Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Paneer Pulao-Paneer Rice-How to make Paneer Pulao

This pulao is similar to my peas pulao except with the addition of paneer . It is very mildly spiced and is very tasty. It hardly takes 10 minutes to prepare this pulao.Those who do not have much time to spend in the kitchen, here is a satisfying and tasty dinner idea for you. It is a perfect lunch box recipe and even bachelors can prepare this as it is very simple and does not involve any elaborate process. I love both peas and paneer, so this paneer pulao is one of my favorites. I used homemade paneer but you can use store bought paneer also. Today we will learn how to make paneer pulao following this very easy recipe.

Paneer Pulao

Paneer Pulao Recipe-How to prepare Paneer Pulao

Paneer Pulao

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Rice-Paneer
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati rice -1 cup
   Water - 2 cups
   Onion - 2
   Green chillies - 2
   Ginger-garlic paste -1 tsp
   Peas - 1/2 cup
   Paneer cubes - 15-20 small cubes
   Mint leaves -handful
   Coriander leaves - handful
   Lemon juice -1 tbsp
   Salt as required

   For the seasoning

   Oil- 1 1/2 tbsp
   Cloves -2
   Cinnamon-1 inch piece


Wash and soak basmati rice for 20 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.

Shallow fry paneer cubes in oil till golden brown. Put them in warm water with a little salt for 5 minutes. Drain and keep it aside. Cut the paneer into small cubes. (To make it visually appealing, I just placed 4-5 bigger pieces in the photo above)

Chop onions finely, slit green chillies.


Heat oil, add cloves, cinnamon and cardamom, then add finely chopped onions, green chilli and saute till onion turns transparent.

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for some more time.

Add peas, finely chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves, rice and saute for a few more seconds.

Add 2 cups of boiling water, lemon juice, salt required and pressure cook rice for 3 whistles.(I usually cook with a vessel inside the cooker. If you are cooking directly in the cooker, you do not have to cook for 3 whistles. Just close the cooker without the weight and cook on medium flame, once it is half cooked, stir the contents, close the cooker with weight and simmer for 4-5 minutes.)

Then add fried paneer cubes to the cooked rice, mix well and serve with raita or any gravy or just homemade potato chips.

If you have not tried my  Peas pulao or vegetable pulao, then do not miss those recipes. It is so simple yet so satisfying dish!

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  2. Aromatic pulav with the yummy paneer cubes

  3. your blog is simply 'WoW'.....first time here.Everything looks so lovely,,and so nice presentation...and lovely paneer pulav too.thanks for visiting my blog and such a lovely comment..I am glade to follow you,,,

  4. Delicious paneer-peas pulav..Would love to have it with raita..

  5. Paneer, paneer and more paneer... Love this recipe

  6. Flavorful and tempting paneer pulao.

  7. Love this recipe & When ever we go to restaurant, this recipe will be in our list..

  8. I am going to try to make my own paneer. This sounds like a delicious dish! Simple and yummy!

  9. Love this pulao very much...Thanks for sharing...

  10. Paneer pulao rice looks delicious padhu

  11. This sound fabulous! very beautifully done too!

  12. First time here...Looks yummy....your presentations are beautiful...

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  14. simply gorgeous! sounds delicious..

  15. i love to have this anything.very nice presentation

  16. A pulao dish is always welcome for the palate.
    yummy recipe.

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  18. Hi,

    I must say you too have a very warm space here, and i love this recipe though one of those recipes which we have tried already but i love the twist of mint leaves! :)

    Good one!

    MEgha :)

  19. Seems a simple and tasty receipe for pulav....a pure veggie affair at that...thanks for tip

  20. Yummy yummy pulav...I am not a big fan of paneer, but in rice, i think i would love it...

  21. Nice space u have.T
    thanks for dropping by.
    The pulav looks flavourful.

  22. Lovely recipe I love the add of fresh mint and coriander flavor in pulao!

  23. Incredible paneer pulao! Super tempting ya :)

  24. Looks yummy.Actually this winter season I am seeing fresh peas in the grocery store.Usually its always the frozen one.Your paneer pulao tempts me to try soon.

  25. Sounds delicious.You have a very nice blog and your presentation is amazing.Thank you for visiting my blog and your nice words.

  26. This is one awesome dish! We tried n fell in luv with it :) THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

  27. its a lovely dish and m gonna try it for sure:) thank you so much:)

  28. I am glad finally to find a good web sight for which i have been hunting for long. My son and myself enjoyed the excellent taste of Panner pulav. I feel for the one who has just read it. Cooking tips and presentation are your highlights. Keep it up

  29. going to try this looks yummy :)

  30. Nice Recepie.. My 2 year old daughter liked it a lot. Yummy and Nutritious.. :)

  31. Thanks for this recipe. My 2 year old daughter liked it a lot. Nutritious and yummy for children.

  32. Is it possible to make this recipe using brown basmati rice.. If so, pls advice on how to make it??

  33. Of course, you can. You can cook in the same method except that brown basmati rice needs more soaking time.

  34. Ohh.. Thank you but wht about the whistle counting's. I would say, if u find time, pls post some recipes in which brown rice can be substituted.. So that, beginners like me can understand and cook easily.. :-)

  35. Actually i am having it in my office canteen now. So a thought came in mind, why not try at my own @home. Googled and found your online kitchen. Thank you so much. Nicely presented and cleanly described. This weekend Paneer Pulav @myHome. You all are cordially invited. :)

  36. Do we have to precook the peas?

    1. Not necessary if you are using fresh peas. It will get cooked along with the rice.


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