Monday, June 26, 2017

Paneer Biryani | Pressure Cooker Paneer Biryani

Every time I sit down to compile a Biryani post(there are many here!)I remember what my friend always used to tell me-There's only ONE Biryani and that is Mutton Biryani,the rest are all Pulaos.However,as a staunch vegetarian,I beg to differ.That may be true partially but the vegetarian counterparts are a class of their own.Of course you are welcome to disagree but hey,I'm entitled to my opinion :)


The whole process of making a Biryani intrigues me.I've watched endless videos of how the Biryani is layered and then sealed and cooked on Dum.Earlier days,making Biryani was such a task but now with several innovative recipes like this,you can make it in just a few minutes if you keep the ingredients ready.

A while back,I had posted a recipe for Vegetable Dum Biryani made in a Pressure cooker using the OPOS method.This is a very similar recipe with few changes.I had bookmarked this recipe long back from Dassana's blog and waited for a special occasion to make it but as always that special occasion did not come and the Biryani took a long time to appear in my kitchen and then on the blog :)

With few ingredients,one pressure cooker and a passion for cooking,you could make this Paneer Biryani in a jiffy and surprise your loved ones.I made this for a potluck and needless to say,this one was loved by one and all.I was bombarded on whatsapp for the recipe and without any further delay,here it is.


Paneer Biryani | Pressure Cooker Paneer Biryani

Ingredients

For marinating Paneer

Paneer/Cottage cheese - 200 gms
Curd - 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Green chillies - 2,chopped
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp,chopped
Mint leaves - 1 tbsp,chopped
Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Biryani Masala OR Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp

For the rice

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Ghee - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp

Ghee - 3 tbsp
Onion - 1 large,thinly sliced
Tej patta - 1
Cinnamon - 1' piece
Cloves - 2-3
Green cardamom - 2-3

Saffron - a pinch,soaked in 1 tbsp warm milk
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp,chopped
Water - 1 cup to 1.25 cups*

For garnish

Some grated paneer
Fried onions
Chopped coriander

Method

For marinating paneer - In a bowl take the curd and whisk till smooth.
Add the spice powders,herbs and salt.Mix well.
Gently mix in the paneer cubes without breaking them.Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes to marinate.If you are planning to keep it longer,then refrigerate it.

For preparing the rice- Rinse the basmati rice in running water till the water is clear of starch.Soak in enough water for 30 minutes.After 30 minutes drain all the water from the rice.
Add ghee and salt to the rice and mix well so that the ghee coats the rice grains evenly.

In a 3 ltr pressure cooker heat the ghee.Add the spices - tej patta,cloves,cardamom and cinnamon.
Stir well and add in the sliced onions.Saute the onions on a low-medium flame till the onions turn golden brown.This procedure takes a while,you could add a pinch of salt to speed up the process.
Once the onions turn golden brown,switch off the cooker and remove from the counter top.
Remove half of the fried onions on a plate.

For layering the Biryani - With a spoon layer the rest of the onions and spices in the cooker well.
Now layer whole of the marinated Paneer.
On top of the Paneer marinade evenly layer all of the rice.
Now layer the fried onions on top(keep a tbsp aside for garnish).
Sprinkle the soaked saffron milk and chopped coriander leaves on top.
Now pour 1 to 1.25 cups of water around the rice(do not pour in the center).
*For a soft textured Biryani add 1.25 cups water.I added 1 cup but I would add more the next time as I like the rice grains to be a bit softer.
Cover the cooker with the lid with whistle attached.Cook the Paneer Biryani on low flame for 20-25 minutes.It is ok if the cooker whistles in between.I cooked for 25 minutes.
Open the cooker once the pressure settles down and garnish with some grated paneer,fried onions and chopped coriander leaves.


Step by Step Pictorial

For marinating paneer 

In a bowl take the curd and whisk till smooth.
Add the herbs,
spice powders 
and salt.
Mix well.
Gently mix in the paneer cubes without breaking them.Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes to marinate.
If you are planning to keep it longer,then refrigerate it.

For preparing the rice- Rinse the basmati rice in running water till the water is clear of starch.
Soak in enough water for 30 minutes.After 30 minutes drain all the water from the rice.
Add ghee and salt to the rice and mix well so that the ghee coats the rice grains evenly.
Soak saffron in warm milk for about 10 minutes.

In a 3 ltr pressure cooker heat the ghee.
Add the spices - 
tej patta,cloves,cardamom and cinnamon.
Stir well and add in the sliced onions.Saute the onions on a low-medium flame till the onions turn golden brown.This procedure takes a while,you could add a pinch of salt to speed up the process.
Once the onions turn golden brown,switch off the cooker and remove from the counter top.
Remove half of the fried onions on a plate.

For layering the Biryani 

With a spoon layer the rest of the onions and spices in the cooker well.
Now layer whole of the marinated Paneer.
On top of the Paneer marinade evenly layer all of the rice.
Now layer the fried onions on top(keep a tbsp aside for garnish).
Sprinkle the soaked saffron milk and chopped coriander leaves on top.
Now pour 1 to 1.25 cups of water around the rice(do not pour in the center).
*For a soft textured Biryani add 1.25 cups water.
I added 1 cup but I would add more the next time as I like the rice grains to be a bit softer.
Cover the cooker with the lid with whistle attached.Cook the Paneer Biryani on low flame for 20-25 minutes.It is ok if the cooker whistles in between.I cooked for 25 minutes.
Open the cooker once the pressure settles down and garnish with some grated paneer,fried onions and chopped coriander leaves.



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