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How to Soften Refrigerated Paneer

Hi Lovely People !!
I hope you all in great health. Paneer Masala, Shahi Paneer, Kadai Paneer, the dishes themselves sounds mouth watering. Guess what is common in all ? Yes you are right its Paneer, also called as Cottage Cheese. 
Today I am sharing a helpful tip which will enhance the softness and taste of Paneer(Cottage Cheese) dishes.


We buy Paneer from the market and most of the time we need to store it for some days in the refrigerator. This makes Paneer hard and if we use it in our dishes then we don't get the yummy softness of the Paneer.

To soften the refrigerated Paneer :-

Step 1.  Take a bowl of water and microwave it for a minute.
Step 2.  Take out refrigerated Paneer(Cottage Cheese) and cut them into cubes.
Step 3.  Immerse the cubes into warm water from Step 1 for 5 minutes.
Step 4.  Drain out water and take out Paneer(Cottage Cheese) cubes. 

Soft Paneer(Cottage Cheese) is ready to use now.
If you don't have microwave, just use gas to boil water and immerse Paneer(Cottage Cheese) into the water for 2 minutes and then remove it.

Note :-  Don't put Paneer for more time in water or very hot water than required thinking that it will get more soften. It will only make the Paneer over soft and will start breaking when we put in the gravy.
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  1. I am going to try - keeping in hot water for 5-10 mts - shall report back soon

  2. Thanks a lot for this tip..I had been thinking hardly how can I soften the paneer

  3. The Paneer I bought from the market, turned out to be too hard, but later I soaked it in water (Not wormed water as you suggested) The hardness became more 'rubbery', do advise...Ajeet Gorey

    1. Yes Ajeet it is always advisable to use hot water because cold water thickens the Paneer more. The more the thickness of the Paneer the more hot the water should be.

  4. I tried so many times before to have a soft paneer but it never worked out.After seeing this article I was surprised the way it turned out so soft.Thanks.


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