Cook's Hideout: Methi-Paneer Pulao (Fenugreek Leaves & Cottage Cheese Pilaf)

July 27, 2011

Methi-Paneer Pulao (Fenugreek Leaves & Cottage Cheese Pilaf)

For Day 5 of our blogging marathon I made this quick and easy one pot rice dish. Recipe is adapted from Vidhu Mittal's Pure & Simple: Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine cookbook. I had borrowed this book from the library and I was really impressed with the way the recipes were laid out and the mouthwatering pictures. I had to return the book, but I jotted down the recipes that I really wanted to try and this Methi & Paneer Pulao is one of them.

Methi Paneer Rice1

Original recipe was made in a pan, but I used my pressure cooker to make it quicker. I added some carrots for added nutrition and some biryani masala for some spice. 

Methi Paneer Rice2

Basmati rice - 1 cup
Methi leaves - 1 cup, washed, drained and finely chopped
Paneer pieces - 1 cup**
Onions - 1 large, thinly sliced
Cilantro - ½ cup, finely chopped
Crushed Tomato - ½ cup
Carrot - 1 small, diced (my addition)
Ginger + garlic paste - ½ tsp (my addition)
Biryani masala - 1 tsp (I use Priya brand) (my addition)
Red chili powder - 1 tsp (my addition)
Salt - to taste

  • Soak basmati rice in cold water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add onions and sauté until golden brown, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add ginger + garlic paste and cook for another minute.
  • Next add carrots, chopped methi & cilantro. Cook until the greens are slightly wilted.
  • Add crushed tomato, biryani masala and chili powder. Cover and cook without the whistle for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is simmering and tomatoes don't smell raw anymore.
  • Add the rice and 1½ cups of water, season with salt and finally add the paneer pieces. Gently mix everything; lock the lid and cook for 1 whistle on medium-high flame.
  • Let the pressure come down and then serve with potato chips and yogurt or raita.
** If you don't prefer pressure cooked paneer then sauté them in some ghee or oil and mix in to the rice after everything is cooked.

Methi Paneer Rice

Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have been cooking up for Day 5 of our BM# 7.


    1. love the flavors in it...looks delicious

    2. love the flavors in it...looks delicious

    3. love the flavors in it...looks delicious

    4. mmm mmm yum! lovely combo of methi and paneer and flavorful too!!!

    5. Looks delicious ...yummy combo and nice pics dear

    6. Declicious pulao...Lovely clicks.

    7. Love one pot meals .. so comforting and easy.

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    8. Absolutely delicious pulao. Full of yumminess :)

    9. Yuum - 2 of my favourites - in one dish!!

    10. Can guess the aroma of methi pulao...nice wholesome dish..

    11. I just love this combo ~ methi takes any thing to a whole new level :)
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    12. A wicked good pulao! Making me drool!

    13. I like the way it can be easily put together and that plate looks very inviting!

    14. Pavani,
      Lovely recipe and clicks..
      Since I am big fan of Paneer, this dish will def be tried out soon.. bookmarked :)
      Happy Blogging

    15. Love the combo. I have another version in my blog.


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