Feb 3, 2013

Paneer Pulao

 Today I’ll be showing a simple recipe to yummy Paneer Pulao. I’ve tried this many a times with varying the ingredients but the basic recipe remains the same. So it’s like once you know this recipe, you actually know almost 10! You can sue everyday veggies for your own cozy home dinner, and add paneer and carrots etc when having guests over. I make it with basmati rice only as they lend this dish a wonder aroma and even look so much better and almost exotic. But surely, the price of rice plays a role too, so for your everyday use you can surely use the medium grain rice and spend more on the good vegetables instead of rice. 

Serves 4
Time: 40 mins
Basmati Rice (or medium grained) 2 cups
Onions 2
Tomatoes 3
Peas 1 cup (Frozen or fresh)
Paneer 200 gms
Carrot 1
Cauliflower (optional) 1 cup flowerets
Potato (optional) 1
Refined Oil 2 tbsp
Jeera 2 tsp
Cinnamon Stick 1 inch
Cloves 3-4
Green Cardamom 2
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder ½ tsp
Dry Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste (approx 4 tsp)
Water for boiling


  • Wash and rinse the rice 4-5 times. Soak in water and keep aside.
  • In a large pan (do not use pressure cooker) or kadhai, heat the oil.
  • Slice the onions. Chop the potatoes, carrots and cauliflower. Cut paneer into small cubes. Finely chop the tomatoes.
  • Add jeera, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom to the pan.
  • When jeera splutters, add the onions and stir.
  • When onions turn pink, add the potato, carrot and cauliflower.
  • Cook for 3-4 mins, then add the peas and tomatoes. Reduce flame to low.Stir well.
  • Add ½ cup water and cover the pan with lid or plate. Let it simmer for 6-7 mins.
  • Now add all the dry spices and cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Strain the rice and add to the pan. Mix well. Now add paneer. Fold gently.
  • Now add 4 cups of water and salt. Stir once and cover the pan half with the lid to let steam escape. Keep flame low.
  • Cook for 15-18 mins. Gently stir later with a flat spatula to prevent braking of rice. Serve hot with raita or curd.


  1. Replies
    1. It is yummy indeed :) and healthy too with all the veggies!

  2. Hi Ashima,

    I love Pulao in its varied forms and tastes. This one surely looks sumptuous. :)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe :D


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  3. Loved this version looks yummy too



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