Yesterday I made cheese I know how farmers wifey is that , frighteningly easy actually , Paneer an Indian Cheese made without the use of rennet and is therefore completely vegetarian but a good source of protein in a vegetarian curry .
Making Paneer this makes about 300g of Paneer
3 pints of whole milk
200ml live plain yoghurt
1. Bring the milk to the boil
2. Once the milk starts to boil and rise up, stir in the yoghurt
3. Keeping the milk on the heat, stir gently to help the milk curdle; it should only take about a minute. The curds will coagulate and separate from the watery whey.
3. Remove from the heat.
4. Line a large sieve with muslin & place over a large bowl or saucepan. Strain the cheese into the sieve and run some cold water through it. Discard the watery whey
5. Wrap the cheese in the cloth and hang from the kitchen tap over the sink to allow the excess water to drain for 20 minutes. Then, keeping it fairly tight, put the paneer onto a clean work surface. Place a heavy weight on top for 30-40 minutes, or until it is flattened into a firm block.
Butternut Squash , Green Beans and Home-Made Paneer Curry
1 medium butternut squash , cut into 1cm cubes
1 medium onion , finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic
400g of tinned tomatoes
1 tbsp of creamed coconut
Two handfuls of green beans , topped and tailed
150g of paneer cut into cubes
1 tbsp of garamasala
1 tsp of tumeric
1 tsp of paprika
1 tbsp of cumin seeds
1 tbsp of coriander seeds
1 tbsp of cardamon pods – seeds removed from the pods
1 handful of fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
Toast the cardomon, cumin , coriander seeds , tumeric , paprika in a little sunflower oil
Add the onion , garlic and cook til softened
Add the tomatoes, squash and half a pint of water and the coconut cream
Simmer for 30 minutes
Meanwhile heat a frying pan with a little sunflower oil , add the cubes of paneer and allow them to brown on all sides
Remove from the heat and pat off an excess oil with little kitchen roll
Add the beans and the paneer to the curry cook for a further 5 minutes
Stir in the coriander leaves and serve with brown rice