Paneer Biryani

Paneer Biryani

Paneer Biryani Recipe is a delicious version of the biryani that is cooked in an aromatic mixture of spices along with rice making it super delicious.

Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 250 grams paneer, cut into cubed
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3 cloves
  • an inch piece of cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper corns
  • a small bunch of mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for cooking


  • To begin making the Paneer Biryani Recipe, prepare all the ingredients and keep them ready for cooking.
  • Wash and rinse the rice in water and keep aside.Using a mixer grinder, make a paste of the garlic, ginger and green chilies and keep aside.
  • Make a powder of the spices – cloves, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in the pressure cooker over medium heat; add the onion and saute until it gets a good caramel color. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes
  • away. Add the tomatoes and keep stirring in the ghee (add more if too dry) and cook until it becomes soft.
  • Once the tomatoes are soft, add the bay leaves, turmeric powder, chili powder and the spice powders. Stir well for a few minutes until you can smell the aromas coming
  • through. Add the chopped mint leaves and the rinsed rice.
  • Add 3 cups of water, paneer and salt to taste and cover the cooker. Allow the cooker to get one whistle and then turn the heat to low. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes on low heat
  • and turn off the heat.
  • Allow the pressure cooker to release its heat gradually, as the rice will continue to get cooked in the cooker.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the cooker, wait for a few minutes and then stir to combine the rice and masalas and the Paneer Biryani is ready.
  • Serve the Paneer Biryani along with a favorite Mooli Raita and Bagara Baingan to make a wholesome and complete meal. The Paneer Biryani also makes an excellent lunch
  • box idea or even a weeknight dinner.