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Paneer Pulao Recipe

Paneer Pulao Recipe

Paneer Pulao is an exotic rice dish, super easy to make and tastes delicious. This is a great side dish for get-togethers. Paneer Pulao goes well with yogurt or soup. This is also a satisfying lunchbox recipe.

Detailed Paneer Pulao recipe is below

Prep time

5 min

Cook time

30 min

Total time

35 min




Course: Breakfast, Snack, Starter

Diet: Vegetarian

Skill Level: Easy

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 2

Ingredients for Paneer Pulao recipe

To make Paneer Pulao

To cook rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf (tej patta)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil

To make Pulao

  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 8 cubes paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera)
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 5 cloves(lavang)
  • 10 black pepper (kali mirch)
  • 1 medium-sized onion thinly sliced
  • 1-inch ginger finely chopped
  • 1-2 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 1 medium-sized tomato finely chopped
  • ¼ cup peas (matar)
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt as per taste
  • ¼ cup paneer (cottage cheese) crumbled
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaf (dhaniya patti) finely chopped

Preparation Of Paneer Pulao recipe

To cook Paneer Pulao recipe

  • Firstly, in a large vessel add water, bay leaf, salt, and oil. Oil helps to get non-sticky rice. Once the water begins to boil, add 1 cup of washed and soaked basmati rice. I have soaked rice for 15 minutes.

Paneer Pulao Recipe

  • Cook the rice till they are soft and yet hold shape. Drain the rice and keep aside.

Paneer Pulao Recipe

  • Now, in a large pan heat ghee/clarified butter. Sauté paneer/cottage cheese till they turn golden brown. Do not over stir as paneer will break. Take off the fried paneer/cottage cheese and keep aside.

Paneer Pulao Recipe

  • In the same, pan add cumin, cinnamon stick, cloves and black pepper. Sauté them on low flame till they turn aromatic.
  • Further, add thinly sliced onions and sauté till they change color. Also add ginger, garlic, and green chili. sauté until the raw smell of ginger-garlic disappears. Now add tomato and sauté till they turn soft and mushy.
  • Add carrot and peas or any vegetables of your choice. sauté well. Furthermore, add red chili powder, garam masala powder and  Sauté till the oil starts to release from the tomato.

Paneer Pulao Recipe

  • Now add crumbled paneer/cottage cheese and mix well. Also, add cooked rice and mix gently. Mix very gently without breaking rice grains. Also, add 4 tbsp of milk or water if the rice is dry and needs some moisture.

Paneer Pulao Recipe

  • Place the fried paneer on the prepared pulao. Also cover and simmer for 5 minutes, till the rice absorbs all the flavors. Mix well and transfer to a serving plate. Also garnish with fried paneer pieces, coriander and crumbled paneer.

Paneer Pulao Recipe

  • Finally, serve paneer pulao with onion tomato raita.

Paneer Pulao Recipe

Recipe notes


  • Do not fry the paneer pieces more otherwise they will turn rubbery.

“Enjoy your Path to Mom. Relish every moment!”

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