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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Paneer Pulao Recipe | Red Pepper Paneer Pulao | Pressure Cooker Recipes

   Paneer pulao a spicy pulao  made with paneer ,rice and spices. Indian cottage cheese is a favorite of most Indians including kids.Its chewable texture makes it the most favorite like soya chunks.Instead of doing curry with cottage cheese making the main course like pulao will make the meal entirely different.To make the pulao extra yummy ,paneer has to be little firm so that there will be a bite otherwise the taste will be like regular rice.
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  Pulao is a north Indian rice dish made with less spice.I made it spicy because i added red pepper which has a sweeter nature .The sweetness of red pepper and the spice of green chili compliments each other when they are together with the chewable paneer make this recipe taste great.
     If you have a peas ,mushroom ,chana,tikka masala or butter masala pairing ,that will be a filling and healthy meal for your entire family.Plain raita is a good choice for kids.

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Step by step picture recipe for making red pepper rice :
  • Soak rice for 10-15 minutes.Then drain the water and keep it aside.Cube cottage cheese after washing.Chop red pepper in the same size.Saute paneer with 1 tbsp of oil until you get crispy texture on the sides.Careful not to break  them by turning it often.Cottage cheese tend to break in the heat.So be careful.Saute red bell pepper in the remaining oil.
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  • Add 1 tbsp of oil and ghee to pressure cooker,then add tempering items  bay leaf,cardamom,clove.Add thin sliced onions,green chili .After a while add ginger -garlic paste and give a quick saute.Wait until onion turn little brown.Turning brown will make the pulao extra delicious.
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  • Add mint leaves to cooker ,saute then add garam masala,chili powder,coriander powder.Add rice and wait for a minute.Saute without breaking it.
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  • Add required water(i added 2 1/2 cups water) then add required salt (i added 1 1/2 tsp salt ).When the water boils  taste the water for spice and salt.Pressure cook for 1-2 whistles (don't turn them mushy).You can remove the whistles before the pressure subsides.
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  • After you remove the whitle,Fluff with a fork.Add saute paneer and red pepper.Give a stir.I made peas and mushroom masala to go with this.It took 1 hour for me to prepare curry and rice.
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                                                   Paneer Pulao Recipe                                   

paneer pulao                     How to make red pepper pulao recipe  

 Cuisine: Indian   Category:Lunch/Brunch Prep time:10-15 minutes  Cook time:20 minutes Total Time:40 minutes

  • 1 1/2cup Basmati rice.
  • 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cup water.
  • 1 1/2 to 1  3/4 tsp salt.
  • 1 green chili.
  • 1 small onion.
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder.
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder.
  • 1/4 tsp little less garam masala.
  • few mint leaves.
  • 1 cup cubed paneer(around 200 grams).
  • 1 red bell pepper.
To temper:
  • 1 tbsp oil.
  • 1 tbsp ghee.
  • 1/2 tsp jeera/cumin.
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 1 cardamom.
  • 1 clove.
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste.
  • Soak Basmati rice for 15 minutes after washing.Drain the excess water and keep it aside.
  • Cube cottage cheese after washing .Chop red pepper in the same size.
  • Saute paneer with 1 tbsp of oil until you get crispy texture on the sides.Careful not to break  them by turning it often.Paneer tend to break in the heat.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil and ghee to pressure cooker,then add tempering items  bay leaf,cardamom,clove.
  • Add thinly sliced onions,green chili .Saute then add ginger -garlic paste,wait until onion turn little brown.This will make the pulao extra delicious.
  • Add garam masala,chili powder,coriander powder to the pressure cooker.
  • Add rice also and wait for a minute.You can saute the rice without breaking.
  • Add required water(i added 2 1/2 cups water) then add required salt (i added 1 1/2 tsp salt ).
  • When the water boils ,taste it.
  • Keep it for 1-2 whistles (don't turn them mushy.If you soaked the rice too long then switch off at 1 whitle itself).
  • You can remove the whistles before the pressure subsides.
  • Fluff it with a fork.Add saute paneer and red pepper to the rice.
  • Delicious paneer -red pepper pulao is ready.Serve it with curry of your choice.I made peas and mushroom masala.


  1. Delicious looking platter of rice...

  2. quick and tasty one pot meal! Paneer any form is great right?

  3. The colour of red pepper and paneer are complimenting each other....delicious combo

  4. I love such kind of one pot meal :)

  5. Wow Sathya, you have prepared it really well. Your paneer pulao is looking so delicious. Awesome post !!

  6. Delicious looking paneer pulao, love the addition of bell pepper, adds good crunch..

  7. hey how are u?
    I am visiting you blog after a long time, i promise i will be more active now.
    Looks sooooo yumm, i am gonna try it soon :)

  8. lovely one pot meal,looks very simple to try

  9. Interesting Rice preparation this is dear, the combination of ingredients is just wow...

  10. what a flavorful rice preparation.. delicious!!

  11. Wow, what a lovely recipe... full of flavours... awesome


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