paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe | easy paneer biryani recipe

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paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker - this delicious paneer biryani is layered and has the flavors of a dum cooked biryani.

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paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker with step by step photos – a relatively easy and fool proof recipe of preparing delicious paneer biryani in pressure cooker. this biryani is layered and has the flavors of a dum cooked biryani.

panee biryani in pressure cooker

apart from frying the onions, you don’t need to cook anything separately. you only need to marinate the paneer in a spiced curd mixture for 30 minutes and soak the rice for 30 minutes. then layer and cook the biryani in pressure cooker. for the biryani, use fresh paneer or homemade paneer. i have not added any dry fruits in the recipe, but if you want you can add them.

this paneer biryani recipe has been adapted from my popular pressure cooker veg biryani i had posted earlier. a few changes and i have replaced paneer with the veggies here and the biryani turned out too good. this pressure cooker paneer biryani is a keeper recipe. few more similar recipes you can make easily at home are:

paneer biryani can be served with any raita of your choice.

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check hyderabadi veg biryani, restaurant style veg biryani, paneer butter masala, pav bhaji in pressure cooker and pressure cooker cake recipe.

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paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe
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paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker - this delicious paneer biryani is layered and has the flavors of a dum cooked biryani.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 40 minutes
cook time 25 minutes
total time 1 hour 5 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for soaking and marinating rice for paneer biryani

  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice OR 210 grams basmati rice
  • ½ tablespoon ghee
  • ½ teaspoon salt

for frying onions

  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 large onion OR 120 grams onion OR ¾ to 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1.5 inches cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 4 cloves (lavang)
  • 3 to 4 green cardamom (choti elaichi)
  • 1 to 2 strands of mace (javitri)
  • ½ teaspoon shah jeera (caraway seeds)

for marinating paneer

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • ½ cup curd (dahi or yogurt) OR 150 grams curd
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste (adrak lahsun ka paste)
  • 2 green chillies (hari mirch) - chopped or sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder OR biryani masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)

other ingredients for paneer biryani

  • 1 teaspoon kewra water or rose water
  • a pinch of saffron (kesar) + 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta or cilantro leaves)
  • ½ of the fried onions (birista) for layering - you can reserve a few for garnish
  • 1 cup water added - for more softer texture add 1.25 cups water

for garnish

  • some grated paneer (cottage cheese)
  • some fried onions
  • a few coriander leaves (dhania patta or cilantro leaves)

how to make recipe

preparing paneer marinade for biryani

  1. take 1/2 cup curd in a bowl and whisk it till smooth.
  2. add all the spice powder and herbs including salt. mix very well.
  3. then add paneer cubes.
  4. gently mix paneer cubes in the marinade, without breaking them. cover and keep aside for 30 minutes to marinate. if you plan to keep longer, like 1 or 2 hours, then keep in the fridge.

soaking and marinating rice for paneer biryani

  1. rinse 1 cup of heaped basmati rice (210 grams) in water many times, till you see that the water is clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.
  2. after 30 minutes, drain the water very well from the rice.
  3. now add 1/2 tablespoon ghee and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the rice.
  4. mix very well in such a way that the rice get marinated with salt and ghee. keep aside.

soaking saffron

  1. in a small bowl, soak a pinch of saffron in 1 tablespoon hot or warm water.

making birista for paneer biryani

  1. heat 3 tablespoons ghee in a 3 litre pressure cooker. then add 1/2 teaspoon shah jeera (caraway seeds).
  2. next add the following whole spices - 1 small to medium tej patta 1.5 inch cinnamon, 4 cloves, 3 to 4 green cardamoms and 1 to 2 single strands of mace.
  3. stir very well and then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  4. stir and then saute the onions on a low to medium flame.
  5. since onions take a long time to cook, add a pinch of salt to hasten their cooking process.
  6. first the onions will become translucent and then start turning light golden.
  7. when the onions become golden, then switch off the flame.
  8. remove the cooker from the stove top burner and place it on the kitchen table top or slab.
  9. remove half of the fried onions in a plate. keep aside. some shahjeera will also come with the fried onions. but its fine. do not take the other whole spices. keep them in the cooker.

layering paneer biryani

  1. with a spoon, evenly spread the fried onions which are in the cooker.
  2. now with a spoon, layer the paneer marinade evenly in the mixture.
  3. next spread all the rice evenly on the paneer marinade layer.
  4. layer with the fried onions. a few fried onions can also be reserved for garnish.
  5. also sprinkle the saffron dissolved water all over the rice.
  6. also add 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves all over.
  7. now sprinkle 1 teaspoon rose water or kewra water all over.
  8. now pour 1 to 1.25 cups water gently all around along the sides of the cooker. don’t add water in the center.
  9. for a soft texture in the rice, you can add 1.25 cups water. i added 1 cup water.

pressure cooking paneer biryani

  1. cover the cooker with its lid with the vent weight/whistle attached to the lid. on a low flame cook the paneer biryani in pressure cooker for about 20 to 25 minutes. if the pressure cooker whistles, then its fine. i cooked for 25 minutes.
  2. once the pressure settles down in the cooker, then open the lid.
  3. garnish with some grated paneer, fried onions, coriander leaves and serve pressure cooker paneer biryani with your favorite raita, salad or a side gravy.

recipe notes

few tips for making paneer biryani:

  1. instead of paneer, you can use tofu.
  2. fresh curd/yogurt can also be substituted with thick coconut milk.
  3. dry fruits can also be added.
  4. ghee can be replaced with oil.

