Friday, November 11, 2011

Soft Cottage Cheese

I am back with another recipe, now going for a somewhat healthy option. Who says healthy and yummy don't go together?'s good for health and tasty as well. Cottage cheese is a very basic form of cheese, which can easily be made at home. The recipe I am sharing here uses dry milk powder.

I have a very stron dislike for the gawale wala doodh, how much ever people stress upon its health benefit. For my non-desi readers gawale wala doodh is the raw milk that a milkman delivers at your doorstep or you can go and purchase it from a milk shop and it is supposedly fresh and healthy (I have objections to both descriptions). No offense meant, but it stinks. I can't bear the smell of this raw milk when it's heating up. I have always been a packaged milk loving person.

Somehow my family has gotten convinced that the packaged milk variety available in my country is not healthy enough, so the fall back product is dry milk powder.

You can use any dry milk powder for this recipe. I used the instant kind, and that is the only kind I know. If you know any non instant milk powder, you can also give it a try, but I can't guarantee results.



1 cup hot water
3/4 cup dry milk powder
1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
Salt , to taste - optional

Put water and milk powder in a blender and blend until well mixed. Make sure there aren't any lumps in the mixture. Pour milk into a saucepan foam and all, and put on medium low heat. Pour vinegar slowly down the sides of the pan. Stir slowly and heat until curds separate from whey (it would take around 2- 3 minutes). Remove from heat. Let it sit for one minute. Pour into a colander or a muslin cloth. Wash first with hot water and then cold water. Remove all water by pressing the cheese with hands (in muslin cloth) or with the back of a spoon. Scoop out the cheese into a jar or a bowl. If it is too dry add a teaspoon or so of milk or buttermilk and mix.

Add salt if you like it. You can also add fresh herbs like parsley or corriander leaves . Enjoy on a toast for breakfast or on a salad for lunch. Store in refrigerator. Use with in 3 days.

Happy cooking!!!

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