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8 Grilled Vegetarian/Vegan Delights

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A compilation of eight Vegetarian/Vegan grill recipes.



I am bringing to you a Tempting Tuesday post with lots of color and vibrance today. This post is a compilation of eight of my favorite recipes that involve grilling. Late summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and char those beautiful summer vegetables and produce and make a healthy vibrant meal.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and bring out that grill!

Vegetarian Souvlaki Rolls [Vegan option available]


Greek flavored grilled vegetables and a zingy yogurt sauce, rolled in your favorite bread.  I highly recommend a garlic naan bread. Just the colors in this dish will brighten up your day. Use vegan yogurt to make the recipe vegan.

How to make vegetable souvlaki recipe, souvlaki gyros, vegetarian souvlaki recipe, vegan souvlaki recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


Grilled Cauliflower Summer Bowls [Vegan]


A vibrant summer bowl of spicy grilled Cauliflower, chewy Black Rice, fresh vibrant summer salad all tossed with a mint coriander oil. Rainbow in a bowl!

How to make grilled cauliflower recipe, spicy grilled cauliflower recipe, roasted cauliflower recipe, how to make black rice recipe, summer recipes, one bowl recipes at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


Grilled Vegetable Open Sandwich [Vegan]


Grilled Summer vegetables over a bed of mashed ripe avocado on a slice of crusty sourdough bread. Perfect for healthy mornings!

vegan grilled summer vegetable open sandwich


Corn Tomato Bharta [Vegan]


Pureed sweet summer tomatoes and sweet corn simmer along with aromatics and spices to make a delicious curry. Serve it up hot with roti, naan or rice.



Grilled Eggplant and Coriander Hummus Rolls [Vegan]


There is no way we are talking about grilling and skipping the eggplant. Thinly sliced eggplant is grilled and rolled with coriander (cilantro) hummus to make finger licking rolls.

How to make grilled aubergine or brinjal hummus rolls at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


Grilled Vegetable Open Sandwich [Vegan option available]


Two crusty chunks of rye bread, a generous helping of creamy tartar sauce and the hero - a garlic and chilli marinated slab of Paneer that is grilled to perfection. Oh ya and lettuce too. That's what is in this Grilled Paneer Sub Sandwich. Replace the Paneer with Tofu to make the recipe vegan.

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Instant Paneer Tikka [Vegan option available]


Paneer, Capsicum and Tomato coated in an instant marinade of spices and grilled to make a quick weekday snack. This Paneer Tikka is perfect for the lunch box too. Replace the Paneer with Tofu to make the recipe vegan.

instant quick paneer tikka masala grilled capsicum pepper tomato spices


Bean and Grilled Veggie Burger with Coriander Cashew Sauce [Vegan]


Vegan burger with a patty made from grilled vegetables and red kidney beans and topped with a sauce made from coriander and cashews.

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Grilled Paneer Sub Sandwich

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Two crusty chunks of  rye bread, a generous helping of creamy tartar sauce and the hero - a garlic and chilli marinated slab of Paneer that is grilled to perfection. Oh ya and lettuce too. That's what is in this Grilled Paneer Sub Sandwich. Eat that and tell me if you complain!!

How to make tandoori paneer grilled cottage cheese sandwich recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

We had this absolutely amazing cookout event in office organized by Slurp Studio where they had grilled Paneer, caramelized onions, sauted mushrooms, fresh tomato slices and many more mouth watering ingredients along with a variety of breads and spreads. We had to build our own sandwich and I tried this Grilled Paneer Sandwich that left me obsessed with it even after the day was over.

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I had to HAD to have it again. I mentioned it to my sister Gee who got super excited. More than me I think to have this sandwich, it's funny, she did not even have it the first time. But then, that's her. She's totally obsessed with sandwiches. She hacks into my Pinterest account searching for mouth watering juicy sandwiches. I think she's trying to find the ultimate vegetarian Moist Maker just like Monica Geller's.

Building a sandwich is so much about the perfect bread than about the filling I feel. I'm sooo into Artisan breads. That hard crust and soft crumb makes my mouth water. I could probably eat warm Artisan bread with some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper all day long. And I really NEEDED an artisan bread loaf to recreate the Sandwich of my dreams. Yes! that's what I shall call it, Sandwich of my Dreams!!! 

