Peas and paneer pulao

Peas paneer pulao

Peas and paneer pulao is a nutritious and delicious rice dish.  It can be served as a one pot meal with  raita or papad as a light accompaniment.

Ingredients

  • Basmati rice - 2 cups
  • Green peas - 1/2 cup
  • Cottage cheese (paneer) - 100 gms (cut into cubes)
  • Chopped onions - 1/4 cup
  • Chopped tomatoes - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ghee - 2 tablespoons
  • Curd - 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Star anise - 2
  • Bay leaves (tejpatta) - 2 to 3
  • Cloves (lavang) - 2
  • TO GRIND
  • Garlic cloves - 7 to 8
  • Ginger - 1 inch small piece peeled
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon

Method

Step 1

Wash and soak basmati rice for half an hour. This helps the grains to be separate while cooking.

Step 2

Grind garlic, ginger, coconut, green chillies and coriander leaves with little water to make a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Step 3

Heat ghee in a small pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds. Once it stops spluttering, add cumin seeds, star anise, bay leaves, cloves and saute for half a minute.

Step 4

Add chopped onions and tomatoes and stir fry for a minute.

Step 5

Add green peas and mix well.

Step 6

Add ground masala, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and paneer pieces and combine together.

Step 7

Add soaked basmati rice, 2 1/2 cups of water and curd and mix well.

Step 8

Close the lid and pressure cook upto 3 whistles.

Step 9

Serve hot with raita or papad

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