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November 16, 2021

Paneer Pulao Recipe In Pressure Cooker

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Paneer pulao

Paneer pulao is a popular, kids friendly lunch box and weekend special recipe for lunch. Its so easy to make directly in a pressure cooker. There is no grinding job. So it can be prepared quickly under 15 minutes. I added mixed vegetables to make it more colorful and healthy. You can make this rice with paneer alone and make mixed vegetable sabzi for side dish.

Actually I served this paneer pulao with onion raita as side dish. But I felt some tangy and spicy tomato based gravy would have made a best side dish for this pulao as its mildly spiced. You can make some mixed vegetable sabzi or dal makhani.  Friends, do try this healthy and easy paneer pulao recipe for your weekend lunch. It tastes yummy.

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Paneer pulao recipe

Paneer pulao recipe

Paneer pulao recipe in pressure cooker

Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Paneer / Cottage cheese - 200gms
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 2 tsp + 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Black stone flower - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Big onion - 1
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chilli – 2
  • Carrot – 1 ( finely chopped)
  • Frozen Green peas – a handful
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mint + Coriander leaves - a handful
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Crushed Kasoori Methi - 1 tsp
  1. Wash and peel carrot, chop finely.
  2. Chop paneer into small square pieces.
  3. Chop vegetables into small cubes.
  4. Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base.
  5. Saute whole spices, onion, gg paste, green chilli.
  6. Add tomato and saute for a minute.
  7. Add carrot, green peas and saute for a minute.
  8. Add soaked basmati rice, water and salt.
  9. Add garam masala powder, finely chopped mint and coriander leaves, crushed kasoori methi.
  10. Mix well and lastly add the toasted paneer pieces.
  11. Close the cooker and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  12. Open the cooker after the steam is released.
  13. Fluff the rice gently and serve with any gravy or raita.
  • Wash and peel carrot. Chop finely. Chop paneer into small squares. Heat oil in a dosa tawa.
  • Toast the paneer pieces on both the sides till golden in color. Remove in a plate.
  • Heat oil + ghee in pressure cooker base. Saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black stone flower and bay leaf. 
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  • Add onion, ginger garlic paste, green chilli and saute till onion turns transparent.
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  • Add tomato and saute till mushy. Add carrot, green peas and saute for a minute. Add soaked basmati rice, water, salt and garam masala powder. Paneer pulao recipe
  • Lastly add the chopped mint+ coriander leaves and crushed Kasoori methi. Mix well and cover the cooker. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Fluff the rice gently and serve hot with some tomato based gravy. I served with onion raita but some gravy would be a better side dish.
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    Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can add red chilli powder instead of green chilli. But pulao looks red in color.
  • You can also add garam masala powder for more flavor.

Tasty Paneer pulao is ready to serve ! Enjoy !

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