17 Oct 2017

Palak Paneer Biryani

This is another easy and kids favorite lunch box recipe that you can try. I make some kind of pulao/biryani every week for my kids and this time I tried this palak paneer pulao. I first came across this recipe here and this is a nice way to include palak greens and panner. Since most kids love paneer, this will be a sure shot winner with them!
I made this in a pressure cooker for convenience and ease but you can also cook the rice separately and add it to the palak gravy. That way the paneer will also not get over cooked.

Palak Paneer Biryani

Preparation time 20 mins | Cooking time 20 mins | Serves 3

  • Paneer - 200 gms
  • Palak - about 15 leaves
  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium, sliced
  • Tomato - 2 medium, pureed
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Biryani masala - 1 tsp
  • Mint leaves - few
  • Garlic - 2 pods
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Whole spices
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Bayleaf - 2
  • Cinnamon - 1
  • Star anise - 1
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Palak Paneer Biryani

1. Cut the paneer into cubes and soak in some warm water. Wash the soak the basmati rice.

2. Wash the palak and grind it with garlic and mint leaves. Add little water to grind.
3. In a pressure pan, heat the oil and add the cinnamon, bayleaf, star anise and cumin seeds.

4. When the cumin seeds splutter, add the sliced onions and salt. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
5. Add the tomato puree and the green chillies. Mix well and cook for about 3 - 5 minutes. 

6. Add the biryani masala and cook for another 3 minutes.
7. Add the palak puree and mix well. Drain the rice and add it in. Add the 2 cups of water.

8. Add the lemon juice and finally add the paneer cubes. 

9. Close the cooker and cook for 2 whistles. Once done, open the fluff up the rice.

Enjoy with raita or chips.

Palak Paneer Biryani

1. You can make the palak gravy as you normally make palak paneer and the cook the rice separately and add it to the gravy too.
2. Make sure you use soft paneer. As pressure cooking or over cooking can make the paneer rubbery.

Until next time,
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