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paneer pulao recipe with step by step photos – aromatic, delicious and mildly spiced paneer pulao recipe.

pulaos are often made at home be it vegetable pulao or peas pulao or mushroom pulao. they are easy to make and i just have to serve the pulao with a raita, mango pickle and some roasted papads or a side veggie salad.

i have experimented with pulaos many times, since i make it so often. on occasions i make a pulao masala and sometimes i just add whole spices to the pulao. i have made pulao masala with different mix of spices. i have also added birista (caramelized onions) in the pulao. different spices give different results. a really good pulao, i had made recently was jackfruit pulao with a slight different cooking technique. few more delicious recipes you can make paneer and rice combo are:

for this paneer pulao, i have ground whole spices to make a fragrant pulao masala. its this masala, that gives a nice aromatic flavor to the pulao. i sometimes get queries, on what is a single strand of mace. the following pic mentions a single strand of mace. this pulao masala can be added to the pulao only once.

paneer is bland and generally pulao, besides being aromatic is also bland. hence, i have spiced this pulao a bit, like the way i usually prepare vegetable pulao. added ginger-garlic-green chili paste and some mint leaves. spiced, meaning the pulao is not spicy, but has that hint of green chilies in it. if you want a spicy pulao, then just increase the quantity of the green chilies.

to make the pulao, i have made the paneer at home or you can also use store bought paneer. just make sure that the paneer should not be very soft so that it does not crumble while pan frying. use a seasoned pan while frying, so that the paneer does not stick to the pan. you can also use a non stick tava.

as a variation, you can add peas or even mixed vegetables in this pulao. i have mentioned in the steps, where to add peas in the pulao.

serve paneer pulao hot garnished with some mint or coriander leaves and a few pan fried paneer cubes. you can also serve cucumber raita or onion tomato raita. this paneer pulao would also go equally well with dal fry or dal tadka.

if you are looking for more paneer recipes then do check kadai paneer, palak paneer, paneer butter masala, paneer tikka, paneer bhurji and dry chilli paneer recipe.

paneer pulao recipe below:

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paneer pulao recipe
prep time
30 mins
cook time
20 mins
total time
50 mins
 
paneer pulao recipe - fragrant and lightly spiced paneer pulao made with freshly ground pulao masala.


