Paneer Pulao Recipe, How to make Paneer Peas Pulao Recipe | Pulao Recipes
Recipe type: main, vegetarian
RecipeCuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4-5
Paneer Pulao Recipe an easy one pot comfort meal. Paneer pulao recipe goes well with papaddums, salad, raita or just the pulao by itself.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
For the red paste:
  • 2 tomatoes chopped into chunks
  • 4 dry kashmiri red chilies
  • 1 inch ginger chopped (adrak)
  • 10-12 garlic cloves (lehsun)
  • ¼th cup coriander leaves with the stem (hara dhaniya)
  • 5-6 mint leaves (pudina)
  • ½ cup yogurt (dahi)
For the Biryani:
  • 2 tbsp oil + 1tbsp butter
  • 2 cups basmati or long grained rice soaked for 30 mins in water
  • 400 gms paneer chopped into cubes or squares
  • 2 bay leaves (tejpata)
  • 2 one inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 1 tbsp caraway seed (shahi jeera)
  • 3-4 cloves (lavang)
  • 7-8 peppercorn (kalimirch)
  • 4-5 green cardamom (elaichi)
  • 1-2 stone flower (dagadphool)
  • 2 black cardamom (moti elaichi)
  • 2 mace blades (javitri)
  • 3 medium sized onion chopped into julienne
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder or red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp biryani garam masala powder (optional)
  • 200 ml thick coconut milk (nariyal dudh)
  • 1 cup green peas (matar)
  • few coriander leaves for garnish (hara dhaniya)
  • 2 cups water or as required
  • salt as per taste
For garnish:
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 big sized onion chopped into julienne
  • 14-15 cashews
How to make the recipe?
  1. Firstly soak rice in water for 30 mins.
  2. Chop tomatoes and place aside.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the marination and grind until smooth paste is formed. Keep it aside.
  4. Take a pan add butter and saute the paneer cube.
  5. Fry for 3-4 mins until they have light brown specks over the. Place them aside.
  6. Take pressure cooker or a wide bottomed sauce pan with oil + butter. Once oil is hot add the whole ground spices. Saute until they are fragrant.
  7. Add onion and saute until they are light brown in color. You could add some sugar to fasten the caramelization process.
  8. Now add the salt, red chili powder, garam masala and the biryani garam masala powder.
  9. Time to add the red paste.
  10. Fry the paste until they bubble.
  11. Pour the coconut milk and mix all nicely.
  12. Add the green peas.
  13. Put the soaked basmati rice along with water and salt.
  14. Cover and cook with a lid for 20 mins or until it's almost done.
  15. Place the fried paneer over them and cook covered for 3-4 mins more.
  16. For garnish fry the onion with butter until brown along with cashews.
  17. Garnish them over the pulao along with coriander leaves. Switch off the gas and serve the hot paneer pulao with raita, papd or salad.
1. You could use any rice like ambe mohar rice, kolam rice for this pulao.
2. I have used yogurt but if you are a vegan then skip using yogurt.
3. If you love spice then add more dry red chilies in the paste or red chili powder.
4. Garnishing with fried onion is optional but it adds a great taste and flavor to the pulao.
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at