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Paneer Pulao, Vegetable Pulav, Rice with Indian Cottage Cheese Pulao

Paneer Pulao, Vegetable Pulav, Rice with Indian Cottage Cheese Pulao

Paneer Pulao is an exotic rice dish, super easy to make and tastes delicious. This is a great side dish for get-togethers. Paneer Pulao goes well with yogurt or soup. This is also a satisfying lunch box meal.
Recipe will serve 4.
4.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup rice preferred basmati rice
  • 1 cup paneer cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup green peas using frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup corn using frozen corn
  • 2 Tbsp clarified butter ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger paste adrak
  • 1 Tbsp green chili cut in small pieces
  • 1 tsp salt namak
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped hara dhania
  • 2 cup water


  • Wash rice gently changing water 2-3 times.
  • For fluffier rice, the rice should be soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Oil should be moderately hot. Add the cumin seeds. When they crack, add curry leaves, ginger, and green chili, stir for few seconds. 
  • Add green peas, carrots, and corn, stir and add paneer, and salt stir for about one minute, add the rice and water. Increase the heat to high and bring it to boil. Turn the heat to low and cover the pan and cook for 15 minutes or until rice is tender and water has evaporated.
  • Turn off the heat add cilantro, and garam masala and fluff the pulao with a fork. Cover the pan for few minutes before serving.
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15 thoughts on “Paneer Pulao, Vegetable Pulav, Rice with Indian Cottage Cheese Pulao

  1. Namaste Aunty,

    Can you please tell me if one can add food colouring or hurdee powder for some colour to this dish?

  2. Wow! The recipe that you given has worked well while following your videos and preparing the same meal at my home. Thanks for helping us make great dishes like this.

  3. 5 stars
    I had this several times on special occasions. The best thing about this recipe is that it is very delicious and i love to have this every time. Usually i take this with yogurt. The way you made is awesome.

  4. I tried it yesterday and it turned out very well. I added a little garlic as people in my household like it. Thank you Manjulaji! I am a big fan of your cooking 🙂 I cannot thank you enough for Boondi Ladoo recipe!

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