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Now Bangalore's a big city where you get pretty much anything but you don't get it everywhere. So my hunt for Artisan bread took me to many famous bakery in South Bangalore, but I was sorely disappointed by the results.

Finally, I took to online shopping. I found this amazing looking herb crusted artisan bread, and I ordered it ASAP. Imagine my disappointment when it came pre-sliced like a regular bread loaf. I had imagined this Sub and I got teeny tiny slices. I immediately returned it. Luckily for me Gee was gracious enough to go all the way to the center of the city to get me this beautiful looking German Rye Bread. Two Thumps UP!!!

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Bread sorted out, now let's get on to my Grilled Paneer. This super easy grilled paneer is marinated in a very simple marinade made of ingredients found in your pantry - Oil, Paprika or Red Chilli Powder, Garlic Paste, Cumin powder and salt. Marinate the paneer for 30 mins to 1 hour. I grilled the paneer on a grill pan to get that beautiful char lines, but you can grill it in the oven or a greased pan as well. A coal barbeque is actually the best way to cook it, as it will add that wonderful smokey flavor. The paneer really doesn't need to be cooked for any particular amount of time. The cooking is only to soften it on the inside and char it on the outside.

You can replace the Paneer with Haloumi or Tofu (for a vegan version). It needs to be a hard cheese that won't melt when grilled at high heat.

How to make tandoori paneer grilled cottage cheese sandwich recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

I also made my own Tartar sauce. It is super simple, just chop and add. If you don't have the ingredients, you can just use Vegetarian Mayo.  You can also use add some mint puree to regular mayo to get mint mayo. Mint mayo goes really well with this sandwich.

Lastly the fresh ingredients, I kept it simple with just lettuce, you can add sliced tomatoes and onions.

The instructions for building the sandwich are as per what I made. Take them as just general guideline and feel free to adapt it to your style of sandwich making.

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Grilled Paneer Sub Sandwich


How to make tandoori paneer grilled cottage cheese sandwich recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comSandwich made with rye bread and grilled marinated paneer along with a home-made tartar sauce and lettuce. 

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     15 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4

Ingredients:


For Grilled Paneer:


400gms fresh Paneer
1.5 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1.5 tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Cumin Powder
Salt to taste

For Home-made Tartar Sauce:


1 cup vegetarian Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp chopped Dill Pickle
1 tsp Lime juice
1 tsp finely chopped Dill leaves
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

For the Sandwich:


2 loaves Rye Bread (or any Artisan Bread loaf)
Grilled Paneer
Tartar Sauce
Lettuce leaves

Method:


For Grilled Paneer:


Mix together the extra virgin olive oil, garlic paste, red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt to make a marinade.
Slice the paneer into slabs, about 0.8-1 cm thick.
Marinate the paneer. Cover and keep aside for at least 30 minutes.
Heat up a grill pan or on a barbeque grill, grill the paneer for 1-2 minutes on each side until char marks appear.

For Home-made Tartar Sauce:


Mix together all the ingredients to make a simple tartar sauce.
Adjust lime, salt or pepper according to your taste.

For the Sandwich:


Halve the bread lengthwise.
Layer the lower half of the bread with lettuce.
Place the grilled paneer slab on it.
Spread the tartar sauce on the paneer.
Cover with the other bread slice to make the Grilled Paneer Sandwich.

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Instant Paneer Tikka (Vegan Option Available)

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I absolutely LOVE these Instant Paneer Tikkas. Just what I needed to brighten up a really boring week.

instant quick paneer tikka masala grilled capsicum pepper tomato spices
I've been bored to death this week. A continuing bus strike meant me not going to office. I had to work from home. Alone!! So boring. I miss talking to people. All alone at home means I talk to myself or my TV talks to me. Not so entertaining, really.

I love meeting up my friends at work in the morning over an extended tea break and chatting away. We talk about everything, from real serious technical stuff to light hearted sitcoms. I miss these "Tea Sessions", as we call it, the most. It's my best part of the day in office. There are times I go to office early just so as to reach in time for Tea.

