Wednesday 28 April 2021

Paneer Pulav Recipe/Paneer Pulav with Fresh Ground Masala/How to make Paneer Pulav with step by step photos

Paneer Pulav is a delicious, easy and healthy Lunch Box recipe that can be made quickly. There are different ways to make Paneer Pulav, this is yet another unique way of preparing it. Instead of adding whole spices, I have ground the spices and added it when making the pulav. This in fact makes this Paneer Pulav unique, divine and bursting with flavours. Do try out this lovely and tempting Paneer Pulav and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and mouthwatering Paneer Recipes here, other North Indian Subjishere.

Here’s how to make Paneer Pulav with step by step photos…


Paneer/Cottage Cheese

200-250 g

Basmathi Rice

2 cups


2 big sliced

Green Chilles


Ginger Garlic Paste

1.5 tbsp


2 small finely chopped


1 small bunch


1-2 tbsp finely chopped

Bay Leaf


Oil + Ghee

3 tbsp

 For Making Fresh Ground Masala

Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam

 1 tsp

Cinnamon Sticks/Pattai

1 small stick





Black Pepper

1 tsp


1 small piece

Stone Flower

One small piece

Preparation Time: 10 minutes                            Recipe Category: Main Course/Lunch

Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes                             Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Author: Priya Anandakumar

check out other interesting and mouthwatering Paneer Recipes here, other North Indian Subjis here.


Wash the basmathi rice 2-3 times and drain the water. Add fresh water and soak for about 30 minutes.

To make Fresh Ground Masala

Add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, mace, stone flower to a a mixer jar.

Grind everything to a coarse powder and keep it aside.

Cut the paneer to small cubes and keep it ready.

Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in a kadai/pan, add the cut paneer cubes and fry to golden brown color. Transfer the paneer cubes to a plate.

To the same kadai/pan, add 1 tbsp of ghee, then add 2 bay leaf to it.

Now add sliced onions, little salt and saute them well. Wait until the onions turn to golden brown color.

At this stage add the slit & cut green chillies and saute for 10-20 seconds.

Now add the ginger & garlic paste and saute well until the raw smell vanishes.

Add the coarsely ground fresh masala and saute for about 10-20 seconds.

Add the chopped tomatoes and mix really well. Cover and cook until they turn mushy.

Now add the washed mint leaves and saute well until they wilt down.

Add 3 cups of water, required salt and let it come to rolling boil.

At this stage add, the washed & soaked rice and let it come to a boil.

Close with lid and cook on medium flame for about 20-25 minutes or until done.

Once the rice is cooked, give a good stir.

Add the fried paneer pieces to the rice, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.

Finally open the lid and add the finely chopped cilantro and mix really well.

Delicious and tempting Paneer Pulav is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it hot with Raita, Vegetable Kurma, Bindhi Masala etc.

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