fun for the entire family.
This year, we added a bit of a twist on some traditional dishes. Paneer, which is a cheese that can easily be made at home with milk, is a popular main ingredient in many recipes. We created three paneer recipes to make on Diwali this year, and they are kid tested and kid approved! Nothing more satisfying for us than creating dishes that the entire family will enjoy.
Before we dive into the recipes, we are going to teach you how to make fresh paneer right at home. With this homemade paneer recipe, you can truly make any of our main dishes right from scratch!
- 1 gallon whole milk
- 4 tablespoons vinegar
- In a large non-stick pot, bring the milk to a boil and reduce the flame to a simmer. Continue to stir the milk as it boils so it doesn’t stick or burn.
- As the milk simmers, line a colander in the sink with cheesecloth.
- Once the milk begins to simmer, add in the vinegar and mix it in well. Continue to simmer the milk for a few minutes until you see the milk beginning to split and curds begin to form.
- Turn off the stove and pour the contents into the cheese cloth lined colander.
- Rinse with a little water and squeeze out the liquid with the cheese cloth.
- If you are making a recipe that doesn’t call for blocks of paneer, step 6 will be your final step.
- If you are making a recipe that does call for blocks of paneer, twist the cheese cloth entirely and squeeze out any excess liquid. Leave the twisted cheese cloth in the colander for 10 minutes so remaining liquid continues to strain.
- On a plate or board, flatten the paneer, keeping it wrapped in the cheese cloth and place a heavy object like a heavy plate on top of it. Keep it in the refrigerator like that for about 2 hours to let it set.
- Remove from the refrigerator and cut it into cubes for recipes that call for cubes of paneer.
PANEER THREE WAYS
It’s not officially Diwali until you have something sweet! This year we will be adding a new dessert to our dessert table – an easy-to-make, no-bake mango pie that is absolutely delicious.