So as I prepared myself for yet another ALONE Tea Session (Sigh), I decided to add some spice into it with something so tasty that I forget I am alone.

instant quick paneer tikka masala grilled capsicum pepper tomato spices

When I am dull or bored, I cook. Cooking wakes me up like nothing else can. And especially trying something new is always so much more exciting. I looked through my fridge and I had - Capsicum and Paneer and some Cherry Tomatoes. An idea formed. Voila - Instant Paneer Tikkas.

These Paneer Tikkas need no overnight marination or complicated setup. They took hardly 30 minutes from start to finish. Now that's INSTANT in my dictionary.

I used what I had in my fridge - Capsicum, Tomato and Paneer. You can use anything with the Paneer. The usual combinations are Capsicum, Onion or Tomato. But you can get creative and may be pop in a mushroom or a thick slice of Zucchini.

instant quick paneer tikka masala grilled capsicum pepper tomato spices

I liked the idea of individual sized portions, hence I used toothpicks. You can use real skewers to pile on all your favorite things on it. For it to be as Instant as mine, use quick cooking ingredients only, If you want to skewer on Potato or Corn, you may probably want to parboil them first. that makes it a little less instant-ty, but definitely not any less tasty.

For the marination, use thick yogurt or curd, I tend to always have at least a bowl of homemade yogurt in the fridge, so no worries there for me. If the curd or yogurt you have is thin, then place it in a tea strainer or a muslin cloth for around half hour to let the whey drain off and you will have nice thick curd. I've used a bunch of spice powders to made the marinade. If you want it to be even more instant, use store bought Tandoori Masala and it will taste just as good.

instant quick paneer tikka masala grilled capsicum pepper tomato spices

Paneer Tikka is always grilled. I grilled mine in the oven. But if you do not have any means of grilling it, then you can shallow fry them. Just don't cook it for very long, they will lose that silky smooth texture of the paneer.

If you are a Vegan, you can replace the Paneer with Tofu and the yogurt with some Lime juice.




Instant Paneer Tikkas


instant quick paneer tikka masala grilled capsicum pepper tomato spicesPaneer, Capsicum and Tomato coated in an instant marinade of spices and grilled. 

Recipe Type:  Snacks / Appetizer
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:                9 Tikkas

Ingredients:


For the Tikka:


100 gms Paneer (use Tofu for a vegan option)
1 small Capsicum or Bell Pepper
1 Cherry Tomato per Tikka (Optional)
3/4-1 tsp Oil per Paneer Tikka

For the Marinade:


2 Tbsp thick Yogurt or Curd (use 1-2 tsp lime juice for a vegan option)
1.5 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1.5 Tbsp Besan or Gram Flour
1/4 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/4 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp Amchur or Dried Mango Powder (Skip if using lime juice or if the yogurt is very sour)
1/4 tsp Chaat Masala (Optional)
A pinch of Hing or Asafoetida
Salt to taste

Method:


Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade.
Cut the Paneer into individual bite sized cubes. Cut the Capsicum to the same size as the Paneer.
Add the paneer and capsicum to the marinade and mix well.
Skewer the capsicum, paneer and the cherry tomato onto the toothpick.
Place them in a greased grilling sheet or pan.
Spoon a little oil over each of the Paneer Tikkas.
Grill them for 10-15 minutes, turning them every 3-4 minutes.
They are ready when they char slightly.
Serve hot with some mint chutney.
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Vegetable Jalfrezi

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Guests coming over and you wanna impress them? Or are you just bored of your usual dinner fare? Jalfrezi can be your answer. Try it !

I saw this lovely photo of Jalfrezi in a magazine, it had me salivating. That one photo was my inspiration to try my hand at Jalfrezi. Jalfrezi has made its presence felt worldwide. It was voted to be UK’s most popular Indian curry a few years ago. And who would believe making it was so easy. 

The only effort needed is actually in cutting the vegetables, but you can totally skip it by buying already cut veggies from the supermarket or using your food processor. And you can relax doing your crossword or watching your favorite show on TV, while it simmers slowly. All it needs is like a check around 5-10 mins. Open the pan, peek, stir, close and back to what ever you were doing. Lovely, isn't it?

