Lemon Paneer Tarts

This recipe is not mine – not even by 5%! This recipe is by my Little Vini, who makes the most scrumptious foods and meals that usually ends in having to unbutton our pants – it’s with good reason that none of us in the house have 6-pack abs!

So the lemon tart has many interpretations and twists – a jelly like filling, a lemon curd, a cheesecake inspired creamy one and then there is this: a light creamy and zesty filling made with paneer. The filling is so good; it could easily be passed off as ricotta. The paneer ensures the airiness and helps you towards a generous second helping.

I also added a layer of dark chocolate to the crust for an added flavour. I had some interesting Lindt dark chocolate with lime flavouring, which went perfectly with the flavour profile. You can use regular dark chocolate instead.

The Recipe


  • Recipe
  • 1 cup shredded paneer
  • 100 ml cream
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g Lindt Dark Chocolate Lime Intense


  • Follow instructions as per recipe of Bakewell Tarts
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave for 1½ - 2 minutes.
  • Spread a reasonable amount of chocolate on the base of the tarts. Refrigerate them for 10 minutes to harden the chocolate.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Scoop out the filling into the tarts and refrigerate until ready to eat.