The quest for a quick and healthy lunch box dish for the kids led me to this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's 'Panner' cookbook. It is a simple rice preparation that is so easy to prepare especially on a hurried morning.
The original recipe has just paneer cubes but I have added some vegetables to add to the nutrition and color to the dish.Since the kids are a huge fan of paneer, this was a hit.
Basmati rice- 1 cup
Carrot and beans , chopped- 1/4 cup
Paneer - a small block
Bay leaf- 1
Shahjeera- 1/8 teaspoon
Cinnamon- a small piece
Salt to taste
Ghee- 1 teaspoon
Crispy Fried shallot- to garnish
Coriander leaves to garnish
Soak the basmati rice in water for 15 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
Cut the paneer into thin slabs and shallow fry on a tawa using a teaspoon of oil, till both sides are golden brown. Don't cook too much as it will become rubbery.Chop and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add the shahjeera, bayleaf, cloves and cinnamon and wait till shahjeera crackles a bit.
Add the vegetables and saute for a minute. Add the drained basmati rice and saute for a minute. Add water - the quantity that you usually use to cook basmati rice, salt and let it come to a boil. Pressure cook for 8- 10 minutes or till done.
Once the pressure releases naturally, add the paneer cubes, reserving a few for garnish. Gently mix in and cover and leave aside for a few minutes. Serve garnished with reserved paneer cubes, fried shallots and coriander leaves.
A raita and some crisps are the best sides for this simple pulao...
- I have shallow fried the panner as a slab instead of frying small cubes . This way is very easy and there is no need to turn each piece around to get it evenly browned. Saves time.
- You can use chopped onion and ginger- garlic paste after adding the whole spices. I have skipped it.
- Regular rice can be used instead of basmati rice
- Chopped cauliflower,potato, peas, etc can be added.
- You can add garam masala / pepper powder after adding water to add some heat to the dish.
- Oil can be used instead of ghee.
- Tofu can replace paneer.
This post joins June,Week 3, CCC #33, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge Group.
Labels: CCChallenge, Paneer, Rendezvous with Rice, Step-by-step Pictorial Recipes