Thursday, October 21, 2010

Paneer Peas Pulav

A very easy and quick one pot meal either on a busy weekday or for potlucks. You can add as many veggies or spices you want in this dish.

Many kids like paneer and many mom's will see a empty lunchbox if you pack this rice!

Get Ready: ( serves 6-8)
  •  2 cups Basmati Rice (washed, drained)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 3-4 green chillies slit
  • 1 tbsp ginger chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup paneer cubes ( small size)
  • 1 tsp pulav masala
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For Tempering/ tadka
  • 1tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp saunf/ fennel seeds
  • 1 small bark cinnamon stick
  • 2 green cardamom.


  • Add 1 tsp of olive oil in a pan. When hot, add the paneer cubes and fry till slightly golden and set aside. You can totally omit this step if you want to and just add paneer as it is.
  • Add 1 tsp of olive and saute the rice for a 5 mins and set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the remaining oil and ghee. when hot add the tadka ingredients.
  • When they splutter, add the onion, garlic, chillies, ginger and saute till the onions are translucent.
  • Add the tomato puree, masala powders and saute till the oil starts to separate at the edges.
  • Add the peas & saute for few mins.
  • Add the rice, paneer, 2 cups of water, salt to taste and stir everything.
  • Close the cooker and cook for 1 whistle and turn off the heat. As we are directly cooking in the cooker, one whistle is enough.
  • Once you open the cooker, fluff therice with a fork and garnish with either fried onions and/ or with cilantro.

Sending this to Priya's
 and Jagruti's



  1. interesting addition of paneer..

  2. Such a comfort one pot meal ....... looks delicious !

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  3. can u pass me the bowl plez ...the pulao is too good the flavor of funnel ..yum
    hey priya there is one lunch box event ..if u want u can send ur entry to there too ,here is the link...hope u don't mind
    have a gr8 weekend dear


  4. Addition of paneer is definitely a great idea...Yummy pulao

  5. wow very yummy yummy rice....

    by the way, what surprise you have for me dear???


  6. Hands down this is my most favorite pulao..looks very very..tempting Priya! love the texture of your rice!

    US Masala

  7. Hi Priya,

    The pulao looks yummy...Do visit me!!


  8. The pulav is perfect for a lunch menu...well made.

  9. Paneer and peas in pulao, goes definitely to my favourite list, beautiful looking rice Priya, thanks for sending for a humble cause:)..

    Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes

  10. hey priya,
    the dish packs quite a punch. and yes my daughter's lunch box will see this yummy rice next week. will keep you posted how it goes---

  11. combination of peas and paneer is awesome....

  12. Sounds very interesting..addition of paneer will make it very flavorful..yummy


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