Paneer Tikka Pulao

This festive season surprise your loved ones with this exotic Paneer Tikka Pulao. The juicy paneer and vegetables are marinated in a dense blend of curd and spices, before being cooked on a tava, and finally tossed in with the rice to make a finger-licking delicacy.

Paneer Tikka Pulao

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Paneer Tikka Pulao recipe - How to make Paneer Tikka Pulao

Soaking time:  15 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     6Makes 6 servings
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For The Paneer Tikkas
1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 50 mm. (2”) cubes
1/2 cup capsicum , cut into 50 mm. (2”) cubes
1/2 cup onions , cut into 50 mm. (2”) cubes
1/2 cup thick curds (dahi)
1/2 tsp besan (bengal gram flour)
1 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

For The Rice
1 1/2 cups long grained rice (basmati) , soaked for 15 minutes and drained
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
25 mm (1”) stick cinnamon (dalchini)
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1 tbsp oil

For The Garnish
a sprig of mint (phudina)

For the paneer tikkas

    For the paneer tikkas
  1. Combine the thick curds, besan, ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli powder, dried fenugreek leaves, garam masala, coriander,salt and 1 tbsp of oil in a bowl and mix well to prepare a marinade.
  2. Add the paneer, capsicum and onions to it, mix gently and keep aside tomarinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Arrange the paneer, onions and capsicum on 4 skewer sticks.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil on a non-stick tava (griddle)and cook the paneer tikkas for 4 to 5 minutes or till they are lightly browned from all the sides. Remove from the skewers and keep aside.

For the rice

    For the rice
  1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds, cloves, bayleaf and cinnamon and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  2. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the rice and salt and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  3. Add 3 cups of hot water, cover with a lid and cook on a slow flame for 10 to 15 minutes or till the rice is cooked, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Separate each grain of rice very lightly with a fork and keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the paneer tikkas and rice, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve immediately garnished with a sprig of mint.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy374 cal
Protein8.9 g
Carbohydrates39.6 g
Fiber2.2 g
Fat19.7 g
Cholesterol2.7 mg
Sodium7.9 mg


Paneer Tikka Pulao
 on 17 Apr 16 02:54 PM

My mfav dish Even many a times i just cook panir tikka with this recipe Variation i bring like i added mushroom pieces instead capsicums I dont use skewers as i dont have so i just fry on nonstick tava and cook two sides of stuffs
Tarla Dalal
18 Apr 16 11:08 AM
   Hi Anony , we are delighted you loved the Paneer Tikka Pulao recipe and it came out perfectly. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Paneer Tikka Pulao
 on 29 Dec 10 11:49 PM

Classic dish. good recipe!