Apr 28, 2012

பனீர் பிரியாணி / Paneer Biryani / Cottage Cheese Biryani - Lunch Box Ideas

Happy Saturday Guys..Its still raining here, I am feeling so drowsy..Feel like sleeping the whole day..I think i will be doing that. Its so cold out there, i feel like having a bowl full of chicken soup and fried chicken..But the only thing i am having right now is a cup of green tea (diet for my marriage)..But green tea is making me better..What are you guys doing..

Now coming back to the recipe..This is a simple yet flavourful paneer briyani..I love paneer so much, but nowadays i am substituting paneer for tofu..I think they both have the same texture, but tofu is a lot more healthier..This briyani has so much flavour in it since we are adding a good amount of coriander leaves.Great for parties or for lunch box...I hope you will love it as much i do..


Basmati Rice – 1 cup
Water – 1 cup
Paneer / Cottage Cheese – 1 packet cubed
Onion – 1 sliced thinly
Tomatoes – 2 chopped finely
Curd – ½ cup
Tomato Ketchup – 2 tblspn
Ghee – 2 tblspn
Oil- 1 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam – 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
Coriander leaves / Cilantro – 1 cup
Green Chilli – 4
Cinnamon / Pattai – 1 small stick
Cardamom/Yelakai – 4
Cloves / Krambu – 4
Star Anise – 1


Wash and Soak Basmati Rice for 30 mins. Drain and Set aside.

Take the ingrediants in a blender and make into a fine puree by adding some water. Set this aside.

Heat a tblspn of oil and fry the paneer pieces in that. Remove and Set aside.

Take a Pressure Cooker. Add 2 tblspn oil and heat it up. Throw in cumin seeds and fry well.

Add in onions and cook till golden brown. Season with salt and mix well.

Add in the ground masala and cook till oil separates from it.

Add in tomatoes and cook till mushy.

Add in curd, tomato ketchup and fried paneer pieces and mix well.

Add rice and water and bring everything to a boil.

Cover and simmer for 15- 20 mins or cook for 1 whistle and switch off the flame. Let the pressure go all by itself . Open it and fluff with a fork.

Serve with raita.

Take all your ingrediants
Take all the grinding ingrediants in a mixer
and make into a puree
Fry paneer pieces in oil
till golden
Heat ghee and crackle cumin
add onions
and some salt
pour the ground masala
add tomatoes and cook
add ketchup and mix well
add curd and mix well
throw the paneer pieces in
and then the rice
pour water
cover and cook
till done


  1. Great post dear...so easy to follow...love ur version.

  2. totally yummy.. and paneer looks so delicious there.. its raining in chennai its too hott here in mumbai

  3. That sounds delicious but your chillies cannot be as hot as mine! If I used that many of mine it would blow my head off, and I like very hot!!!
    It does not seem to have stopped raining here for the past month, I am getting a bit fed up with it!! Diane

  4. very delicious n flavorful looking biryani...yummy
    Super Yummy Recipes

  5. I've never thought of using tofu in place of paneer. What a good idea to save some calories.

  6. Arathi how do you have so much of energy? :-) The tomato ketchup was a new ingredient for me.

  7. Delicious looking Biryani! Like anything with Paneer would look otherwise. :)

  8. Can we skip ketchup...y it is used in this,can u tell..


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