Paneer Pulao | Matar Paneer Pulao | Pulao Recipes

Golden and soft paneer cubes in a fragrant and flavourful paneer pulao
03/07/2019 8:24:11 PM vindhyadesai

Paneer Pulao

To make a filling dish takes not much effort. You can also make it fancy-looking by actually not spending a lot of time and effort. How about a flavourful paneer pulao to be the main dish. So it can be served with raitha and that is lunch taken care of. Soft golden paneer in a rice pulao sounds mouth-watering, so here it is!
For this paneer pulao, I have roasted off some whole garam masala to make a fresh and fragrant masala. Paneer pulao makes a for a great lunch box dish or a main dish for a party. Typically I use basmati rice to make any pulao but you can use any long grained rice to make pulao, turns out really tasty.

You can choose to add some vegetables like carrots, beans and potatoes if you wish to. Kids and adults alike will love this pulao, it is fun to eat! So why wait, make this paneer pulao anytime and enjoy! Try more pulao recipes from FOI, pudina vegetable pulao, methi matar pulao, peas pulao, carrot pulao etc. More rice recipes like special jeera rice, tomato bhaat, gorikayi bhaat, tengu anna, uddina bhaat etc.

Paneer Pulao | Matar Paneer Pulao | Pulao Recipes
 
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Golden and soft paneer cubes in a fragrant and flavourful paneer pulao
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3 people
Ingredients
  • 150 Gm or 1 Cup diced paneer cubes
  • 1 Tsp oil
  • 1 Cup basmati rice
  • ½ Cup green peas
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1-2 sliced shallots/onions
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ Tsp garam masala
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 Cups water
Whole Masala:
  • ½ Tsp jeera
  • 7-8 whole black pepper
  • 1-2 bay leaf/leaves
Spices to grind and roast:
  • ¼ Tsp shahi jeera/caraway seeds
  • 1 green elaichi/choti elaichi
  • 1 black elaichi/moti elaichi
  • 2 laung/cloves
  • 8-10 black peppercorn
  • 1 Tsp jeera
  • 1" dalchini/cinnamon
Method
  1. In a small pan, lightly roast all items given under spices to grind and roast
  2. Carefully open up the black cardamom and get the seeds out
  3. Grind the roasted spices into a coarse masala and keep aside
  4. Heat ghee in a pan
  5. Splutter jeera
  6. Add whole black pepper and bay leaves
  7. Make chilli-garlic paste
  8. Add sliced onions and saute till onions turn lightly soft and golden, add chilli-garlic paste and saute
  9. Add roasted and ground masala powder
  10. Throw in the peas and saute
  11. Next add washed basmati rice
  12. Pour 2 Cups water
  13. Season with salt and add little garam masala
  14. Cover and cook
  15. In another pan, heat little oil
  16. Cube the paneer and saute in oil till golden and soft
  17. Water is almost absorbed by the rice
  18. Dot with paneer cubes
  19. Cover and cook further few minutes till rice is done
  20. Squeeze in juice of a half a lemon and garnish with coriander leaves
  21. Serve hot with raitha!
Notes
Do not over fry the paneer in oil, they will become hard and chewy

Masala powder can be made in advance

Use only garam masala for a faster variation, just increase the quantity of garam masala as per your taste

Paneer Pulao Stepwise:
In a small pan, lightly roast all items given under spices to grind and roast
Carefully open up the black cardamom and get the seeds out
Grind the roasted spices into a coarse masala and keep aside
Heat ghee in a pan
Splutter jeera
Add whole black pepper and bay leaves
Make chilli-garlic paste
Add sliced onions and saute till onions turn lightly soft and golden, add chilli-garlic paste and saute
Add roasted and ground masala powder
Throw in the peas and saute
Next add washed basmati rice 
Pour 2 Cups water
Season with salt and add little garam masala
Cover and cook
In another pan, heat little oil
Cube the paneer and saute in oil till golden and soft
Water is almost absorbed by the rice
Dot with paneer cubes
Cover and cook further few minutes till rice is done
Squeeze in juice of a half a lemon, garnish with coriander leaves
Serve hot with raitha!

 

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