Monday, October 4, 2021

Paneer Pulao

This Paneer Pulao is a one-pot dish that is very easy to make and can be done in less than 30 minutes. You can replace the paneer with soya chunks. Also, we can also add other veggies like carrots, green peas, and potatoes. But for this recipe, I have kept it simple with just paneer as the main ingredient. 


  1. Jeeragasala rice or basmati rice - 2 cups
  2. Paneer - 200 gms 
  3. Onion - 1 medium 
  4. Tomatoes - 2 medium 
  5. Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tablespoon 
  6. Mint leaves - 1 handful 
  7. Cilantro - 1 handful 
  8. Chili powder(Kashmiri) - 1-2 teaspoon 
  9. Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  10. Garam masala  - 1/4      teaspoon
  11. Cardamom - 3 nos.
  12. Cinnamon - 1 small stick
  13. Cloves - 6 nos.
  14. Bay leaves - 2
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Ghee - 1 tablespoon
  17. Oil - 1 tablespoon
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. 
  3. Add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves and saute till it turns aromatic.
  4. Add thinly sliced onions and saute till they turn translucent.
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste and mint leaves. Saute till the raw smell of ginger garlic paste goes away.
  6. Add chili powder and salt to taste. 
  7. Drink 2 tomatoes and add the paste to it. Cook till the oil separates.
  8. At this stage, add cubed paneer and drained rice and mix for a couple of minutes.
  9. Add 3.5 cups of hot water to this and put the lid on.
  10. Pressure cook for 1 whistle on medium flame.
  11. Let the pressure subside manually and open the pressure cooker.
  12. Serve this paneer pulao with cucumber-yogurt salad and pickle.

"Shhhhh Cooking  Secretly" is a monthly challenge in the Facebook group. At the beginning of the month, a theme is chosen by one of the participants and all the participants are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are supposed to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month.

This month's theme was "Exotic Biriyani and Pulao" and it was chosen by Swaty Malik who blogs at Food Trails. She made a very exotic Jackfruit Biriyani for this theme. Also, I can't wait to try her Zafrani Pulao. My partner for Sep 2021 is Kalyani Sri. She gave me fennel seeds and onions as my secret ingredients. I gave her saffron and ghee and she made an Instant Pot vegetable biriyani. Do check her blog for a large collection of recipes. I cant wait to try her Avalakki Bisibelebhath.


  1. paneer biryani looks delish. just what my kids would like for a lazy sunday brunch !

  2. Paneer Pulao, seems perfect when you are in a hurry to rustle up a meal. I enjoy paneer in my pulao/ Biryani. The addition of protein to rice makes it a complete meal.

  3. Paneer pulao is perfect for a quick and lazy Sunday lunch or weekday dinner . Love the raita you have plated alongside the pulao

  4. A complete healthy and a balanced meal with paneer and rice. Perfect for kids lunch box.

  5. The Paneer Biryani looks super flavourful! Love your simple one-pot recipe. Made with jeeraga samba rice, this biryani must be so fragrant I'm sure.

  6. I have never tried making pulao ot biriyani with paneer. Looks delicious. Perfect one pot meal to relish with raita.

  7. Wow Anu, my favourite - paneer pulao. Love it. With all the spices and herbs must be so aromatic and tasty. You've tempted me to make this dish as soon as possible.

  8. Paneer Pulao looks so scrumptious Anu.. will soon love to try your version. sounds so flavourful.. lovely share.

  9. Paneer pulao looks absolutely flavorful! My son loves it to the core and I make is often. Your dish looks super tempting!

  10. Paneer pulao looks super inviting, love to pack this for hubby's lunch box. Liked the way you made this pulao simple just by adding paneer.

  11. Made this today and it turned out good. Enjoyed with a warm cup of lemon tea and a Dr K J Yesudas song
    An old 1984 song, yet makes me emotional and nostalgic even today !!

  12. Paneer pulao is instant love for my kids. The adore this recipe and love it anytime. I like paneer is the key stand out in this recipe.

  13. We love paneer pulao at home. This looks so flavoursome and ideal for a weekend brunch.

  14. Paneer pulao looks so flavorful and delicious. I would love to eat this anytime. It will be liked by both kids and adults.

  15. Paneer pulao looks absolutely delicious and flavorsome... So easy and quick to make this pulao.

  16. Paneer pulao looks so inviting. I would love to have it anytime. Perfect one pot meal for a busy day.

  17. I love paneer pulao but wish my family would like it... Yours looks absolutely lipsmacking and worth enjoying...