Thursday, 22 November 2012

Paneer Capsicum Pulav

I love packing some mixed rice to lunch. I generally do some combinations of available vegetables, spices and rice. This is one such innovative combination which I tried and it turned out to be fabulous. I ended up eating this rice without any side dish!!!


Rice – 150 grams
Capsicum – 50 grams
Paneer – 100 grams
Onions – 75 grams
Green chillies – 10 grams
Ginger-Garlic paste – 10 grams
Ghee – 10 grams
Fennel seeds – 2 grams
Cloves – 2 grams
Cardamom – 1 no
Cinnamon – ½ inch
Star anise – a piece
Nutmeg – 1 gram
Bay leaf – one
Coriander leaves – few
Salt – to taste

  • Wash, the rice. Drain and keep it aside
  • Crush fennel seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg.
  • Finely chop onions, green chillies and capsicum. Chop the paneer into cubes.
  • In a kadai, pour half of the mentioned ghee and fry the paneer cubes until they turn slightly yellow.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the remaining ghee. Add the bay leaf, chopped onions, green chillies and the ginger-garlic paste. Saute for about a minute.
  • Then add the capsicum and the rice. Saute for about 2 minutes until nice aroma comes out.
  • Pour the required amount of water. Add salt and the crushed spices.
  • Allow the water to boil. Then add the paneer. Close the pressure cooker.
  • Wait for one whistle, then simmer the stove and keep the pressure cooker for 2 minutes.
  • Switch off. After cooling, open the cooker and garnish the rice with coriander leaves.

An interesting lunch pack is ready! Serve this with raita of your choice.

You can also add the fried paneer in the end along with the coriander leaves. I felt by adding the paneer with the other spices, the paneer also had absorbed the flavours of the spices and gave a good taste.

Since I took only about 15 minutes to prepare this variety rice, I am posting this for Fast & Quick Healthy Dishes by Kalpana Sareesh who is guest hosting the event for Priya - Priya's Versatile Recipes

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