Paneer Pulao (Paneer Rice) Recipe-Best food blog
Rice is a staple food in many parts of India and there are many preparations that involve the use of spices and additional ingredients which bring the richness and savoriness. Paneer rice or popularly known as paneer pulao, is one of the best rice recipes that is healthy, easy to prepare and can be served with various accompaniments and Indian curries. Unlike vegetable biryani, this spiced steamed the rice with paneer, peas and other optional veggies is less spicy and less clumsy to make at home by following our step by step photo recipe.
Step 1: Wash and soak basmati rice in 1-cup water for 15-20 minutes.
Step 2: Heat 1 teaspoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon ghee in a pressure cooker (we used small size 2 liter cooker made of steel) over low flame.Ghee is used for enrich the flavor of prepared rice. Sauté clove, cinnamon, bay leaf, crushed garlic and grated ginger in heated oil and ghee for 30-45 seconds.
Step 3: Add green chilli and sliced onion, sauté until onion turns light brown.
Step 4: Add green peas and soaked rice (drain them before adding), sauté for a minute.
Step 5: Add lemon juice, salt and 1-cup water, mix well.
Step 6: Pressure cook for 3-whistles over low-medium flame (number of whistles required may vary based on size and type of cooker you are using). Turn off the flame and let it sit idle for 10 or 15 minutes.
Step 7: Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in frying pan and shallow fry paneer cubes until they turn light brown.
Step 8: Once steam pressure inside pressure cooker comes down naturally, open it carefully and add fried paneer cubes. Mix them well and transfer the prepared rice to a large bowl.
Step 9: Garnish spicy paneer rice pulao with fresh coriander leaves and serve with punjabi kadhi and kurkuri bhindi.