Thursday, 4 December 2008

Peas and Paneer Pulao


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Two of my favorite ingredients, peas and paneer come together to make a new favorite - Peas and Paneer Pulao...! All diets and resolutions go in the dumps when I'm faced with some paneer and rice, I just can't help but have some. So of course, I only make this once in a while, but when I do, it is totally worth it!

Here's the really easy recipe for days that you just want to indulge, and you know, we ALL have days like those once in a while.


For this delectable Pulao, you will need:

2 cups of Basmati rice - soaked for an hour
1 cup - green peas, I used frozen peas.
1/2 cup Paneer -sauteed in some olive oil and chopped in cubes
1 green pepper - sliced lengthwise
1 cup any other veggies you like (I used some French beans and a few carrot slivers)
1 large red onion- sliced lengthwise

For the tempering:

1 tbsp - Olive Oil ( use what you normally have on hand, I cook a lot with Olive oil)
1 tsp - Shahi Jeera or plain Jeera ( cumin)
2-3 small green cardamoms
1-2 cinnamon sticks
2-3 tbsp of yogurt- whipped
1 tbsp - ginger and garlic paste
2-3 heaping tbsp -of your best Biryani/Pulao or garam masala- I have some Gujarati biryani/pulao masala that I used. Use to your taste. I used a lot because I wasn't using any turmeric or chili powder.
Few fresh mint leaves - I had about 7-8 on hand, so I used them all.
salt - to taste
sugar - a pinch or two

Soak the rice and let it sit for an hour.

Take a deep pan, heat some oil and add the jeera, cardamoms, and the cinnamon sticks. When they sizzle, add the onions,and the ginger-garlic paste. Stir really well and now add the biryani/pulao masala. Add the Peas, and the veggies you have. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes and add the yogurt, mixing it well. Don't overcook the veggies, because you'll be adding the rice.

Now add the soaked rice, mint leaves, salt and sugar to this mixture. Add 4 cups of water to the pan. Mix gently, taking care not to break the rice. Season the rice and veggies further with more masala if needed. Let the mixture come to a boil, and then lower the heat. Cook until the rice is done.I usually don't cover it, I find that the rice becomes sticky that way. Towards the last few minutes of the cooking, add the paneer pieces and toss gently. Garnish with cilantro leaves if you like!

Fluff the rice and serve with some onion and cucumber raita.

30 comments:

Red Chillies said...

Peas Pulav is my favorite and like your version! Not a fan of paneer though.

Madhu said...

I like peas pulav, never mixed with paneer, looks yummy.

Chandani said...

your pulao looks very pretty and delious:)

jd said...

Woah - that looks beautiful!

My boyfriend loves paneer (saag paneer is his favorite dish!), so I'll have to make this for him sometime.

Thanks for the great idea :)

Usha said...

The pulao looks really yummy,love the combination of peas and paneer!

Archy said...

Love paneer... never tried in pulao.. need to try.. looks so nice.. !!

delhibelle said...

paneer and peas are my top favs as well, pulav looks totally delish

Shillu said...

I love peas pulao. never tried with paneer cpmbo. looks awesome.

musical said...

What looks!

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

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Uj said...

Paneer and Peas.. veyr nice combination.. Looks great..Got to try this when I make Paneer next time..Bookmarked

Jennifer said...

This looks delicious! I am going to try it out.

I love peas and paneer. Yum. And I learned how easy it is to make homemade paneer recently, so I'm really excited!

Linda said...

I want to be the 13th cardamom, always. Hello, neighbor! The peas and paneer are a wonderful combination, my goodness... I am looking over ideas for a pot luck supper in a couple of weeks and this seems the best yet.

Hope you're doing well - it's been a very mild autumn here.

Priya said...

Recently i prepared almost the same with carrot n paneer, pulao looks delicious..

Yasmeen said...

Cheesy pulao with Paneer:)

Priyanka said...

I havent cooked any pulao in ages....yours looks delicious. Now i might just have to give in and cook some for myself.

Raaga said...

this looks great :)

and your blog doesn't update in my reader at all.

veggie belly said...

i love rice and panner! but its great to know that tofu will work in this recipe as well. my husband is not a fan of paneer - so i think ill try this with tofu for a change. thanks for the idea :)

Purva Desai said...

Peas and paneer a lovely combo, you are tempting me to break my diet regime :)

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Alka said...

Looks invitingly tempting...is some portion left out or u finished out the whole ;-)

Aparna said...

Who doesn't love paneer or peas? Any dish with this combination is a winner where I'm concerned.:)

Nirvana's Kitchen said...

This pulao looks fantastic (and so does the alu dum recipe) -- I am looking forward to giving them a try thanks so much for sharing them :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Dear Trupti, First time to ur blog(I guess)...pulao sounds interesting and inviting. Like paneer so much, but hardly find here.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow never tried this combo. Recipe looks yum and makes me drool.

SriLekha said...

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Adlak's tiny world said...

Pretty and tasty pulao... love to have this.. Nice collections of recipes here..

Shreya said...

hi, love the combo of peas and paneer. Looks really good:-)

Varsha Vipins said...

Lovely Dish Trupti.First time here,you got a nice space..:)

Geri said...

Sounds delicious. My husband and son would love this.

gandhabonik said...

The dish can be made quickly and easily. My mother makes some other version of it. I like this with some other side dish served (might be some non-veg one).

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