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paneer biryani
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Paneer Biryani-Cottage cheese Biryani

Paneer biryani is a great main course recipe for a special dinner.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cottage cheese biryani, paneer biryani
Servings: 4


Biryani mix

  • ½ cup beans diced
  • ½ cup mixed capsicum diced
  • 2 cup Basmati rice washed and soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 2 medium sized onion chopped length wise
  • ½ cup mint and coriander mix
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • ½ tablespoon chillies
  • 300 gms paneer/cottage cheese diced
  • ½ cup yogurt


  • 4 tbsp. oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • 1 tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • salt to taste


  • Marinate the paneer with yogurt little turmeric,salt and garam masala.
  • Keep it aside for 4 hours/overnight
  • Heat oil in a pan,Cook onions with ginger,garlic & chillies untill golden brown
  • Add carrots,beans and capsicum,cook for 8-10 minutes
  • Add Paneer pices and mix slowly
  • Add coriander,mint and all spices,cook for few minutes,Add the remaining yogurt mix from the marinate.
  • Heat 5-6 cups of water in a pot,Cook rice until its cooked by 70%(this will take around 7-8 mins)
  • Add rice to the paneer mix,cover and cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
  • Allow it to rest for 10 minutes,mix slowly from top to bottom


Choice of Rice is very important here and to ensure that it is not over cooked while added to biryani
You may add 2 tablespoon ghee on top rice before covering and cooking the biryani
Paneer biryani is a great one-pot-meal for party lunch.Best served with raita.


Serving: 2g