paneer fried rice recipe, how to make paneer fried rice

indian inspired delicious recipe of a mildly spiced paneer fried rice with mixed veggies.
4.67 from 12 votes

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. if you have leftover rice, then the recipe is easy and quick to make. a similar fried rice variety, i make with mushrooms is this mushroom fried rice. you can also have a look at 

i have added mixed veggies (carrots, french beans and capsicum). you can add your choice of veggies. i would not suggest to skip the veggies, as they give a good crunch and texture to the whole dish apart from making it more nutritious.

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

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check:

paneer fried rice

4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:55 mins
indian inspired delicious recipe of a mildly spiced paneer fried rice with mixed veggies.
paneer fried rice recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Servings:3 to 4

INGREDIENTS FOR paneer fried rice

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

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 for paneer fried rice

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon shahjeera (caraway seeds) or cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 medium onion chopped or 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste (adrak lahsun ka 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 or shimla mirch) - 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 (lal mirch powder) or add as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE paneer fried rice

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 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 1/2 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.
  • gently stir and mix everything very well. you can add the rice in parts if you want. 
  • check the taste of paneer fried rice and add more spice powders or salt as per your taste preferences.
  • serve paneer fried rice with a side veggie salad or raita.
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preparation for paneer fried rice

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 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 (jeera). saute till they splutter.

jeera for paneer fried rice recipe

8. then add the finely chopped onions and saute 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 the 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 the 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 the grated/shredded/finely chopped carrots and finely chopped capsicum.

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.  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. for more delicious paneer recipes you can check this collection of 82 recipes made with paneer.

paneer fried rice


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

  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
    Neeti

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