nutrition info is per serving

Nutrition Facts
paneer pulao recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 109
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.1g 19%
Saturated Fat 6.6g 33%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.2g
Cholesterol 32.5mg 11%
Sodium 823.9mg 34%
Potassium 263.5mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 64.6g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Sugars 3.9g
Protein 13.3g 27%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 11%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
course: main
cuisine: Indian
servings: 4
calories: 421 kcal
author: dassana amit
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
for the pulao masala:
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shah jeera)
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi) - seeds removed and husks discarded
  • 2 to 3 green cardamom (choti elaichi or hari elaichi) - kept whole or seeds removed
  • 2 to 3 cloves (laung)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 single strand of mace (javitri)
  • a small piece of stone flower (rock flower or pathar phool or dagad phool or kalpasi)
for paneer pulao:
  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or pulao rice
  • 250 to 300 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced
  • cup peas (matar) - optional
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or oil for the pulao
  • 2 to 3 teaspoon ghee or oil for pan frying the paneer
  • 3 to 3.25 cups water
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) + 2 to 3 garlic cloves (lahsun) + 1 green chilli (hari mirch) - crushed in a mortar-pestle to a paste
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 to 1.25 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • salt as required
how to make recipe
making the pulao masala:
  1. in a small dry grinder or coffee grinder, add all the spices mentioned for the pulao masala.
  2. grind to a semi fine to fine powder. keep aside.
making pulao:
  1. rinse the basmati rice till the water becomes clear of the starch.
  2. soaked the basmati rice in an enough water for 30 minutes. after 30 minutes drain and keep the rice aside.
  3. slice the onions thinly. chop the mint leaves and keep aside.
  4. crush the ginger, garlic and green chilli to a paste in a mortar-pestle.
  5. heat ghee in a pot or a pan. add the bay leaf and saute for 2-3 seconds.
  6. then add the thinly sliced onions and saute till the onions start to turn golden brown or caramelize.
  7. then add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste. saute till the raw aroma of ginger garlic goes away. (on a low flame, it will take approx 10-15 seconds).
  8. add the chopped mint leaves and the ground pulao masala. stir for 5-8 seconds.
  9. optional step - if you are adding peas then add now and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  10. add the drained rice. stir gently and saute for a minute. add water, lemon juice and salt.
  11. stir well. cover the pan tightly with a lid. make sure no steam escapes from the sides.
  12. on a low to medium flame, simmer till the rice grains are cooked. if the water dries in the pan then add some more water.
making paneer pulao:
  1. when the rice is cooking, chop the paneer into cubes.
  2. heat ghee on a tawa or a frying pan. use a non-stick pan or a well seasoned tawa/griddle to pan fry the paneer. otherwise the paneer cubes will stick to the pan.
  3. add the paneer cubes and pan fry till light golden. don't over fry as then they will become dense and rubbery. keep the pan fried paneer cubes aside.
  4. once the rice is cooked, just allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes.
  5. then add the pan fried paneer cubes and gently mix it with the rice.
  6. cover the pan again with a lid and allow the paneer to be in the rice for another 5 minutes.
  7. this makes the paneer soft and it also absorbs the aroma of the pulao.
  8. serve paneer pulao hot garnished with some mint leaves and pan fried paneer cubes.
  9. you can serve raita or dal fry or dal tadka with the paneer pulao.
recipe notes

for pressure cooking paneer pulao: 

  • add 2.5 cups water for separate grains and for a more soft texture of rice, add 3 cups water.
  • pressure cook pulao for 2 to 3 whistles.


lets start step by step paneer pulao recipe:

making the pulao masala:

1. in a small dry grinder or coffee grinder, add all the spices for the pulao masala. 

2. grind to a semi fine or to a fine powder. keep aside.

making pulao:

3. rinse the basmati rice till the water becomes clear of the starch. soaked the basmati rice in an enough water for 30 minutes. after 30 minutes drain and keep the rice aside.

4. crush the ginger, garlic and green chilli to a paste in a mortar-pestle.

5. heat ghee in a pot or a pan. add the bay leaf and saute for 2-3 seconds. then add the thinly sliced onions.

6. saute till the onions start to turn golden brown or caramelize.

7. then add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste. saute till the raw aroma of ginger garlic goes away. (on a low flame, it will take approx 10-15 seconds).

8. add the chopped mint leaves and the ground pulao masala. stir for 5-8 seconds.
optional step – if you are adding peas/matar, then add now and saute for 2-3 minutes.

9. add the drained rice. stir gently and saute for a minute.

10. add water, lemon juice and salt.

11. stir well.

12. cover the pan tightly with a lid.

12. on a low to medium flame, simmer till the rice grains are cooked. if the water dries in the pan then add some more water. when the rice is cooking, chop the paneer/cottage cheese into cubes. heat ghee on a tawa or a frying pan. use a non-stick pan or a well seasoned tawa/griddle to pan fry the paneer. otherwise the paneer cubes will stick to the pan. add the paneer cubes and pan fry till light golden. don’t over fry as then they will become dense and rubbery. keep the pan fried paneer cubes aside.

14. once the rice is cooked, just allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes. add the pan fried paneer cubes and gently mix it with the rice. cover the pan again with a lid and allow the paneer to be in the rice for another 5 minutes. this makes the paneer soft and it also absorbs the aroma of the pulao.

15. serve paneer pulao hot garnished with some mint leaves and a few pan fried paneer cubes. you can serve paneer pulao with a raita or dal fry or dal tadka.




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This post was last modified on October 20, 2017, 7:24 pm

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