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Paneer Pulao Using a Special Pulav Masala
Paneer Pulao is a hearty main course dish for a vegetarian dinner party. Fragrant rice combined with spices and shallow fried cubes of paneer makes this a beautiful dish.
Servings
8serving
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings
8serving
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak the jeera / ambemohar rice in plenty of water for 20 minutes.
  2. Finely slice onions. Peel and dice carrots. Deseed and chop the bell pepper into squares. Peel and dice potato into cubes. Dice 200 grams paneer into cubes.
  3. Chop the remaining 200 grams paneer into cubes and marinate in a large bowl with oil, red chilli powder, turmeric, yogurt, 1/2 tsp salt, gram flour. Keep aside.
  4. In a large heavy bottomed pan, heat the ghee. Add all the whole spices.
  5. Once the spices puff up / crackle, add the sliced onions, diced carrots, potatoes and bell peppers. Saute for 30 seconds. Add the diced (plain) paneer. Stir well. Add the green peas, pulav masala, salt (2.5 tsp) and stir to mix.
  6. Add 4 cups of water. Cover and bring to a simmer. Add the rice, stir well, cover and cook on a low flame for 10-12 minutes, until water is absorbed and rice is cooked.
  7. Meanwhile, heat 2 tsp oil in pan. Remove the marinated paneer pieces with a slotted spoon. Drain off excess marinade and shallow fry the pieces on medium flame until golden brown on all sides. Do not fry for too long, or they will turn rubbery.
  8. Remove the cooked pulao in a large platter. Arrange golden paneer pieces over the top. Garnish with fresh coriander.
Recipe Notes

The pulav turns out incredibly fragrant and the vegetables in red and green stand out like jewels. The paneer pieces inside the pulao are succulent, while the shallow fried ones provide a crispy element to the dish. You can also use baked / fried bread cubes as a substitute to the shallow fried paneer pieces.

This post is in collaboration with Pure and Sure Рusing their Organic Pulav Masala.The Pulav Masala can be ordered here. You can find them on Facebook. You can shop their products from Pureandsure.in

The only good paneer brands in Bangalore are Milky Mist and Mother Dairy (when available). I have experimented with lots of brands that they are all poor in flavour and turn rubbery on cooking, so best to stick to a trusted brand of paneer.

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