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Paneer Biryani Instant Pot
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Instant Pot Paneer Biryani

Paneer Biryani Instant Pot recipe is very delicious, flavorful and easy one pot rice recipe prepared from paneer ,whole spices, biryani masala and the long grain basmati rice
Course Main Course
Cuisine gluten-free, Indian
Keyword cottage cheese biryani, gluten-free, healthy, instant pot, paneer biryani, paneer recipes, under 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 300.2kcal
Author bhavana

Ingredients

Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup paneer(cottage cheese) fried
  • 1 medium Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup Mint(pudina)
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro(coriander leaves)
  • 2 green chilles
  • 1/4 cup curd(yogurt) (vegans can use dairy free can be used)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon ghee(clarified butter) or oil
  • salt to taste

Whole Spices

Dry Spices

Instructions

INSTANT POT METHOD

  • Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add ghee and once it's hot add Bay leaf,cinnamon stick ,cardamom and cloves.*Vegans can use oil instead of ghee
  • Then add sliced onions, green chillies,ginger-garlic paste.Saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn light brown in color -stir regularly.
  • Add mint, coriander leaves, curd, turmeric powder , red chilli powder, biryani masala powder and fried paneer and mix well.
  • Add rinsed Basmati Rice,water,salt and give a stir .
  • Close the lid on the pot, and turn pressure valve to SEALING position.
  • Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 5 minutes
  • Wait for NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE(NPR) (Wait until silver button on lid drops).BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM.
  • Squeeze some lime juice ,mix well and Paneer Biryani is ready serve with Onion Raita or plain yogurt.

INDIAN PRESSURE COOKER METHOD

  •  Heat a pressure cooker with oil on medium flame, add Bay leaf, cinnamon stick ,cardamom and cloves.
  • Then add sliced onions, green chillies,ginger-garlic paste.Saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn light brown in color -stir regularly.
  • Add mint, coriander leaves, curd, turmeric powder , red chilli powder, biryani masala powder and fried paneer and mix well.
  • Add rinsed Basmati Rice,water,salt and give a stir .
  • Cover the cooker with lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Squeeze some lime juice ,mix well and Paneer Biryani is ready serve with Onion Raita or plain yogurt.

Notes

  1. For Vegans ,you can skip yogurt and add lime juice or 1 medium tomato.
  2. I have shallow fried paneer in a pan for biryani,but you can add raw paneer itself.
  3. You can get biryani masala powder from any indian grocery store or amazon.You can use any brands.
  4. If you dont get biryani powder then replace with same quality of garam masala powder.
  5. You can also do a QR Release(QR) if you don’t have time and then open the lid.
  6. You can increase or decrease spices accordingly.
  7. You can add fried onions on top before serving.
  8. If you think your paneer is becoming chewy after pressure cooking ,saute paneer separately and add in the end or use home made paneer.
  9. I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT.
NO PRESSURE COOKER?:In case you do not have a pressure cooker, you can use a large pan and cook covered. However cooking time will be more. Also, in this method, add the paneer to the pan once the rice is half done.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 300.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.2g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 6.1mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 4.2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 1.1mg