Minty Paneer Biryani

Minty Paneer Biryani

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Succulent paneer is always a great addition to any Indian dish, be it a subzi or a biryani but being a flavour-absorber it calls for some thoughtful cooking. Here is how you can turn rice and paneer into an irresistibly flavourful biryani! Quickly sauté it with a tangy paste of mint, coriander, lemon juice and other pungent ingredients... and watch how the flavour seeps through the rice and paneer transforming them into a delightful Minty Paneer Biryani that will promptly be promoted to the ‘favourite’ category by your family!

Minty Paneer Biryani recipe - How to make Minty Paneer Biryani

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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3 cups cooked rice (chawal)
3/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
1 tbsp ghee
2 cardamoms
2 bayleaves (tejpatta)
salt to taste

To Be Blended Into A Smooth Mint Paste (without Using Any Water)
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves (phudina)
1/2 cup sliced onions
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
5 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
2 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 tsp roughly chopped ginger (adrak)
2 tsp roughly chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp roughly chopped green chillies
salt to taste

For The Garnish
a sprig of mint (phudina)

  1. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add the cardamom and bayleaves and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  2. Add the mint paste and 2 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  3. Add the rice, paneer and salt, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for another 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve immediately garnished with mint sprig.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy263 cal
Protein6.8 g
Carbohydrates37.1 g
Fiber2.1 g
Fat9.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium3.4 mg


Minty Paneer Biryani
 on 22 Feb 20 12:10 AM

The recipe was simple and easy to prepare....loved the flavourful outcome. Everyone at home enjoyed and I was happy as it was tasty as well as nutritious. Thank you very much.
Tarla Dalal
22 Feb 20 03:07 PM
   Debarati, thanks for the feedback. Would love to hear from you again.
Minty Paneer Biryani
 on 05 Apr 18 11:59 AM

Minty Paneer Biryani
 on 28 Dec 15 06:02 AM

Very tasty! The mint flavor is delicious and savory. I live in NYC and I didn''t have time to go to the Indian grocery to get paneer, so I used ricotta instead-and it still turned out great! I''m looking forward to making this again.
Tarla Dalal
28 Dec 15 09:44 AM
   Thanks Divya. Good idea using the ricotta. Will help those in the US with this shortcut.
Minty Paneer Biryani
 on 24 Dec 15 05:21 AM

Am gonna try this. I think this recepe is so easy to prepare.
Tarla Dalal
24 Dec 15 09:38 AM
   Great Lalitha, let us know how the recipe worked. We would love to hear from you.