Paneer Biryani is a popular Indian rice entree that tastes fabulous along with some raita. This biryani is cooked in dum layer method, allowing flavours to burst all through the rice dish.
Paneer Biriyani recipe , unlike other regular Vegetable Biryani is an enhanced version of Pulao Rice. It is simply perfect to make for a celebration or even as a part of weekend menu. Also featuring my grand ‘New’ Staub Cocotte from Zwilling UK.
It has been a couple of weeks, that I have been regular with blog posts and on social media. I have been buzy with family and the new Personal Project on the card. I have the whole day planned running between schools, hardware stores, planning and then sorting out. Oops… I will keep this with me. Just a few more days before I can actually share whats happening!!
There is so much to do and I want to shoot but trust me its nearly a month, I actually picked my camera. Its slowly getting covered with a layer of dust. My 100 mm lens, just besides my laptop looks like show piece to me. Sometimes I realise, there are many things that have a priority in life and take an upper stand even if I didn’t want too..
These days I have been wishing the Day had 35 hours and not 24 !!!
Between soo many things, I have just realised we are in Autumn, soon in Winter. All that I know is I want to get back to regular blogging – weekly twice. Once it’s got onto my mind, I know it will materialise soon.
Moving further, a couple of months ago, the gorgeous lady at Zwilling UK offered to send me a product of my choice and I hand picked the Staub Cocotte. I was certain to pick a color/piece that is not regular and something very classy. A piece that will be the highlight on the dinning table and there will not be any need to change the cookware before serving.
When the Dark Blue 29cm Staub Cocotte arrived in June, trust me – I kept looking at it . Gorgeously presented with the tricolor logo ribbon tied on the brass knob and the instruction booklet placed in it. Man, its heavy !! It will be because it Cast Iron.
They are Incredibly versatile – ideal for cooking stews, for slow-cooked dishes, for curries and even Rice. Food Cooked in cocotte retains ingredients full flavour and aroma and all thanks to the tight lid that encloses it.
My first dish had be a biryani recipe for me in the cocotte, specially because it can be finished off in the oven if needed too. Tight Lid feature helps me give my Biryani DUM ( A cooking method where Steam in choked and enables the cooking). I enjoyed the process of making Paneer Biryani in the cocotte. let me tell you, our biryani remained warm for a very long time.
The only Con to mention is that Cocotte is quite heavy with food and it can get quite hot. Remember to use your gloves or kitchen towel while handling it. And yes, its priced at 269£ , still worth it. Once in a lifetime investment, so why not!!
HOW TO MAKE PANEER BIRYANI?
To prepare Paneer Biryani, there are a couple of steps to keep in mind. With minimal advance preparation, this easy Biryani with Paneer can be made instantly.
First and foremost step is to prepare the marination for Paneer and set it aside.
Second step is to half cook the rice and set it aside. Once rice is sorted, its literally half the cooking sorted.
Fried onions can be made in the airfryer for a healthier option or deep fried. Alternatively it can be bought from store for a quick fix.
Once the paneer is marinated and ready, its time to make the biryani.
Add the spices to the heated butter in the cocotte or a pan.
Now add the marinated Paneer and layer them tidily. Layer the paneer with all the rice. Top it with fried onions, saffron soaked in milk, Cinnamon Cardamom Cloves Powder, finely chopped mint leaves and some more butter.
Cover with a moist cloth and then place the tight lid.
Allow the rice to cook in medium flame for 5 min and then for another 5 minutes in low flame. Turn off the flame and set it aside. Since the cocotte would retain the heat, Biryani will tend to cook further .
I had reserved a few paneer cubes from the marinated paneer and fried them on the grill. Once the biryani was ready, add the paneer cubes for garnish.
PANEER BIRYANI RECIPE
Paneer Biryani is a delicious and flavorsome rice entree dish, ready in 40 minutes .Serve along with Indian vegetable raitha.
- 500 g Paneer cubed
- 1.5 Cup Yogurt
- Salt to taste
- 1 Tsp Chilli Powder
- 3/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp Kasturi Methi Dried Fenugreek Leaves
- 1 Tsp Garam masala
- 1/2 Tsp Cardamom Powder
- 1 Tblsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 Tsp Coriander Leaves
- 1 Tsp Mint Leaves
- 1 Green Chillies finely Chopped is optional
- Fried Onions
- 3 Medium Sized Onions or 2 Large Onion thinly sliced and airfryed.
- 2 Cups of Rice
- 6 Cups of Water
- 11/2 Tsp Salt
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 10 Cloves
- 4 Cardamom
- 1 Black Cardamom
- 3 Tsp of Finely Chopped Mint Leaves
- 2 Pinch of Saffron soaked in 6 Tsp hot milk
- 1 Tsp of Cinnamon Cardamom Cloves Powder
- 4 Tbslpn of Butter or Ghee
- Fried Onions
In a large bowl add all the ingredients for marination and set aside minimum of 30 minutes. It can stay marinated for 2 hours or so if time permits.
Prepare fried Onions
I have airfryed my Onions for a healthy alternative. If you like, you could fry them. Heat Oil in a pan and add the sliced onions. Fry them in medium flame until golden brown. Set them aside.
Wash and Rinse the rice a couple of times and allow them to sit for atleast 30 minutes.
To a large pot, add the boiling water from the kettle followed by the whole spices and Salt. Now add the rice and allow it to cook just 50%. To test, pick up one of the rice grain and check, it should break into halves. Drain all the water at this stage and set the rice aside.
To the Cocotte, add the Butter or even a combination of butter and oil. Now add the marinated Paneer and layer them tidily. Layer the paneer with all the rice. Top it with fried onions, saffron soaked in milk, Cinnamon Cardamom Cloves Powder,Finely chopped mint leaves and some more butter.
Cover with a moist cloth and then place the tight lid. Allow the rice to cook in medium flame for 5 min and then for another 5 minutes in low flame. Turn off the flame and set it aside. Since the cocotte would retain the heat, Biryani will tend to cook further .
Serve them hot along with a bowl of Onion Raita.
You could also pair Paneer Biryani wit Cucumber Raita,Plum Raita or Boondi Raita.
I had reserved a few paneer cubes from the marinated paneer and fried them on the grill. Once the biryani was ready, these paneer cubes were used as garnish.