The best part is, you can add any vegetables you fancy or use up all your leftover vegetables at the end of the week to make it. I would however recommend adding baby corn as I felt it gives it an added crunch. To make it vegan, replace the paneer with Tofu or totally skip it, you won't be missing out on anything.


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Step by Step Recipe with Photos:


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

1) Cut all vegetables except the onion and tomato into baton sized pieces. Cut the paneer /tofu similarly Chop the onion finely. Puree the tomato. 

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

2) Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds.


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

3) Once they brown slightly, add the onions and saute until they are translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

4) Add the tomato puree. 


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

5) Add ketchup.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

6)  Cook on low heat until the oil separates. Approximately 8-10 minutes.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

7) Now the vegetables like cauliflower, carrot and beans which take a little longer to cook. 

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

8) Add water. Cook on medium high heat until the vegetables are almost done.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

9) Now add the remaining vegetables like baby corn, broccoli, capsicum.
Add the turmeric powder, kitchen king masala, red chilli powder and salt.
Cook until the vegetables are done and the curry has the desired consistency. If it is too thin, you can cook it a little longer.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

10) In the meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the paneer / tofu.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

11) Fry until the paneer is slightly brown.

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12) Add the paneer to the gravy. Add sugar/jaggery to suit your taste.


13) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

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Vegetable Jalfrezi


Tomato gravy based curry made with mix vegetables and spices.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:          North Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              5-6


Ingredients:


1 medium sized Onion
3 medium sized Tomatoes
1 cup Cauliflower florets
0.5 cup Broccoli florets
2 small Carrots
10-12 Green Beans
8-10 Baby corn
1 Capsicum (or a mix of colored Capsicums/Peppers)
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
100gms Paneer or Tofu
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1.5 cups Water
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
1 tsp Kitchen King Masala or Garam Masala
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Sugar or Jaggery (Optional but recommended)
1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
Salt to taste

Method:


Cut all vegetables except the onion and tomato into baton sized pieces. Cut the paneer / tofu similarly.
Chop the onion finely.
Puree the tomato.
Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once they brown slightly, add the onions and saute until they are translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.
Add the tomato puree and ketchup allow it to cook on low heat until the oil separates (approximately 8-10 mins)
Now the vegetables like cauliflower, carrot and beans which take a little longer to cook. 
Add water.
Cook on medium high heat until the vegetables are almost done.
Now add the remaining vegetables like baby corn, broccoli, capsicum.
Add the turmeric powder, kitchen king masala, red chilli powder and salt.
Cook until the vegetables are done and the curry has the desired consistency. If it is too thin, you can cook it a little longer.
In the meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the paneer / tofu and lightly fry it until it turns brown.
Add the paneer to the gravy.
Add sugar/jaggery to suit your taste.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice.




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Beetroot Pulao with mixed Vegetables

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It's been over a month since my last post. I can attribute it to nothing but heat, laziness and of course, my travels. With so many recipes in the backlog, I must be more diligent but sometimes laziness just rules :) Anyway, better late than never.

You can love it, you can hate it, but ignoring the bright vibrant magenta vegetable is very difficult. I hate the way it colours almost everything it touches from my chopping board to my hands. But its earthy sweetness lets me forget this. I generally just stick to the simple beetroot palya or sambhar. But this time thought of doing something different. I assumed a beetroot pulao would end up being red and sweet. I was wrong on both accounts. The colour is actually due to turmeric and spices rather than the beetroot and the taste was very earthy rather than sweet. I added other vegetables because I had them. You can add any vegetable you like or skip them altogether. This is one simple one-pot meal I've made multiple times...




Beetroot Pulao with mixed Vegetables

Beetroot Pulao

Pilaf / Pulao made with beetroot and other mixed vegetables.
Recipe Type:  Main Course
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              2-3 Servings

Ingredients:

3/4 cup peeled and cubed Beetroot
3-4 Babycorn
1 small Capsicum
1 Onion
1/4 cup Green Peas
50gms Paneer (cut into small cubes)
1/2" piece or 1 tsp paste of Ginger
2-3 cloves or 1 tsp paste of Garlic
3/4 cup Rice (uncooked)
1 Bay leaf
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2-3 dry Red Chillies (as per taste)
1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
1/2" piece Cinnamon
1-2 Clove
1 Cardamom
A pinch Nutmeg
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Milk
3 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Maggi magic cube (veg)
Salt


