Achaari Paneer Pulao

Achaari Paneer Pulao is a very flavourful Pulao which is a one pot meal with mild pickle flavour and chunks of marinated and grilled paneer cubes.

The Achaari Pulao had been on my to do list since a very long time , but somehow we have almost stopped eating pickles so was hesitant . Finally I decided to make it for lunch when hubby would be at work .

For this pulao one can use any good variety of rice , one can use both long grained or medium grained rice . What you need to be careful about is that while rinsing and soaking the rice you do not break the rice . The grains should remain intact . Another important thing to remember is that the rice should be cooked in ample of water and a big pot . This shall allow the rice to cook well . I have shared the method to cook rice for Biryani , where the rice is 80% cooked and then excess water is drained , but here you need to cook the rice almost till done . We do not have to cook rice further , it just needs a quick mixing .

One needs to prepare a marinade for the cottage cheese as the cheese itself is bland on its own . This marinade is made by blending herbs and spices along with some pickle .While preparing the paste and marinating the paneer , the aroma of the spices and pickle filled my kitchen and I just wanted to lick off the empty blender lid ! It was super super flavourful ! I did not add too much chilly , but if you like a little hot and tangy please add some more chilly and some more pickle to the paste . I wish I had added , but as my sis in law cannot tolerate too much chilly , I kept it mild .

After the rice is mixed and you are ready to serve , a garnish of Kasoori Methi is a must . It takes the Achaari Paneer Pulao to another level .

One can serve the rice with papads and curd , but I made a instant onion pickle which is a hit accompaniment with Achaari Paneer . We enjoyed this one pot meal and my son literally went crazy over the flavours of the pulao . Yes , I have been asked to make this more often .


Achaari Paneer Pulao

Achaari Paneer Pulao

Ingredients

Rice

2 cups basmati rice
3 tbsp ghee
2 cloves
1 bay leaf
1” cinnamon stick
2 green cardamoms
Few strands saffron
1 tsp milk
Salt to taste
1/2 cup green peas , boiled
1 tsp kasoori methi

Achaari Paste

2 cups cottage cheese cubes
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp nigella seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp mango pickle
1 tsp oil from mango pickle
Salt to taste
3/4 cup curd

Method

Rice

Soak the saffron in milk .
Wash the rice till the water is clear .
Soak it for 20 – 30 minutes .
Boil 6 cups water in a pot .
Add salt and a tsp of oil .
When the water comes to a boil add the rice .
Let the rice cook till completely done .
Drain excess water and let them cool .
Once the rice is cool add the soaked saffron and mix the rice .
Keep aside .

Paste

Except cottage cheese blend all ingredients under paste to a smooth mixture .
Marinade the cottage cheese cubes with half of this paste for at least 20 minutes .
After 20 minutes grill the paneer cubes in an oven or on charcoal till golden .

Making the Pulao

Heat a pan .
Add ghee to it .
Add bay leaf , cloves , cinnamon , cardamom .
Add the rest of the Achaari Paste .
Add the boiled green peas . Sauté for a minute or two .
Add the saffron coated rice and the grilled Paneer cubes .
Mix well and serve garnished with mint and kasoori methi .

Achaari Paneer Pulao

Here is what I have been posting under the theme Biryani , Pulao, Khichadi Festival.

Day 1 How to cook Rice with Absorption Method
Day 2 How to cook Perfect Rice for Biryani
Day 3 How to cook Rice in a Pressure Cooker
Day 4 How to cook Rice in a Microwave
Day 5 How to cook Rice in a Rice Cooker
Day 6 How to cook Basic Khichadi
Day 7 Undhiyu Biryani
Day 8 Banarasi Tandoori Biryani
Day 9 Bharwan Mirch ki Biryani
Day 10 Sindhi Thooma wara Chawara

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Achaari Paneer Pulao
Achaari Paneer Pulao is a very flavourful Pulao which is a one pot meal with mild pickle flavour and chunks of marinated and grilled paneer cubes.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Instructions
Rice
  1. Soak the saffron in milk .
  2. Wash the rice till the water is clear .
  3. Soak it for 20 - 30 minutes .
  4. Boil 6 cups water in a pot .
  5. Add salt and a tsp of oil .
  6. When the water comes to a boil add the rice .
  7. Let the rice cook till completely done .
  8. Drain excess water and let them cool .
  9. Once the rice is cool add the soaked saffron and mix the rice .
  10. Keep aside .
Paste
  1. Except cottage cheese blend all ingredients under paste to a smooth mixture .
  2. Marinade the cottage cheese cubes with half of this paste for at least 20 minutes .
  3. After 20 minutes grill the paneer cubes in an oven or on charcoal till golden .
Making the Pulao
  1. Heat a pan .
  2. Add ghee to it .
  3. Add bay leaf , cloves , cinnamon , cardamom .
  4. Add the rest of the Achaari Paste .
  5. Add the boiled green peas . Sauté for a minute or two .
  6. Add the saffron coated rice and the grilled Paneer cubes .
  7. Mix well and serve garnished with mint and kasoori methi .
Recipe Notes

12 thoughts on “Achaari Paneer Pulao”

  1. Achaari panner pulao looks too good. Seeing lots of recipes using aachar in pulao and biryani. I am a big fan of aachar, will definitely try this dish. Love the instant onion pickle on the side.

  2. Super! That achaari paste of your’s surely must have given a special kick to this pulao. I am loving this flavorful base and the addition of kasuri methi is a nice touch.

  3. This acahri paneer pulao looks fabulous. The marination paste sounds incredible and it must have given the biryani an awesome flavor. I was also hoping for that onion pickle recipe.

  4. I am beginning to love achaari pulaos a lot and this version with paneer as the protein is quite inviting, although my eyes are drawn to the vinegar soaked onion rinds… beautiful pic and recipe too !

  5. Can we use achar masala in pace of all the ingredients. Loved this achari Paneer Biryani and I am drooling over the pics of the whole platter. Vinegar onions are eye-catching too.

  6. Achaari pulao looks flavourful and tasty. It sure is a delicious pulao, and I would be eating half of the paneer before it’s gone in the pulao 😀 😀

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