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June 30, 2014


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Paneer biryani was in my try list for long time. Usually I make biryani in Sunday. So I tried this paneer biryani recipe for the first time yesterday and we loved it a lot. For this recipe, I quickly googled and found this easy recipe. I made slight changes as per my family’s taste and tried it. It came out very well.

 As it has no grinding and less chopping works, you can try this biryani in weekends to finish your cooking quickly and enjoy spending time with your family members. Also you can try even during weekdays in busy morning hours for your lunch box as it is very easy to prepare. I don’t think marination is a must here. But anyways I followed the original recipe as this is my first attempt.

The taste, texture everything was good but Sendhil told me to put paneer pieces smaller in size when I make it next time because he told this rice tastes even better when had with paneer pieces in each mouth. So I have given the method  accordingly. Ingredients list may seem lengthy but the procedure is very simple and quick. Try this exotic paneer biryani recipe, everyone would love this. Lets see how to make this yummy paneer biryani.

Easy Paneer Biryani Recipe

Easy Paneer Biryani Recipe Delicious paneer biryani in an easy way - No grinding and less chopping !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes

To marinate
  • Paneer cubes – 1/2 cup (cut into small bite sized cubes)
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Biryani masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Curd - 1/3 cup
  • Kasoori methi - 1/4 tsp(optional)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Mint leaves - 10 nos
To Soak in water
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
To saute
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cardamom – 1no
  • Star anise – 1 no
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Green peas – a handful
To saute till golden brown
  • Cooking oil + ghee – 1.5 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Salt - as needed
  • Mint leaves & coriander leaves – few


  • First cut the paneer into small bite sized cubes smaller than the ones in picture. Take it in a wide bowl and add all the ingredients given under “to marinate”. Let it marinate for 20 minutes.
  • In the mean time,wash and soak the basmati rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Chop onions into slices.
  • Heat oil+ghee in a kadai and saute the onion till golden brown and set aside.
Paneer biryani step1
  • In the same kadai, heat oil & ghee and saute cinnamom, cloves, cardamom, star anise and bayleaf. Saute for a second. Add fennel seeds, saute till it sizzles and add the peas. Saute for a minute.
Paneer biryani step2
  • Now add the marination mixture along with paneer pieces. Mix well and cook in low flame till the peas is 3/4th cooked and oil floats on top. Add little water if necessary while boiling. Add the salt required for biryani.
Paneer biryani step3
  • Now add the soaked rice along with water and check for salt. Add more if needed. Transfer everything to a pressure cooker.
Paneer biryani step4
  • Add some finely chopped mint & coriander leaves in water.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle ( It takes 10-12 minutes). 
  • After the pressure is released, open the cooker and fluff the rice with a fork, add the fried golden brown onion slices. Mix well .
Paneer biryani step5
Serve with onion raita !


  • If u want to make this biryani very quickly, then skip marination and add all the ingredients given under “to marinate” one by one after you saute the whole spices & peas. But keep the paneer pieces immersed in hot water till use to stay soft.
  • U can make the entire process in pressure cooker base or even in electric rice cooker. But I used kadai & transferred to cooker.
  • Always use ghee+oil for more flavour. Fry onions till golden brown and do not over fry them. Add it at the end before serving. It gives a nice taste.
  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your taste 

This was our simple Sunday lunch. Paneer biryani, Onion raita, Curd rice & rose milk. 

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Unknown said...

Hi Chitra,without grinding any masala rice has colour is awesome, very easy recipe 2be prepared in mornings to pack for lunch box.

Nargis Aara said...

Yummy biriyani!! even I try making biriyani in cooker these days :) It turns out gud

Unknown said...

lovely ..simple yet royal with paneer in it...

great-secret-of-life said...

super yummy rice love this anytime.. my kids fav too

Kurinji said...

yummy biriyani...

Lincyscookart said...

Paneer Biryani is new to me. I used to make Pulao type using Paneer. Love to try this one becos it looks amazing.

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Very flavorful and delicious looking anything using paneer

Merry Tummy said...

totally love the flavours and colours:) Paneer in biryani must have been awesome:)

Sona said...

Flavorful and delicious paneer biriyani..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Just awesome, nice rich color, appreciate the illustrative clicks.

Rafeeda AR said...

such an awesome biriyani... looks so tempting...

Unknown said...

Love the paneer biryani with raita....... Looks tasty!!

Nithiyas Kitchen said...

Looks tasty and healthy.

Anonymous said...

Delicious paneer biryani:)

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks really lovely ...yummy

Healthy Food said...

delicious dish , gud pic chitra

Sundari Nathan said...

yummy biryani! lovely clicks!!

Praveen said...

looks yummy!!! Gonna try tmrw

Chitra said...

Thanks.Will be more happy if u leave ur feedback here :)

Unknown said...

Very nice recepie everyone at home loves it

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

Ramu said...

thanks a lot. Am cooking briyani for first time. and it came 10 x times better than expected.

Chitra said...

Thanks for trying and leaving your feedback :) Glad to know it.

Banu said...

I've tried it twice.came out beautifully. I like your veg kuska recipe as well. Great job. Thank you! :)

Chitra said...

Thank you for the feedback :)

Unknown said...

I tried this biryani and everyone loved it.. thank you for posting this amazing recipe with such detailed instructions..

Unknown said...

Yes .. this paneer biriyani was easy to make without much chopping and tasted good. Thanks for the recipe :) I admire the efforts u have taken in each topic to pin point the do’s and don’ts that would be very helpful for the newbies.

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot Priya. Your feedback made my day :)