Paneer Payasam – Indian Cheese Pudding

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Chef Mireille

Paneer Payasam – Indian Cheese Pudding – An Indian milk pudding made with paneer – a firm Indian cooking cheese.


Paneer Payasam - Indian Cheese Pudding

Many diets advocate high protein low carb meals. As a largely carnivorous society, when we think of protein the first thing that comes to mind is meat. #MeatlessMonday has been a growing trend in recent years and usually people have some kind of recipe with beans to make sure they are still getting their protein. In the protein conversation, people often forget about dairy. Dairy is a very good source of protein and many cultures have a form of cooking cheeses. That is, cheeses that wont melt when cooked. They react to cooking much the same way meat does and can be grilled, fried, roasted or stewed.

Cooking Cheeses

  • Paneer – Paneer is a very common cooking cheese in India. It is very versatile and is used in many different recipes from appetizers to curries to desserts. Although I am presenting a sweet dish today, check out some of my savory recipes. You can find paneer in Indian supermarkets as well as many generic supermarkets with good International sections, as it has gained popularity in recent years.

Paneer Recipes

Paneer Lababdar

Paneer Chaman

Malabari Coconut Paneer

Paneer Mint Kulcha

Raisin Paneer Pulao

  • Halloumi – is a cheese from Cypress, but it is utilized throughout the Middle East. It is most often either fried or grilled. Here are a few ways halloumi can be utilized.

Halloumi Recipes

Oregano Sumac Halloumi

Garlic Herb Baked Halloumi

Halloumi Fig Sandwich

  • Queso de Freier – is the frying cheese from Latin America. Used throughout South & Central America as well as the Spanish speaking Caribbean, it is most often eaten with breakfast like in this Costa Rican Breakfast

This week I am going to be presenting some recipes for these cooking cheeses so you can bring your Meatless Monday to the next level!

I am a big fan of milky puddings and custards for dessert. Known as Payasam in southern India and Kheer in northern India, these milk puddings are very common in India and can be made with any type of ingredients from grains to fruits and vegetables. One really unique one I made recently is Watermelon Pith Kheer. The next time you buy a watermelon, how about avoiding some food waste and trying this kheer that utilizes the white part of the watermelon.


Payasam LR 3

Paneer Payasam – Indian Cheese Pudding is a fabulous chilled dessert is perfect for the approaching summer season.

Payasam LR

I had originally made this payasam when making this mini Bengali Thali. It’s taken over a year but finally all the recipes have been posted. Of course, I did remake this one as it was so delicious I didn’t mind, for this post.

thali -edit

If you’d like to recreate this thali, here are the recipes!

Bengali Thali

Mishti Pulao – Sweet & Savory Spiced Rice

Chingri Macher Kalia – Shrimp & Potato Curry

Alu Chorchori – Potato Dry Curry

Cholar Dal – Coconut Milk Dal


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Paneer Payasam – Indian Cheese Pudding

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 209.15kcal


  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup grated paneer
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • sliced almonds chopped pistacchios, preserved rose (garnish as desired)


  • Combine milk and sweetened condensed milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  • Over medium heat, bring milk to a boil.
  • Add paneer and cook on a high simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add rose water and stir to combine.
  • Transfer to refrigerator and chill.
  • Serve, garnished with almonds, pistacchios and preserved rose as desired.


In America, store bought paneer is much firmer than it is in India. Unless you are using home made paneer, I suggest soaking the paneer in warm water for 15 minutes before making your payasam.


Calories: 209.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.98g | Protein: 9.76g | Fat: 7.58g | Saturated Fat: 4.26g | Sodium: 220.08mg | Sugar: 25.92g
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  1. I’ve come across quite a fe paneer payasam recipes but still haven’t made some as yet. Its on my to do list. Like your tip of soaking ready made paneer in water for a few minutes. I love all sorts of kheers.

  2. Paneer Payasama looks fantastic and creamy. Perfectly made Mir, it’s been a while since i had prepared any payasam at home, now you’re tempting me with your post.

  3. That is a very informative post! Lovely read. And the payasam sounds delicious….paneer lends itself to sweet and Savory dishes so amazingly well. Love this one with condensed milk!

  4. I have always wanted to try paneer payasam, but wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not. I don’t like tasting ‘milk’, but your clicks and recipe with condensed milk is tempting me to give this payasam a try some time soon.

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