Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas

Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas

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Green pea pulao with paneer koftas is a luxurious Mughlai -style pulao, which is marked not just by the mix-and-match colours of green peas and apricots, but also the splendid paneer koftas that are tossed into the rice! The fragrance of saffron and other spices is really accentuated by the baking procedure.

Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas recipe - How to make Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  20 to 25 minutes   Baking Temperature:  180ºC (360ºF)   Total Time:     6Makes 6 servings
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For The Green Pea Pulao
3 cups cooked long grained rice (basmati rice)
3/4 cup boiled green peas
2 pinches saffron (kesar) strands
1 tsp milk
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp caraway seeds (shahjeera)
50 mm (2") cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 cardamoms
salt to taste
8 to 10 dried apricots (kummani / jardalu) , soaked in for 1 hour , drained and chopped

For The Paneer Koftas
1 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
3 tbsp plain flour (maida)
a pinch of baking soda
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
salt to taste
oil for deep-frying

For The Gravy
1 tbsp ghee
3/4 cup fresh curds (dahi) , mixed with 1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste

To Be Ground Into A Smooth Paste (for The Gravy) , Using A Little Water
1/2 cup roughly onions
3 tbsp grated fresh coconut
4 garlic (lehsun) cloves
2 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
50 mm (2") cinnamon (dalchini)
3 cloves (laung / lavang)
3 cardamoms
2 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
7 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces

Other Ingredients
2 tsp ghee for greasing
2 tsp milk

For the green pea pulao

    For the green pea pulao
  1. Warm the saffron in a small vessel, add the milk and mix well.
  2. Combine the saffron-milk mixture and rice in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan, add the caraway seeds, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the rice-saffron mixture, green peas and salt and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the apricot pieces and mix well. Keep aside.

For the paneer koftas

    For the paneer koftas
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Divide the mixture into 10 equal portions and shape each portion into a small round ball.
  3. Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry, a few koftas at a time, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.

For the gravy

    For the gravy
  1. Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan, add the prepared paste and sauté on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the curds-water mixture, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Combine the green pea pulao and koftas in a bowl and mix lightly.
  2. Divide the green pea pulao-kofta mixture into 2 equal portions and keep aside.
  3. Grease a baking bowl with ghee, put 1 portion of the green pea pulao-kofta and spread it evenly using a back of a spoon.
  4. Add all the gravy and spread it evenly.
  5. Finally add the other half of green pea pulao-koftas mixture and spread it evenly. Pour the milk evenly all over it.
  6. Cover and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180oc (360of) for 15 to 20 minutes or microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Just before serving, turn upside down on a big serving plate and serve immediately.


Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas
 on 02 Jan 17 10:52 AM

Receipe looks delicious n I think to serve it sepratly rather baked...
Tarla Dalal
02 Jan 17 11:51 AM
   Hi, Yes you can, enjoy it.
Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas
 on 14 Mar 15 02:35 PM

Green pea and kofta great combination. The apricot, in the rice gives a nice sweet touch to the pulao, with a tangy curd sauce in between.Its a bit lengthy recipe, but its worth a try.
Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas
 on 29 Jan 14 09:11 PM

Looked very tempting so tried it out last night and it turned out brilliantly. So tasty and pretty easy too. Ull love it, give it a try!!