Easy Homemade Paneer/Cottage Cheese Best Suited for Kids

When babies do not prefer milk, the best way we try is to give them indirectly. Then why not in the form of paneer? And since I was not comfortable in giving packaged paneer for my 1-year-old baby, the best option was to make paneer at home. I was not sure whether using lime to make paneer for the baby is fine, considering babies digestion. Therefore I started making fresh paneer with curd. Curd is good for babies. So here it goes with the simple procedure.

What is paneer?
Paneer is fresh cheese. It is a non-melting cheese. Also called as cottage cheese.


  • 1 litre full-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup curd
  1. Boil the milk. Keep stirring occasionally.
  2. Keep a cotton cloth ready to strain.
  3. When the milk comes to boil (you don’t have to boil too much as it is full-fat milk), add curd and keep stirring while the stove is on.
  4. Turn off the stove as soon as the milk curdles (if it doesn’t curdle add more curd).
  5. Strain the paneer in a cotton cloth.
  6. Leave it for a couple of hours for all the excess water to drain off.
  7. And the paneer is now ready to make anything your baby would prefer.
To start with, I just stir-fried paneer with some butter, made some stuffed paneer parathas, and ragullas with very little brown sugar, which my baby liked! So with this, we are happy that somehow milk is given and also some changes/variety which all the kids expect.
Please note, once prepared, I refrigerate and only for 3 days. I use them for my baby considering freshness. The remaining paneer is kept to make something for us and is refrigerated for a week.
Benefits of paneer for babies:
  • Healthy hair and skin
  • Growth
  • Rich in minerals
  • Bone development
  • Immunity

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