Khoa Or Dried Milk And Paneer Or Cottage Cheese / Easy Method

In many of my recipes I have mentioned about khoya or dried milk and paneer/cottage cheese or chhena. Today I am sharing easy method to make both khoya and chhena. I will try to add step by step picture later.

Khoya or dried milk

2 litter milk


1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan.

2. Let the milk cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.

3. Scrape the sides to avoid burning.

4. Milk will be changed into a thick mass. Like this πŸ‘‡

5. It can take 2 to 2:30 hours.

6. After reducing I have got 1 and 1/2 cup tightly packed khoya/mawa or dried milk from 2 litter milk.

Paneer Or Cottage Cheese

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4

tablespoon or as require


1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.

3. Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

4. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer.

5. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

7. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

8. Now paneer or cottage cheese will be look like this πŸ‘‡

9. This cottage cheese can be use to make curry, stuffing for paratha, cutlets or make different kinds of sweets.

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Beetroot Dal Or Lentil Curry

Beetroot dal or lentil curry.
A delicious protein rich dal with all the goodness of beetroot.
Its a superbly delicious dal. Perfect accompany with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.
I did not use onion garlic in it but you can use if you want.

Arhar/toor dal or split pigeon peas is a most favourite dal of my son. So I always try to make it in some different ways.
I have shared three more dal recipes here.
Whole Masoor dal or red lentils

Dal palak or pigeon peas with spinach

Egg dal tadka

To get beetroot recipes click on the name below.

Beetroot shot

Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie

Beetroot rice

Black rice oats and beetroot pancakes

Beetroot appe

Beetroot cutlets

Pigeon peas or arhar dal or toor dal is very delicious and easy to make lentil. And not only it taste great but it is also good for our health.
There is a wide range of impressive health benefits associated with pigeon peas, including their ability to stimulate growth, manage blood pressure, prevent anemia, and boost heart health. It also aids in weight loss, improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, increases energy, and eliminates inflammation.

Added beetroot in it. Which is low in fat. Full of vitamins, potassium, iron, nitrate and packed with powerful antioxidants. Its known as super food.
And it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Not only that beetroot nutrition can also make your skin glow.

Inspired by the recipe from a blog post of my fellow blogger and friend Amrita Iyer. She made this dal with beetroot greens. Loved her recipe
Beetroot greens dal fry. Thanks Amrita for the idea of adding beetroot in toor dal.

We love the taste of beetroot so made this dal with beetroot but you can also use beetroot green as Amrita’s recipe.


Toor/arhar dal or split pigeon peas – 1/2 cup

Beetroot – 1 medium

Tomato – 2 large

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Ginger – 1 inch piece,

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Asafetida or hing – 1/4 teaspoon +1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter or oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup


1. Wash the dal or lentil and soak for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Grate or finely chop the beetroot. Chop green chilli, cilantro and tomatoes.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or oil in a pressure cooker.

4. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let the seeds splutter.

5. Now add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing, bay leaf and dry red chilli.
See notes if you are using onion garlic.

6. Add beetroot, tomatoes, ginger and green chilli.

7. Add salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Saute till dried up and tomato becomes mushy.

9. Add the lentil or dal. Mix well.

10. Add water and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Close the lid. Cook for 3 – 4 whistle or until the dal becomes soft.

12. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

13. Take out the dal in a serving bowl.

14. Heat 1 – 2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a small pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to splutter, remove the pan from heat.

15. Add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing and dry red chilli. Stir well.

16. Pour this tempering over the dal.
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

17. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread.


1. You can use any dal or lentil if you don’t have split pigeon peas or toor dal.

2. You can use onion garlic if you want. Add finely chopped 1 onion and minced garlic with bay leaf and fry till onion becomes light brown. Then add tomatoes and beetroot.

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Multigrain Bread And Peanut Butter

Multigrain bread and homemade peanut butter.
I love the aroma of freshly baked bread. A bread made with Whole wheat or atta, soyabean, sorghum or jowar, pearl millet or bajra flour and flax seed powder.
If you can make your bread at home with healthy ingredients then why to use store bought bread with harmful chemicals.

Your daily bread could contain cancer-causing chemicals, including Potassium Bromate and Potassium Iodate, substances that are banned in many countries, but not in India due to slack food regulations, warns a new report released by the Centre for Science and Environment.
In 1999, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified Potassium Bromate as possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing) to humans.

So try to avoid store bought bread and make your own bread at home with healthy ingredients.
You can get some more bread recipes here. Click on the names to get recipe

Whole wheat bread

Cheesy bread

Oats, flaxseed whole wheat bread

Focaccia with whole wheat and soya bean flour

Bread making is not so difficult. Just don’t be impatient. Have some patience to knead the dough well till soft and elastic and give time to rise the dough. And feel the excitement and joy of making your own bread from scratch.

I have used soyabean flour, sorghum or jowar flour and pearl millet or bajra flour. You can use any flour of your choice, like ragi or finger millet, corn, oats powder etc.


Whole Wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Sorghum or jowar flour – 1 cup

Pearl millet or bajra flour – 1/4 cup

Flax seed powder – 3 tablespoon

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Dry yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Warm water – 1 & 1/4 cup

Sesame seed to sprinkle


Mix sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Water should be warm not hot. Stir well and cover. Keep in a warm place for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl mix all the flour, flax seed powder, milk powder, salt, oil and vinegar. Mix and add the yeast mixture.

Add warm water and knead a soft dough. You have to knead it really well. Knead for at least 7-8 minutes. It will be a sticky smooth dough. If you feel your dough is too sticky you can add little more flour. Place it in a greased bowl. Smear with oil. Cover loosely with a kitchen napkin. Keep it in a warm place for 2 hours. I have kept it in the oven.

After 2 hours take out the dough. It will be double. Punch down the dough.

Spread some flour on a flat surface. Knead the dough again. You can add little more flour if require. Knead well and smear with oil. Now it will be not sticky but a stretchable soft dough.

Make it flat with the help of your oil greased palm. Roll it from one side to make a loaf. Press the sides and place in a greased loaf pan. Press the sides gently.

Brush little water over it. Or level with your wet fingers.
Sprinkle little sesame seeds all over it.
Again place in a warm place for 1 hours more or until doubled.

Preheat the oven at 180Β° for 10 minutes.
When preheated place the loaf pan in middle rack and bake for 30 minutes or until the colour becomes golden brown.

Your homemade healthy multigrain healthy bread is ready. Don’t try to slice it when hot. It may be crumbled.
Let it cool down completely. Slice them and toast. These breads are taste best when toasted. Spread butter or jam. I like these bread with thick layer of homemade peanut butter.
Or make sandwiches with the stuffings of your choice.

For peanut butter

Dry roast 1 cup peanut. Let it cool down. Remove and discard the skin. Grind it with 1/4 teaspoon salt. I have used sea salt. Use your dry grinder to grind. When it becomes coarse powder. Stir with a spoon. Grind again for few seconds. Stir and repeat the process till the peanuts release oil and become a paste like consistency.
Delicious peanut butter is ready. Store it in a airtight jar and keep in refrigerator for later use.


1. You can use any flour of your choice, like ragi or finger millet, oats powder, corn etc.

2. You can use warm milk instead of water.

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