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Pressure cooker paneer biryani recipe with step by step photos – a relatively easy and foolproof 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 the 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 vegetable 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.

How to make pressure cooker paneer biryani

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 is 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

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 stovetop burner and place it on the kitchen tabletop or slab.

onions to prepare paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

8. Remove half of the fried onions on a plate. Keep aside. Some shahjeera (caraway seeds) will also come with the fried onions. But it is fine. Do not take the other whole spices. Keep them in the cooker.

onions to prepare paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

Layering the 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 of water. I added 1 cup of 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 the pressure cooker for about 20 to 25 minutes. If the pressure cooker whistles, then it is 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
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paneer biryani in pressure cooker recipe

Pressure Cooker Paneer Biryani

5 from 11 votes
This easy paneer biryani recipe is made in a pressure cooker where the biryani is layered and has the flavors of a dum cooked biryani.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

for soaking and marinating rice

  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice or 210 grams basmati rice
  • ½ tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 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
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 to 4 green cardamom
  • 1 to 2 strands of mace
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shah jeera)

for marinating paneer

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • ½ cup curd (yogurt) or 150 grams curd
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies - chopped or sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder or biryani masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)

other ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon kewra water or rose water
  • a pinch of saffron + 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (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 (cilantro leaves)

Instructions

preparing paneer marinade

  • Take 1/2 cup curd in a bowl and whisk it till smooth.
  • Add all the spice powder and herbs including salt. Mix very well.
  • Then add paneer cubes.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • After 30 minutes, drain the water very well from the rice.
  • Now add 1/2 tablespoon ghee and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the rice.
  • Mix very well in such a way that the rice get marinated with salt and ghee. Keep aside.

soaking saffron

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

making birista

  • Heat 3 tablespoons ghee in a 3 litre pressure cooker. Then add 1/2 teaspoon shah jeera (caraway seeds).
  • 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.
  • Stir very well and then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • Stir and then saute the onions on a low to medium flame.
  • Since onions take a long time to cook, add a pinch of salt to hasten their cooking process.
  • First the onions will become translucent and then start turning light golden.
  • When the onions become golden, then switch off the flame.
  • Remove the cooker from the stovetop burner and place it on the kitchen tabletop or slab.
  • Remove half of the fried onions in a plate. Keep aside. Some shahjeera (caraway seeds) will also come with the fried onions. But it is fine. Do not take the other whole spices. Keep them in the cooker.

layering the biryani

  • With a spoon, evenly spread the fried onions which are in the cooker.
  • Now with a spoon, layer the paneer marinade evenly in the mixture.
  • Next spread all the rice evenly on the paneer marinade layer.
  • Layer with the fried onions. A few fried onions can also be reserved for garnish.
  • Also sprinkle the saffron dissolved water all over the rice.
  • Also add 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves all over.
  • Now 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.

pressure cooking paneer biryani

  • 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.
  • Once the pressure settles down in the cooker, then open the lid.
  • Garnish with some grated paneer, fried onions, coriander leaves and serve pressure cooker paneer biryani with your favorite raita, salad or a side gravy.

Notes

  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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  1. Hi
    I tried this recipe a number of times but it hasn’t come out well either my rice remain a little raw or my paneer turns rubbery please guide thanks in advance

    1. hi suniti, increase the amount of water in the rice. so you can add 1.25 to 1.5 cups water. actually, the amount of water to be added largely depends on the quality of rice. some rice grains require more water to cook. i see this in everyday cooking of rice. for paneer, it is best to use homemade paneer or fresh paneer. frozen paneer can become dense and rubbery.

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