3Medium Sized Onions or 2 Large Onion thinly sliced and airfryed.
Whole Spices (Garam Masala's)
3Tspof Finely Chopped Mint Leaves
2Pinchof Saffron soaked in 6 Tsp hot milk
1Tspof Cinnamon Cardamom Cloves Powder
4Tbslpn of Butter or Ghee
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.