Pudina Paneer Pulao

March 22, 2014 Biryani/PulaoPaneer DishesRice Varieties  6 comments

Pudina Paneer Pulao is a refreshing one pot meal cooked with the aromatic flavour of mint leaves and paneer that adds an extra richness to the dish. Its perfect for lazy Sundays as it can be made very quickly and goes well with a simple raita…

Now to the recipe…


[Preparation Time-10 mins : Cooking Time- 45 mins]


For the Pulao 

  • Basmati Rice – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 big
  • Pudina / Mint leaves – a bunch
  • Garlic pods – 4 to 5
  • Ginger – 1 inch pc
  • Green Chillies – 3
  • Oil / Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Cloves – 2
  • Elaichi – 2
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Star anise – a small pc
  • Salt – as needed

For Paneer

  • Paneer cubes – 1 cup
  • Thick curd – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – as needed
  • Chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp


  • Lets begin with the paneer marinade first. Take thick curd ( I used Greek yogurt) and add salt, chilli powder, garam masala, chaat masala & mix well. To this add cubed paneer pieces and mix so that all the paneer pieces get coated well. Let this marinate at least for 1/2 n hour.

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  • Separate mint leaves, wash & grind it along with ginger, garlic & green chillies into a smooth paste. Keep this aside. Take a pressure pan & heat oil/ghee. Temper with cloves, star anise, elaichi & bay leaf.

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  • Add sliced onions & saute till they are transparent. To this add the ground mint paste and saute till raw smell goes off. Add washed rice and mix gently. Add 1.5 cups & required salt. Pressure cook for 1 whistle & 5 mins in simmer. Switch off the flame.

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  • In the mean time, lets get the paneer ready. Take an oven safe tray & arrange the marinated cubes on it. (I just lay a sheet of kitchen foil & brushed with very little oil for a mess free version) Cook/grill it for 7-10 mins until golden brown, turning them in between. By now, pudina pulao would have been ready. Fluff it up with a fork and mix the grilled paneer with it.

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Pudina Paneer Pulao is ready.

Serve hot with any raita. I served with cucumber raita.



  1. U can deep/shallow fry the paneer cubes without marinating. It tastes good too.
  2. To get thick curd hang normal curd in a muslin cloth for 15-30 mins to get rid of the excess water and then use it for marinating.
  3. U can toast the marinated paneer pieces on a dosa tawa, if u dont have an oven.

6 comments to Pudina Paneer Pulao

  • veenashankar  says:

    perfect flavourful rice.. nice combo

  • chikku  says:

    Flavorful and delicious looking pudina paneer pulao 🙂

  • Gloria  says:

    pulao looks inviting…loved the pudina flavor.

  • Priya  says:

    Who will say no to this irresistible dish, definitely not me..Inviting pulao.

  • Sony's kitchen  says:

    Paneer pulao looks inviting…… love to eat with raita!

  • Shobha  says:

    Delicious & colorful pulao…….Mint gives it a fresh taste & aroma.

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