Cook's Hideout: Quick Paneer Pulao (Pressure Cooker Method)

July 07, 2014

Quick Paneer Pulao (Pressure Cooker Method)

We are celebrating Sapana's Virtual Baby Shower' today. Welcoming a new bundle of joy into the family is a very exciting time for the whole family and especially to the mom. So Sapana, here's wishing you 'All the very best for the new arrival'.
Quick Paneer Pulao (Pressure Cooker Method)
So our BM group decided to cook from Sapana to celebrate her Virtual Baby Shower. I picked a simple one-pot dish, Paneer Pulao from Sapana's blog. This dish was a hit with my family. I made minor changes to the original recipe to suit for taste preference.
Quick Paneer Pulao (Pressure Cooker Method)
Recipe adapted from Sapana's blog here:
Basmati Rice - 2cups
Onion - 1 large, thinly sliced
Tomatoes - 2 medium, chopped
Tomato paste - 1tbsp
Fried Onions - ¼cup
Ground Coriander - 1tsp
Red Chili powder - 1tsp
Garam Masala - 1tsp
Whole Garam Masala - 2cloves, 2 cardamom pods, 1 bay leaf, 1" cinnamon stick
Bay leaf - 1
Mint Leaves - ¼cup
Cilantro Leaves - ¼cup
Salt - to taste

For Marinating Paneer:
Paneer - 1½cups, chopped
Ginger-Garlic paste - 2tsp
Yogurt - 1cup
Red chili powder - 1tsp
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Biryani Masala - 2tsp
Garam Masala - 1tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Marinate the Paneer: Combine all the ingredients for marinating paneer in a mixing bowl. Set aside to marinate for at least 1 hour. The longer paneer sits in the marinade, the better it absorbs the flavors.
  • Wash and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil + 1tbsp ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the whole garam masala and bay leaf; cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. 
  • Next add the sliced onions and ginger+garlic paste. Mix well and saute till the onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 10~12 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, cook till the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Add the red chili powder, ground coriander, garam masala and salt. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  • Next add the paneer with all the marinade and the chopped herbs. Mix well and add the rice along with 3~3½cups of water. Cover with the lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Serve warm with raita and potato chips.

Quick Paneer Pulao (Pressure Cooker Method)
Sapana, We hope the stork brings you a healthy and beautiful new baby. Wishing you all the very best from BM gang.



  1. The pulao looks stunning Pavani, with paneer it must have tasted awesome!

  2. A show stopper pavani ! What a wonderful combo

  3. Thanks for your wishes Pavani , it really means a lot to me. I am truly grateful to have a friend like you . God bless you ......

  4. Fantastic one pot meal, very hard to resist to this quick pressure cooker method Pulao..

  5. wonderful recipe ..and i love the way you set your is so so live..feel like digging in!!

  6. Pavani this is delicious. ( so delicious that I have had to correct the spellings twice now eating my words too) Bookmaking this pulao.

  7. Wonderful post and amazing recipe.

  8. Delicious and nutritious!! Good pick, Pavani!

  9. Healthy and a simple dish. Great post Pavani.....

  10. wonderful one pot meal..this works for any mother

  11. Pulao makes a nice one dish meal, turned out great.

  12. My birthday was last Saturday. I had a fantastic weekend of family, shopping and great meals. Believe it or not, my favorite gift was this pressure cooker, which is a gift from my awesome husband. It may not seem romantic, but I'm so happy.Melissa Barajas


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