Monday, January 11, 2010

RecipeReplica: Paneer and Mixed Veggie Pilaf

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I am always partial to Pilaf because of its multi-dimensional appeal -color, taste, fragrance. When I came across Rohini's innovative Paneer Pulav recipe, I just had to give it a try. I tweaked the recipe a bit, added some colorful vegetables  and it debuted on Thanksgiving day. It was love at first chomp for me and my guests. Thanks Rohini and Welcome back. I hope you had fun in India.
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup, soaked for 30 minutes in cold water prior to cooking
  • Mini Peppers - 2 each of Red, Orange, Yellow, julienned
  • Cubanelle Pepper - 1, julienned
  • Paneer - 1/2 cup, cut into 1" inch chunks
  • Red Onion - 1, medium, vertically slit
  • Tomato - 1, cubed
  • Mint Leaves + Corainder Leaves - 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Green Chilli - 4
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 stick
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cracked pepper - 6 peppercorns, coarsely ground
  • Marati Moggu(Dried Capers) - 1
  • Bay Leaf - 1
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Mango Powder(Amchoor) - 1/2 tsp
  • Olive Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Water - 1 1/2 cups
  • Salt for taste
  • Saffron - a pinch, soaked in a bit of milk (optional)
  • Coarsely powder the dry spices- cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, cracked pepper either in a blender or mortar/pestle and set aside.
  • Brown the paneer cubes in a tbsp of olive oil and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  • Grind the ginger, garlic, red onion, tomato, green chillies, cilantro and mint with little water.
  • In a wide thick bottomed pan, heat the oil,add the ground dry spices and bay leaf.
  • Add the cut vegetables, fry them for a minute and pour the ground paste.
  • Add the Garam masala and Mango Powder and gently mix.
  • Close the lid and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the soaked rice followed by 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • Sprinkle salt and gently stir taking care not to break the rice.Close the lid and cook on a low flame for 8-10 minutes.
  • Throw in the browned paneer cubes and cook for a couple more minutes.
  • Pour the soaked saffron strands and gently mix.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot with cold Onion Raita or by itself.
Makes 2 servings.

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  1. WOW!!! That is so colorful & looks perfect with that yummy paneer & corn combo..... I love it totally....


  2. I love this! I want a serving with lots and lots of yogurt!

  3. God! That is way more beautiful than mine..Loved the idea of adding corn n bell peppers too!!! I am glad it was good...!! :)

  4. Beautiful and elegant dish, looks fantastic..

  5. looks colourful, pleasing and delicious!!!

  6. Wow gorgeous rice and looks wonderful.....Loved the click...

  7. This is my first time here...The pulao looks yummy and beautiful clicks too:)
    Cheers and Do visit,

  8. Wow! love the click..looks so tasty..want to give a try..


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