Monday, June 30, 2008

Paneer Tikka Pulav

I love this dish because it is a combination of two of my favorite dishes Paneer Tikka and Pulav. This is the ultimate flavor combo. Usually, pulavs and biryanis, have potato balls made with paneer and other spices, and they are deep fried. To make this dish a little healthy, one can use fat-free cooking spray to cook marinated paneer. Even paneer can be replaced with tofu, for extra health consciousness. This pulav goes wonderfully well with Raita, but my personal favorite is Gujarati Kadhi.


-- For Paneer Tikka Marinade

  • 1 cup Paneer, diced small
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 3 Garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dhania-Jeera Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Tandoori Masala
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Rice Flour
  • Salt to taste

-- For Pulav

  • 1 -1/2 cup Basamati Rice
  • 2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 3-4 Cardamom
  • 3 Green Chili, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp Biryani/Pulav Masala
  • 1 tsp Dhania-Jeera powder
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Grated
  • 3/4 cup Mix Vegetable, boiled
  • 1/4 cup Mix Red, Yellow, and Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 small Onion, sliced
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste


-- For Paneer Tikka

1. Mix paneer and lemon juice and keep them aside for 10 minutes.

2. In the mean time, mix yogurt, red chili, dhania-jeera powder, tandoori masala, garlic, ginger, olive oil, rice flour, and salt in a bowl.

3. Add lemon-juice-coated paneer into the marinade bowl and mix well.

4. Pour the entire mixture into the Ziploc, and let it marinate for 5-6 hours in refrigerator.

5. After 5-6 hours, apply cooking spray into non-stick skillet.

6. Cook paneer cubes until cooked and all sides are golden brown.

-- For Pulav

1. Soak rice for 30 minutes. Then wash well.

2. Cook rice into the boiling water with 1 tbsp oil and lemon juice, until they are Al dente. Drain well.

3. Heat rest of oil in pan. Add bay leaves, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon. Toast them for 1-2 minutes.

4. Add onion and cook until its translucent.

5. Add garlic, ginger, bell peppers, vegetables (peas, carrot, corn, lima beans etc), biryani/pulav masala, dhania-jeera, green chili, and salt.

6. Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium-low heat.

7. Add rice, paneer tikka, and 1 tbsp marinade yogurt, mix well. Cover pan with lid and cook for 4-5 minutes on low heat.

8. Sprinkle chopped mint and serve hot with raita or kadhi.


This is my entry to Letz Relishh – Paneer hosted by Jayanthy Kumaran - Tasty Appetite

This is my entry to Easy Craft's Mixed Rice Varieties Event.


Illatharasi said...

Awesome.... very tempting :)

Indian Khana said...

Lovely paneer tikka pulav...All time favorite paneer of any kind...looks so delicious..

EC said...

Mouthwatering dish...thanks for participating

Laavanya said...

I'm a huge fan of paneer tikka.. This pulav looks delicious Madhavi and such a good picture too.

FH said...

Made Paneer Tikka masala for dinner today, Pulav looks yummmmmy!:)

Sailaja said...

Lovely Recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Your explanation made it look like very easy recipe.

delhibelle said...

I like the idea of cooking paneer tikka in a pan, scared of grilling it !
Paneer Tikka Pulav is GOOD!

Cham said...

Love paneer in rice, drooling over ur rice

Kalai said...

What a delicious combo of flavors, Madhavi!! Beautiful! :)

Deepthi Shankar said...

wow .. paneer tikka pulav looks very inviting ..

bha said...

nice dish....melange of two highly desirable dishes, way to go

Madhavi said...

Thank you so much to all of you for ur lovely comments :)))

Sujatha said...

Nice and interesting recipe... Thanks for sharing, Madhavi!

Unknown said...

Pulao looks divine madhavi..Should try it with tofu..

Vaidehi Bhave said...

thanks for your comment
Pulav looks lovely :P

Unknown said...

drooling over on your paneer tikka pulav it looks sooooooo, yummmmmmmy

Indranee Batabyal said...

Madhavi, I'm glad that you loved the recipe. I love this pulav, just because it has paneer. My mom makes a similar one, so I'll tell her to try this one. Take care:)

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Anonymous said...

I love paneer and I love rice, what could be a better combination! :-)

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ranji said...

You are right this is the ultimate flavor combo..even my favs too..paneer and pulao...must have been soooo yummmm...i love ur corn chutney chaat too..i have bookmarked it and i will make them soon different and authentic :)

ST said...

WOW paneer tikka and pulav looks mothwatering....

Namratha said...

Interesting combo Madhavi, hadn't seen this before. Good one~! :)

Reshmi said...

I love paneer.. And this recipe seems to be awesome.. Will give a try..
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