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Paneer Pulao (Rice with Paneer and Peas)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tablespoon light cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 small-sized tomato finely chopped
  • 400   gms paneer cut into cubes
  • ½ cup frozen green peas thawed
  • 2 cups Basmati rice washed and drained thoroughly
  • 3 and ½ cups water
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped for garnish


  • Heat oil in a wide non-stick pan and add in cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Once they start to sizzle, add in onions and fry until lightly browned.
  • Add in the spices and salt, and fry for a few seconds to mix well. Now add in the chopped tomato and paneer, and stir-fry for a couple of minutes until the paneer starts to brown along the edges.
  • Add in the peas, rice and water, give it a quick stir, and let it cook covered on medium-low heat until all the water evaporates.
  • Once the rice has cooked, gently fluff it out with a fork and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve warm.