paneer fried rice

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

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.

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paneer fried rice recipe

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.

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 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.

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 Paneer recipes.

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Paneer Fried Rice

4.7 from 13 votes
Indian inspired delicious recipe of a mildly spiced paneer fried rice with mixed veggies.
paneer fried rice recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:55 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Diet:vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

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 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 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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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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45 comments/reviews

  1. Loved the recipe. Everyone at home liked it. Thanks a lot.5 stars

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

  2. 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

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

  3. 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

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

  4. Mam,
    panner frird rice vrry good recipe is good .Thanks for your information

    • welcome muthukaniraj. thanks for sharing your positive feedback on paneer fried rice recipe.

  5. Tried this recipe and it was awesome….very easy to make as well….my parents liked it as well…Thank you:D4 stars

    • pleased to know this thankyou neena for your positive feedback.

  6. I love paneer fried recipe4 stars

  7. Easy to make and my husband don’t like paneer but he will surely love this recipe

    • surely try out pragati and let us know how his reaction was? thankyou.

  8. Superb recipe I tried it… It was awesome tasted… My husband loved it… I want everyone to try this…

    • thankyou pallavi 🙂 surely try and let us know how it was?

  9. This recipe is amazing. :’)
    Simple and extremely quick.4 stars

    • thankyou preeti 🙂

  10. I really truly like all your recipes! My kids love them too 🙂 thank you!

    • pleased to know this devyani 🙂 thankyou and you are welcome.

  11. I loved the recipe , simple & yummy…

    • pleased to know this dr minu and thankyou 🙂

  12. I tried your panner fried rice. Its yummy. My kids said super5 stars

    • pleased to know this deena thankyou 🙂

  13. My kids loves this recepie thanks5 stars

    • great to know this and you are welcome namrata 🙂

  14. Hi Dasanna, I had made this and written to you two days ago but for some reason got missed. Haven’t had a recipe from you for a longtime after garlic rasam. I wrote two mails to your mail id and no response. My mother was from Kerala and I am a familiar with some payasam so. Shall try yours and write. Paneer dish turned out very very nice. Thanks once again and welcome to the site again. God bless. DK

    • durga ji, i have already replied to your comment. on my email id i got only one email in sep and one email today. the september email, i have not replied to as i was travelling that time. thanks a lot and do try the payasam. in kerala i had many types of payasam. the rice payasam was made with the kerala red rice there.

  15. Very nice.

  16. The recipe looks yummy. Also could you post a recipe for making whole wheat bread without yeast . It would be a great great great of you . And also sorry for that long comment I gave earlier .
    Your follower
    Harsimrat

    • i do plan to add one such bread. i have noted down your request. no problem with long comments 🙂

  17. New to your site. I got to your site some weeks back . Really enjoy cooking your recipes and the fabulous pictures help a lot. Cooking is my hobby but I was reluctant to try new recipes as always while trying It usually gets spoilt or I have to bear my mom s scoldings for burning the vessels. But now nothing gets spoilt following your instructions. Thanks, thanks and thanks for filling confidence in me to continue with cooking.

    • thats nice to know harsimrat. for cooking, the more you practice, the more you will be at ease and confidence. and knowing cooking always helps. its always better to know how to cook. most welcome 🙂

      • Thanks and cooking well also depends upon how someone taught you and that I learnt a lot from you.

        • thanks and hugs harsimrat 🙂

  18. Great recipe….5 stars

    • thanks prasanthchigurupati

  19. Hi Dasanna, as your usual ones this too turned out very nice . There hasn’t been a reply to me mails to you by gmail as there wasn’t a response column available. Keep sending more and more and now am gearing up for Diwali sweets and planning. Looking forward to reading some new ones from your end. God bless you and yours. DK

    • durga ji, i did receive only one email from you, to which i have not yet replied. i have closed the comments on all the old posts except the new ones as currently occupied with many things. thanks as always. i do plan to add some recipes for both navratri and diwali. i just hope that i get some time to prepare the diwali sweets & snacks and add them. you can also share what you usually make, in an email. i usually make sweets like kaju katli, gulab jamun, roasted or fried dry fruits, karanji, shakarpare and some chiwda. but this time i plan to make something different.

  20. Awesome this recipe

  21. You could use some biryani powder.. And finish with finelly chopped coriander leaves.4 stars

    • thanks for the tip nupur. will try 🙂

  22. Offfooo…… Finally….. Where were you all these days didi ?!
    Great recipe as usual 🙂5 stars

    • thanks priya. we had gone to nasik and then kerala for almost a month. it was kind of an extended holiday for us 🙂

  23. Looks yummy.. glad to see you back ?5 stars

    • thank you ruchita.