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Paneer Kheer / Chena Kheer / Cottage Cheese Pudding

OMG I had such a hectic weekend… Scroll down to the recipe if you don’ want to read this longgggg story of how my weekend unfolded.

My car broke down in the middle of the road late Friday night while my husband was out of town and I was on my way to Target to buy a serving dish for Masterchef (lol I have high hopes ;-), but shouldn’t we all). Masterchef was coming to Kansas City for the open casting call the next morning & I seriously wanted to go see what the experience would be like and learn from the other contestants. You know to get an idea & see how long they have been cooking etc & how I would fair and what I could learn from it all. I am all about the learning 😉 well and winning but learning too! hehe. I try and learn or attempt one new thing every month as a life rule, so this was going to be ‘one’ for the month of October 2013.

So the next morning I got my car towed and a friend helped me get to the Mechanic, sadly the mechanic wasn’t done till 4:30 pm to tell me that there was no ‘fuel’ in my car!!! Seriously, what a riot for no gas. Apparently my fuel gauge was not working so it was showing that I had a full tank! (Now this time it wasn’t my fault for driving it empty, lol).

But regardless in the mean time in between trips to the mechanic & studying & an online Tajweed class (I am getting my BA in Islamic Studies at Islamic Online University) I made Paneer Kheer for the casting call and managed to cool it down quickly. I got my car and was home by 5:30 pm to pick up my kheer and head to the city which is approximately 20 mins away depending on traffic, etc (I knew it was a lost cause but I am always willing to try). I got there by 5:50pm but I couldn’t find parking when I finally did I couldn’t find the entrance… Try finding an entrance for a casting call when the line is not there! Oh well the hotel people finally let me in from another entrance but sadly I couldn’t see anyone there from casting team… I guess they were all gone. But no worries I got to eat my wonderful kheer, and so did my husband & a couple of our friends (my husband ate most of it so I had very little to share, lol) but Alhamdullilah (Praise be to God) I am truly a happy girl :).

In the mean time I made a new friend while I was stranded on the road… A couple of nice people stopped to ask me if I needed help and were really kind. A beautiful person stayed with me through out the ordeal and even asked her husband (who was probably happily at home) to come help me out. Overland Park, KS have really nice people (& I do love it here). Since I am new in town I am truly glad that I have gotten to know one more person living close by…

Thank you to Gayle and Steve Rice, my friends Mehwish and Sameera and their wonderful husbands for helping me out. It was a fun late night party on the middle of the road (& no, no cops showed up to break it off 😉 )

Now I just have a few days left in October to try out something new! Wish me luck!

So here goes the recipe for Paneer Kheer 🙂 Enjoy.


8 cups of Whole Milk – divided into 2 parts.
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
½ cup sugar (or as per taste)
A pinch of Saffron
1 packet of any sweetener (or regular white powdered sugar)
2 to 3 Green Cardamom – crushed to make powder or (¼ tsp cardamom powder)
4 – 5 Cashew Nuts – crushed
Pistachios to garnish

Cookware needed:
1 Non-stick pan or Enamel based cookware
1 Steel pan

In a steel pan add 4 cups of milk and bring to a boil (stirring occasionally).
As the milk boils add the lemon juice and let the milk curdle (to make paneer).
Once you see a yellowish whey you know your paneer is ready.
Switch off the stove and strain the paneer in a cheesecloth.
Pour cold water over the paneer, tie and let it sit in the cheesecloth for 30 minutes.


In the mean time use a non-stick pan or an enamel based pan and boil the other 4 cups of milk (stirring occasionally)
Grind saffron and one packet of the sweetener and add to the boiling milk.
Cook this milk on low flame till it has been reduced to half (stirring occasionally).


Remove the paneer from the cheesecloth and grind it in a food processor if desired. This will give it a smoother texture. (You do not need to this step but I wanted it crushed and smoothed out).


Add the Paneer to the milk mixture and sugar and bring to a boil (stirring occasionally).
In the same food processor add the cashew nuts and grind to bits.
Add the cashew nuts to the kheer (paneer milk mixture) and cook for a few minutes. (stirring occasionally).
Grind cardamom and add the crushed powder (add this last as the flavor will be stronger then and won’t cook out).
Bring the kheer to a boil and turn off heat.


Chill before serving.
Garnish with chopped pistachios.


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Easy Sooji Ke Ladoo


1 cup roasted Sooji – (Semolina, Cream of Wheat, Farina)
14 oz Fat Free Condensed Milk
5-6 Saffron Strands
4 Cardamons
2 Splendas or 1 tsp regular sugar
1 tbs Ghee – (Clarified Butter)

(Please note: I did not have shredded Coconut powder: 1/2 cup – if you have that, please add it to the recipe after Roasting the Sooji).

Use a Mortar and Pestle to grind up the Sugar, Cardamons (remove the shell) and Saffron Strands.

Make sure it reaches a powdery consistency.

In a non-stick wok add 1 tbs of ghee and let the ghee melt.
Add the roasted Sooji and roast for another few minutes till golden brown and Sooji begins to emit a faint aroma.

Add the can of condensed milk and mix well

Add the Powdered Saffron, Sugar and Cardamon mix and cook till all the milk is absorbed.

It will be a very thick consistency.

Take a pie pan and apply 1/4 tsp butter all over the pan.

Remove the Sooji and place on the pie pan, let it cool for 10 minutes. (Don’t wait too long as it will be hard to make into balls then).

Make balls and place on a wax paper.

Let it cool down for a few minutes and eat 🙂 Please DO NOT over-eat this! As this is a very heavy recipe it may look light but it is not! I have to say this as it disappeared within minutes in my house, while I was rolling the dough into balls. I didn’t even have enough for the picture.

(Note: if Sooji is not Pre-roasted roast Sooji prior to adding Ghee).
(You can added shredded coconut to this recipe to get more texture and flavor).

If you do not wish to add condensed milk follow this recipe:
Roast the sooji for 5 to 10 minutes on a medium flame.
Once ready allow it to completely cool.
Grind the sooji into a fine powder along with 3/4 cup of sugar.
Add the cardamom, saffron powder at this stage and pulse once for even mixing.
Transfer this mixture to a wide bowl.
Melt the ghee and add this to the sooji sugar mixture.
Mix well and make balls.
Sprinkle 1 tbs of milk if balls are hard to prepare.

I will add a picture of this preparation asap.

Happy eating 🙂

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