Paneer biryani

paneer-biryani
We had great weather over the weekend and I thought we are done with winter. But as they say, mid west weather is extremely unpredictable. This week again, we have very cold weather :(.

When I came home yesterday, I wanted something spicy to eat. I was missing home so much. So I thought of making something special for us. It took a while to prepare this, but was totally worth the effort. The biryani was just out of this world.

This biryani is based on my two favorite biryani recipes – Shn’s Egg biryani and my Belgaum style biryani. The spicy paneer pieces take this one to a whole new level.

Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups basmati rice
1/4 cup fresh/frozen peas
1 cup paneer cubes
1/4 cup green beans
1 tea spn chilli powder
A pinch turmeric powder
3-4 strands coriander leaves
Ghee/Oil
1/2 cup yogurt
1 big + 1 small cardamom
1 bay leaf
3 green chillies
1 tea spn ginger
1 tea spn garlic
Few strands saffron
Salt

Spice powder(grind into powder):
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1 tea spn cumin seeds
5 cloves
1″ cinnamon
1 tea spn poppy seeds
5-6 peppercorns

Method:
Add chilli powder, turmeric, 1/2 tea spn spice powder, 2 tbl spn yogurt, salt to paneer pieces and keep aside for 2 hrs.
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Heat ghee/oil and add cardamom (big and small), bay leaf, washed rice, salt. Fry for 3-4 minutes. Take the rice on a clean plate.
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Grind green chillies, garlic, ginger into a paste.
Add little more oil/ghee, add paneer pieces till they turn brownish. Take them out.
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In the same pan, add vegetables, ginger-garlic-chilli paste and fry till the raw smell goes off. Add yogurt, little salt and fry for few minutes.
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Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and few pinches of spice powder.
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Spread half the amount of rice.
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Spread few pinches of spice powder on top and then cover with remaining rice.
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On top, spread few strands of saffron.
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Now pour 2 cups water, cover and cook till all water is absorbed.
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Preheat the oven at 300F for 10mins.
Apply some oil to a baking dish. Now add 1/2 the amount of cooked rice mixture.
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Spread the fried paneer and spread remaining rice on top.
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Add about 1/2 cup water. Bake in oven at 300F for about 30mins. Cover with aluminum foil.
Serve hot.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time :60mins

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