Here is another Paneer dish which I’ve been making very frequently these days for my kid’s lunch box. The first time I made this, it was an instant hit with my daughter and hubby dear who is not much of a paneer fan was also full of praises. It’s a real quickie and can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes if you have the rice cooked and ready. The addition of methi or fenugreek leaves lends a wonderful flavor and aroma to this dish. So let’s get straight to the recipe:
What you’ll need
1. Basmathi Rice – 1 cups
2. Paneer - cubed 150 gms
3. Methi/Fenugreek Leaves – 2 small bunches
4. Onion – 2 Medium
5. Tomato – 3 medium
6. Green Chilles – 2 or 3
7. Garlic – 1 or 2 cloves
8. Ginger – 1 small piece
9. Turmeric Powder - a pinch
10. Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
11. Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
12. Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
13. Oil/ Ghee – 1 tbsp
Cook basmathi rice in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water for 2 whistles. Once pressure is released, remove rice into a big plate fluff it and let it cool.
Heat a Kadai with oil/ghee, add cumin seeds. Once it changes color, add in the sliced onions, grated ginger, chopped garlic and green chillies. Saute till the onions are fried well. Puree the tomatoes and add it at this stage. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes or till the raw smell of tomatoes is gone and most of the moisture from the tomato is evaporated. Next add in the chopped fenugreek leaves and fry for about a minute or 2. Next add in the cubed paneer pieces and mix well. Now add the garam masala, cooked rice and salt to taste. Mix well on high flame till all the flavors blend well.
Delicious Methi Paneer Pulao is ready to be served. Serve it with a raita of your choice.
You could add Peas instead of Methi , that is also a good combination.
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