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Paneer fried rice recipe with step by step photos – Indian inspired delicious recipe of a mildly spiced paneer fried rice with mixed veggies.

paneer fried rice recipe

Rice and rotis are a staple in most Indian homes. So it is in our home too. There are various ways rice can be used in a dish.

This recipe of paneer fried rice is similar to the preparation of Fried rice. Just that it has a homely taste, is mild, not spicy and thus kid friendly. This paneer fried rice goes well in the tiffin box.

Instead of paneer, you can also use tofu. A similar fried rice variety, I make with mushrooms is this Mushroom fried rice.

If you have leftover rice, then the recipe is easy and quick to make. However, I always prefer and suggest using freshly cooked rice.

I have added mixed veggies (carrots, french beans and capsicum). You can add your choice of veggies.

I would not suggest skipping the veggies, as they give a good crunch and texture to the whole dish apart from making it more nutritious and healthy.

Serve paneer fried rice with a side veggie salad or raita.

How to make paneer fried rice

Preparation

1. Rinse 1 heaped cup regular rice or basmati rice very well in water. Then soak the rice grains in water for 30 minutes.

rice for paneer fried rice recipe

2. After 30 minutes, drain and add the rice in a pressure cooker. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt.

rice for paneer fried rice recipe

3. Pour 1.75 cups water and drizzle ½ tsp oil.

rice for paneer fried rice recipe

4. Stir and pressure cook the rice for 2 whistles or for about 10 minutes. When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. You can also cook the rice in a pot.

rice for paneer fried rice recipe

5. You can also take the rice in a plate. Do allow the grains to cool completely before you add them to the stir-fried veggies.

rice for paneer fried rice recipe

6. Meanwhile, when the rice is soaking, you can do the prep by grating or shredding the carrot, thinly slicing the french beans, finely chopping the capscium (green bell pepper) and chopping the onion and tomato.

veggies for paneer fried rice recipe

Making paneer fried rice

7. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep pan or kadai and add ½ tsp shahjeera (caraway seeds) or cumin seeds. Saute till they splutter.

You can use any neutral flavor oil.

jeera for paneer fried rice recipe

8. Then add 1 medium sized finely chopped onion (or 1/3 cup chopped onions). Saute the onions stirring at regular intervals till they turn translucent.

onions for paneer fried rice recipe

9. Add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger for paneer fried rice recipe

10. Next add 1 medium to large sized chopped tomato (or ½ cup chopped tomatoes).

tomatoes for paneer fried rice recipe

11. Stir well.

tomatoes for paneer fried rice recipe

12. Saute till the tomatoes soften and turn mushy.

tomatoes for paneer fried rice

13. Now add 7 to 9 thinly sliced french beans (about 1/3 cup thinly sliced french beans).

preparing paneer fried rice

14. Stir fry on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.

preparing paneer fried rice

15. Then add 1 grated/shredded/finely chopped carrot (about 1/3 cup shredded carrots) and 1 finely chopped capsicum (about 1/3 cup finely chopped bell pepper).

carrots for paneer fried rice

16. Mix and continue to stir fry on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes.

making paneer fried rice

17. Then add paneer cubes. Also sprinkle some ½ tsp crushed black pepper or pepper powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ½ tsp garam masala powder. Stir and mix very well.

paneer for paneer fried rice recipe

18. Then add the cooked rice. Season with salt as required.  if using leftover rice, the amount to be added is 4.5 to 5 cups of cooked rice.

rice for paneer fried rice recipe

19. Gently stir and mix everything very well. You can add the cooked rice in parts if you want.

making paneer fried rice recipe

20. Check the taste of paneer fried rice and add more spice powders or salt as per your taste preferences.

making paneer fried rice recipe

21. Serve paneer fried rice with a side veggie salad or raita variety like boondi raita or onion tomato raita or cucumber raita. It tastes good as it is also and can be served plain without any accompaniment.

For more delicious paneer recipes you can check this collection of Paneer recipes.

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paneer fried rice recipe

Paneer Fried Rice

4.72 from 14 votes
Indian inspired delicious recipe of a mildly spiced paneer fried rice with mixed veggies, spices and herbs.
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Cuisine Indian
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for cooking rice

  • 1 cup heaped rice, regular or basmati rice, 220 grams, or 4.5 to 5 cups leftover cooked rice
  • 1.75 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

other ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon shahjeera (caraway seeds) or cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion chopped or 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste or 3 to 4 garlic +½ inch ginger – crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 1 medium to large tomato – chopped or ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small to medium carrot – grated or shredded or chopped finely, about 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 7 to 9 french beans – thinly sliced or finely chopped, about 1/3 cup thinly sliced french beans
  • 1 small bell pepper (capsicum) – finely chopped, about 1/3 cup finely chopped capsicum
  • 250 grams Paneer (cottage cheese) – chopped in cubes
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper or pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or add as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • salt as required

Instructions

cooking rice

  • Rinse 1 heaped cup regular rice or basmati rice very well in water. Then soak the rice grains in water for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, drain and add the rice in a pressure cooker. Add salt.
  • Pour 1.75 cups of water and drizzle 1/2 tsp oil.
  • Stir and pressure cook the rice for 2 whistles or for about 10 minutes. When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and fluff the rice. You can also cook the rice in a pot. If using cooked rice, the amount to be added is 4.5 to 5 cups of cooked rice.
  • You can also take the rice in a plate and Allow the grains to cool completely, Before you add them to the stir fried veggies.

prepping veggies

  • Meanwhile, when the rice is soaking, you can do the prep work by grating or shredding the carrot, thinly slicing the french beans, finely chopping the capscium/green bell pepper and chopping the onion and tomato.

making paneer fried rice

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep pan or kadai and add ½ tsp shahjeera/caraway seeds or cumin seeds/jeera. Saute till they splutter.
  • Then add the finely chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent.
  • Add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Next add the chopped tomatoes. Stir well. Saute till the tomatoes soften and turn mushy.
  • Now add the thinly sliced french beans. Stir fry on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Then add the grated carrots and finely chopped capsicum. Mix and continue to stir fry on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Then add paneer cubes. Also sprinkle some 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper or pepper powder, 1/4 tsp red chili powder and 1/2 tsp garam masala powder. Stir and mix very well.
  • Then add the cooked rice. Season with salt as required.
  • Gently stir and mix everything very well. You can add the rice in parts if you want. 
  • Check the taste and add more spice powders or salt as per your taste preferences.
  • Serve paneer fried rice hot or warm with a side veggie salad or raita. I usually serve this dish with raita varieties like onion raita or boondi raita or cucumber raita. However the dish will taste good even without any accomaniment.

Notes

  • The recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  • You can use any variety of capsicum (bell pepper) – yellow, green or red.
  • Paneer can be replaced with tofu.
  • The amount of spices can be varied as per your taste preferences.

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45 Comments

    1. thanks for the feedback and rating. glad to read the positive feedback on paneer fried rice.

  1. Just wow. ..dassana it’s a superhit recipe. I made it today. I loved the flavour. With little spices it became so yummy .5 stars

    1. Thanks Urmi for this positive feedback. Glad to know that you liked the recipe.

  2. Hey Dassana,

    Hope you are fine! Ever since I’ve learnt this recipe, it’s become a regular fixture in my son’s tiffin box. He enjoys it and says his friends too share it with him quite eagerly! That says a lot about the success of your recipe, I think…?
    Keep up the good work and all the best for all your future endeavours too! God bless!
    Love
    Neeti5 stars

    1. thats so nice to know neeti. thanks for sharing this. also thanks for your kind wishes. happy cooking.

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