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Paneer Pulav/Rice.

When unexpected guests arrive...though you are smiling..your brain will automatically search your kitchen...your fridge...pantry....for something that can be cooked in a jiffy. For those unexpected ones I always store frozen paneer.....this is one of my favorite pulav for vegetarian guests and can be made in about 30 min if there are frozen paneer in the freezer. I had bookmarked this in a 2004 Pachakam magazine and ever since this is a favorite. This pulav can be had with any veg or non veg curry.

Basmati rice: 1 1/2 cups.
Ghee or refined oil: 3 or 4 tbsp.
Jeera/cumin seeds: 1/4 tsp.
Cloves: 3 or 4.
Cinnamon: 2 pieces.
Cardomon: 3 or 4.
Cashew nuts chopped: 1 tbsp.
Kismis/dry grapes: 1 or 2 tbsp.
Onion: 1, sliced..
Paneer cubed: 100 gm or 1 packet.
Coriander leaves/Cilantro: for garnishing.
1.Cook rice with salt, strain and keep aside.
2.Heat a pan and put in ghee/refined oil and fry the paneer and drop into a bowl of water (this makes the paneer soft. Frying makes the paneer a bit hard.
3. In the same pan fry the sliced onion till brown, strain and keep aside, again in the same pan fry the kismis, cashew nuts strain and keep aside.
4. Put in all the spices; jeera, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and add the cooked rice and mix well. Add salt if needed. 
5. Mix in the paneer, fried onion, cashew-nuts, and Kismis. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with any veg or non veg curry.. 

Tip: If you are short of kismis/dry grapes and can omit them....but make sure there are browned onions on top :)


  1. Wow!! that's a delicious the colors.

  2. Such a delicious pulao,soooo tempting..

  3. looks delicious and liked ur presentation grt

  4. Hi Nisa, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment! Your blog is really beautiful and I'll definitely be visiting often. This pulav looks wonderful, I love the addition of the delicious pan-fried paneer and onions!

  5. Wow that is really very simple and so yummy,I almost always have a stock of paneer,peas,carrots,and boiled spinach in my freezer for these quick fixes :)

  6. Delicious...Such a tempting platter you have there...
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)

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  7. Simple and flavorful it.

  8. My fav!!! its such a simply yummy meal right??
    hey upload liz'z wedding pics if you have ....i dint see even betrothals yet :(

  9. Looks delicious and nice recipe.

  10. Delicious pulav... looks very tempting.

  11. So delighted to see ur rice.....wonderful and easy too

  12. This pulav looks fabulous! Love the paneer in there!

  13. First time in your blog and you have a nice space here! Happy to see another Kottayam blogger:)....

  14. This pulav looks fantastic.. love the pics...

  15. paneer pulav looks fanstastic ... lovely recipe too


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  16. wow,,that's so inviting,,I am feeling hungry...looks So yummy..

  17. Your Paneer Pulav/Rice is beautiful, I just love the combination of spice, it would smell so good.Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday today and please come back!

  18. Lovely, I have not seen paneer in rice before, looks like a great combo...


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