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We are celebrating Sapana’s Virtual Baby Shower’ today. Welcoming a new bundle of joy into the family is a very exciting time for the whole family and especially to the mom. So Sapana, here’s wishing you ‘All the very best for the new arrival’.

So our BM group decided to cook from Sapana to celebrate her Virtual Baby Shower. I picked a simple one-pot dish, Paneer Pulao from Sapana’s blog. This dish was a hit with my family. I made minor changes to the original recipe to suit for taste preference.

Recipe adapted from Sapana’s blog here:

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Quick Paneer Pulao Yum
Quick Paneer Pulao
Course main course
Cuisine north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 Onion - large, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes - medium, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Onions Fried
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 1 tsp Chili powder Red
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 22 pods Garam Masala cardamom bay leaf cinnamon Whole - cloves, , 1 , 1" stick
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ cup Mint Leaves
  • ¼ cup Cilantro Leaves
  • to taste Salt
For Marinating Paneer:
  • cups Paneer - , chopped
  • 2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tsp chili powder Red
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Masala Biryani
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • to taste Salt
Course main course
Cuisine north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 Onion - large, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes - medium, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Onions Fried
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground
  • 1 tsp Chili powder Red
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 22 pods Garam Masala cardamom bay leaf cinnamon Whole - cloves, , 1 , 1" stick
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ cup Mint Leaves
  • ¼ cup Cilantro Leaves
  • to taste Salt
For Marinating Paneer:
  • cups Paneer - , chopped
  • 2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tsp chili powder Red
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Masala Biryani
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • to taste Salt
Quick Paneer Pulao
Instructions
  1. Marinate the Paneer: Combine all the ingredients for marinating paneer in a mixing bowl. Set aside to marinate for at least 1 hour. The longer paneer sits in the marinade, the better it absorbs the flavors.
  2. Wash and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat 2tbsp oil + 1tbsp ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the whole garam masala and bay leaf; cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  4. Next add the sliced onions and ginger+garlic paste. Mix well and saute till the onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 10~12 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, cook till the tomatoes are mushy.
  6. Add the red chili powder, ground coriander, garam masala and salt. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Next add the paneer with all the marinade and the chopped herbs. Mix well and add the rice along with 3~3½cups of water. Cover with the lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  8. Serve warm with raita and potato chips.
Recipe Notes

Sapana, We hope the stork brings you a healthy and beautiful new baby. Wishing you all the very best from BM gang.

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14 thoughts on “Quick Paneer Pulao (Pressure Cooker Method)”

  1. Thanks for your wishes Pavani , it really means a lot to me. I am truly grateful to have a friend like you . God bless you ……

  2. wonderful recipe ..and i love the way you set your table..it is so so live..feel like digging in!!

  3. Pavani this is delicious. ( so delicious that I have had to correct the spellings twice now eating my words too) Bookmaking this pulao.

  4. My birthday was last Saturday. I had a fantastic weekend of family, shopping and great meals. Believe it or not, my favorite gift was this pressure cooker, which is a gift from my awesome husband. It may not seem romantic, but I’m so happy.Melissa Barajas

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