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how to make paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker:

a) preparing paneer marinade for biryani:

1. take ½ cup curd (150 grams) in a bowl and whisk it till smooth.

curd for paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

2. add the following spices & herbs – 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste, 2 green chillies (chopped or sliced), 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves and 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves.

spices for paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

3. add the following spice powders – ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder or biryani masala and 1 teaspoon coriander powder.

spices for paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

4. mix very well and season with salt. mix again.

making paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

5. add 200 grams paneer, which are chopped in cubes.

paneer for paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

6. gently mix paneer cubes in the marinade, without breaking them. cover and keep aside for 30 minutes to marinate. if you plan to keep longer, like 1 or 2 hours, then keep in the fridge.

paneer for paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

soaking and marinating rice:

1. rinse 1 cup of heaped basmati rice (200 grams) in water many times, till you see that the water is clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.

rice for paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

2. after 30 minutes, drain the water very well from the rice.

rice for paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

3. now add ½ tablespoon ghee and ½ teaspoon salt to the rice.

preparing paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

4. mix very well in such a way that the rice get marinated with salt and ghee. keep aside.

preparing paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

soaking saffron:

1. in a small bowl, soak a pinch of saffron in 1 tablespoon hot or warm water for 15 to 20 minutes.

saffron for paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

preparing birista for biryani:

1. heat 3 tablespoons ghee in a 3 litre pressure cooker. then add ½ teaspoon shahjeera (caraway seeds).

preparing paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

2. next add the following whole spices – 1 small to medium tej patta 1.5 inches cinnamon, 4 cloves, 3 to 4 green cardamoms and 1 to 2 single strands of mace.

spices for paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

3. stir very well and then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.

onions to make paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

4. stir and then saute the onions on a low to medium flame.

onions to make paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

5. since onions take a long time to cook, add a pinch of salt to hasten their cooking process.

onions to make paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

6. first the onions will become translucent and then start turning light golden.

onions to make paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

7. when the onions become golden, then switch off the flame.remove the cooker from the stove top burner and place it on the kitchen table top or slab.

onions to prepare paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

8. remove half of the fried onions in a plate. keep aside. some shahjeera will also come with the fried onions. but its fine. do not take the other whole spices. keep them in the cooker.

onions to prepare paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

layering paneer biryani:

1. with a spoon, evenly spread the remaining fried onions which are in the cooker.

layering biryani - paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

2. now with a spoon, layer the paneer marinade evenly in the mixture.

layering biryani - paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

3. next spread all the rice evenly on the paneer marinade layer.

layering biryani - paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

4. layer with the fried onions. a few fried onions can also be reserved for garnish.

layering biryani - paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

5. also sprinkle the saffron dissolved water all over the rice.

layering biryani - paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

6. sprinkle 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves all over.

layering biryani - paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

7. sprinkle 1 teaspoon rose water or kewra water all over. now pour 1 to 1.25 cups water gently all around along the sides of the cooker. don’t add water in the center. for a soft texture in the rice, you can add 1.25 cups water. i added 1 cup water.

layering biryani - paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

pressure cooking paneer biryani:

1. cover the cooker with its lid with the vent weight/whistle attached to the lid. on a low flame cook the paneer biryani in pressure cooker for about 20 to 25 minutes. if the pressure cooker whistles, then its fine. i cooked for 25 minutes.

cooking paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

2. once the pressure settles down in the cooker, then open the lid. gently fluff the biryani.

cooked paneer biryani recipe in pressure cooker

3. garnish with some grated paneer, fried onions, coriander leaves and serve pressure cooker paneer biryani with your favorite raita, salad or a side gravy.

pressure cooker paneer biryani recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi, love you blog have tried many recipes! Never got a chance to comment!
    I’m planning to make this biriyani tomorrow and was wondering if it canbe made in a pressure pan. As i feel the pan isn’t as thick bottomed as a regular cooker. Plz help!

    • kripa, thank you. you can make in a pressure pan. but since the pressure pan has a smaller size, reduce the time. so cook for 15 minutes. when pressure falls in the cooker, open the lid and check the rice grains. if they are not cooked, then cook further for 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Hello Mam
    I want to Thank You for Such Awesome receipe.
    It just Turned Out To be Delicious and Yet Easy To Make…

    Thanks For Your Clear Cooking Instructions with Images.
    God Bless u

    • Welcome Richi. Thanks for your positive feedback and best wishes.

  3. Awesome!!! Lip smacking … i am a great fan of yours .. i love cooking and having found your app, my passion has increased manifold .. your recipes are simple with not so many complicated elements. They are easily available in everyday kitchen.. i have followed some 20+ recipes of yours and none have failed to satiate the taste buds in my family.. i had to comment today coz i never thought makin biryani could be sooo simple .. commendable work .. n picture presentation makes it all worth it.. Thanku for making me the master chef of my family

    • thanks a lot smriti for these encouraging words. i am glad that the recipes have turned put good. its best to share recipes with everyday indian ingredients as thats what most indian readers will have in their kitchens. thanks again and happy cooking.

  4. Hi dassana,
    I was going through your biryani recipes and they all look amazing. Just a little query- in many of the biryani recipes milk+saffron is added, but here it is water+saffron. Is it because of curd in the recipe? And does adding milk make biryani taste better although the amount is usually only 2 tbsp?
    Thanks

    • ruchi, nothing like that. you can add either milk or water with saffron. milk does impart a faint richness in the biryani.