How to make Paneer Biryani -

Paneer Biryani is a rich, delicious recipe with an exotic medley of spices which make your taste buds go warm

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर), Basmati rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

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Paneer Biryani

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Paneer Biryani Recipe

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) , cut into 1/2 inch cubes 50 grams

  • Basmati rice , cooked 3 cups

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Butter 2 tablespoons

  • Cloves 5-6

  • Black peppercorns 5-6

  • Green cardamoms 3-4

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies , slit 2-3

  • Onions , sliced 2 medium

  • Tomato puree 1 cup

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Biryani masala 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Yogurt 1 cup

  • Fried onions 1 cup

  • Fresh mint leaves , chopped 1/4 cup + tablespoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves , chopped 1/4 cup + tablespoons

  • Baby corns , diagonally sliced 5-6

  • Button mushrooms , sliced 6-7

  • Saffron , mixed with 3-4 tablespoons ceam a few strands

  • Ginger , cut into thin strips 1 1/2 inches

  • Green chillies , cut into thin strips 1-2


Step 1

Heat ghee and butter in a deep non-stick pan. Add cloves, black peppercorns and green cardamoms, mix and sauté till fragrant. Add ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and onions, mix and sauté till lightly browned.

Step 2

Add tomato puree, mix and saute for 1 minute. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or till oil separates. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, biryani masala and salt, mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add yogurt and mix well. Cover and cook till oil separates.

Step 3

Add ½ cup fried onions, ¼ cup mint leaves and ¼ cup coriander leaves and mix well. Add baby corns, button mushrooms and mix well. Add cottage cheese cubes and salt and mix well. Add 1 cup water and mix well. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 4

Spread the rice evenly over the cottage cheese mixture. Drizzle ½ the saffron-cream mixture and sprinkle remaining fried onions, green chilli strips, remaining mint leaves, remaining coriander leaves and remaining saffron-cream mixture. Cover the pan with aluminium foil and keep the lid over it. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Step 5

Transfer onto serving platter, garnish with mint sprig and serve hot.

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