Method:

  • Wash the rice 2-3 times. Soak the rice in the 1 cup of water and keep aside.
  • Dry roast the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, cardamom, nutmeg and red chillies until slightly brown.
  • Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
  • Grind into a fine powder. You can store this powder in an airtight box for 1-2 months.
  • Heat the oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Add chopped onions and fry until translucent
  • Crush the ginger and garlic into a paste and fry along with the onions until fragrant.
  • Add the pulao powder and mix well
  • Add all the vegetables and mic well. Stir fry for around 30-60 secs.
  • Add the rice along with the water.
  • Add the milk.
  • Add the turmeric powder, maggi cube and salt.
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  • As soon as you can open the cooker, fluff the rice with a fork to prevent it from forming a sticky mess.
  • Serve hot with some cool raita.


Note:

1) If you are in a hurry, you can replace the pulao powder with 1/2 tsp or more of garam masala or store bought biryani or pulao masala
2) The vegetables used here are optional. You can replace it with anything available and still have a wonderful pulao. By anything available, I mean any of the traditional vegetables used for pulao/biryani and not vegetables like brinjal/eggplant, okra which may mush up on cooking.
3) Maggi's magic cube is a taste enhancer. You can replace it with a pinch of ajinomoto or skip it all together. It is better to skip this if you plan on giving this to kids.


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Palak paneer

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Popeye's favourite and mine too... Spinach aka palak is very rich in nutrients and what better way to eat it than palak paneer. Easy to make and delicious. Use homemade paneer for extra taste.



Ingredients:

Palak / Spinach - 1 bunch or 3 cups
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic - 1-2 cloves
Ginger - 1/2" piece
Green chillis - 1-2 (you may increase or decrease depending on your liking and the spicyness of the chillis)
Jeera/cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Amchur / Dry mango powder - 1 tsp or Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Paneer - 1 cup or 200gms (cubed)
Salt

Method:

Wash the palak leaves until clean.
Boil 4 cups of water in a pan.
Add the palak leaves. Do not cover the pan. Allow the leaves to boil for 3 mins. This gives the palak paneer the bright green color. If you are in a hurry, you can pressure cook the palak for 1 whistle.
Switch off the gas and let the leaves be there for another 2 mins
In another pan, add ice cold water (around 2-3 cups)
Drain the palak and immediately immerse in the ice cold water
Grind the onion along with the ginger and garlic into a paste.
Cool the palak and grind it into a paste along with the green chillis.
Heat oil in a kadhai.
Add the cumin seeds.
Once the cumin seeds splutter, add the onion paste and cook.
After around 2-3 minutes add the palak mixture.
Add salt.
Add water if required and cook for around 5 minutes.
Add the paneer and cook for 2 more minutes.(The paneer can be added as it is or can be fried in a little bit of oil and added)
Serve hot with chapatis.
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Paneer

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People get daunted by the thought of making paneer, but believe me it is one of the easiest things to make. Since the day I learnt to make paneer, I've totally stopped buying it. The advantages of making your own paneer at home is it is fresh. Fresh paneer tastes so much better than store bought paneer. I think the major advantages are the quantity and cost. Generally, packaged paneer comes in 200gm packets, which turns out to be too much for me for one time. And some brands charge you insane rates for that much paneer. Below is an easy recipe to make paneer at home.

Ingredients:

Milk - 1/2 litre
Lime juice or Curd - 1 tbsp

Method:

Boil the milk
Lower the heat to sim
Add lime juice/curd
Allow the milk to curdle
Continue heating in sim mode until the whey (watery part of milk) and the solid curd is separated
Once this is done, allow it to cool for 5 mins
Do not allow it to completely cool down and reach room temperature
When it is still hot, drain out the whey using a muslin cloth
Tie the cloth up and place a weight on it. (I place the cloth on an upturned vessel and place a plate underneath so that the remaining whey is collected in
it. I also place a plate on top of the cloth and keeps books on it as a weight :))
After 15-20 mins, remove the weight and untie the cloth.
Paneer is ready.
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