Paneer Biryani | Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana

Paneer Biryani | Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana

Who said veg biryani does not exist? Sometimes, it can be even better than a chicken or mutton biryani. Try this Paneer Biryani that is super easy, comforting and loaded with flavours.
Serve alongside a bowl of raita and turn it into a hearty meal.



500 grams cottage cheese (paneer), cut into 1 inch cubes
1½ cups Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice
Salt to taste
7-8 black peppercorns
3-4 green cardamoms
2-3 cloves
2-3 tbsps ghee
3-4 cloves
6-8 black peppercorns
2 green cardamoms
1-2 bay leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 green chillies, slit
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1½ tbsps ginger-garlic paste
1 cup fresh tomato puree
Salt to taste
2 tsps red chilli powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
¾ tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1½ tbsps biryani masala
3 tbsps browned onions
2 tbsps chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
2-3 tsps butter
2-3 tbsps yogurt
A large pinch of saffron, soaked in 1-2 tbsps warm water
2-3 tsps rose water
1-2 tsps screwpine (kewra) water
Ghee for drizzling
¼ cup browned onions + for garnish
12-15 fresh coriander sprigs
10-12 fresh mint leaves
2-3 green chillies, slit
1 inch ginger, cut into thin strips
1-2 tsps dried rose petals
Fresh mint sprig for garnish
To serve
Boondi raita as required
Onion rings


1. Take Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice in a bowl. Add sufficient water and wash for 2-3 times.
2. Add fresh water and soak for 25-30 minutes. Drain the water.
3. Boil 6-8 cups water in a deep nonstick pan. Add salt, black peppercorns, green cardamoms, and cloves. Add the soaked rice, mix and cook for 10-15 minutes or till the rice is ¾ done. Drain the rice.
4. To make the masala, heat ghee in a deep pan. Add cloves, black peppercorns, green cardamoms, bay leaves, cumin seeds, green chillies and onions and sauté till golden brown.
5. Add ginger-garlic paste, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.
6. Pour the tomato puree and mix well. Add salt, mix and cook for 2-3 minutes.
7. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, biryani masala, browned onions, mint leaves, coriander leaves and butter and mix well. Cook on medium heat till the fat separates.
8. Reduce the heat to low and add yogurt and mix well. Add ½ cup water, mix and cook for 3-4 minutes.
9. Add the paneer cubes and gently mix till well combined. Evenly spread the cooked rice over the paneer masala. Drizzle soaked saffron, rose water, screwpine water, and ghee. Sprinkle browned onions, coriander sprigs, mint leaves, green chillies, ginger and dried rose petals.
10. Cover the pan with aluminium foil and place the lid on it. Cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes. Switch the heat off and transfer the paneer biryani into a serving plate.
11. Garnish with browned onions, and mint sprig. Serve hot with boondi raita and onion rings.

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