Paneer Pulao

Paneer Pulao is a healthy and delicious rice dish that can be made under 30 minutes and makes for a great lunch box option. Here is how to make it.


  • ▢1 cup Long Grain Basmati Rice
  • ▢2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ▢200 g Paneer (Cut into cubes)
  • ▢2 tbsp Ghee
  • ▢1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ▢2 Bay Leaf
  • ▢3-4 Black Peppercorns
  • ▢1 inch Cinnamon
  • ▢2 Green Cardamom
  • ▢1 Black Cardamom
  • ▢2-3 Green Chillies
  • ▢2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • ▢1 cup Onion (Thinly Sliced)
  • ▢½ cup Carrot (Cubed)
  • ▢½ cup Peas
  • ▢Salt to taste
  • ▢½ tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • ▢2 cups Water
  • ▢1 tbsp Fresh Coriander (Chopped)
  • ▢1 tbsp Mint (Chopped)


  • Wash the rice and soak in water for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add paneer cubes and fry until browned from all the sides.
  • Remove them on a plate and keep aside.
  • Add ghee in the same pan.
  • Once the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds, bay leaf, black pepper, cinnamon, green cardamom and black cardamom and let them crackle for a few seconds.
  • Add green chillies and ginger garlic paste and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add onion and fry until they turn golden brown.
  • Now add carrot and peas and cook for minute
  • Add the fried paneer pieces, salt, garam masala powder, water, coriander and mint and mix everything gently.
  • Drain the rice and add it in the pan and stir gently.
  • Cover the lid of the pan and cook the pulao on low heat until rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff the pulao using a fork.
  • Serve hot with a raita.

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