BM # 65

Week: 4, Day : 3

Theme: Rice Dishes

For Day 3 I have a layered Biryani, which was a super duper hit in my house. Pavani suggested this and I fell in love with it when I saw it on her blog. My son in law who is a hard core tomato and paneer lover simply loved it. My hubby enjoyed but he feels Biryani is incomplete without veggies. He is a vegetable lover, so not to be blamed.   


Anyway this is a real rich Biryani, fit to serve the nawabs…oh I mean our guests. You actually need nothing on the side but I liked the spinach raita which Pavani had served, I make the same Raita quite often , so thought why not. It paired very well. This way one gets to eat some greens too. Coming to the recipe.
Paneer Makhani Biryani


2 cups rice
1 tbsp ghee
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
1 small piece cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 cup water
Salt to taste


Heat ghee, add the whole spices.
Saute till aroma release.
Add rice and roast foe a few minutes.
Add a cup of water and a cup of milk.
Add salt.
Transfer the rice to rice cooker and cook on cook mode.
The rice will be ready in 40 minutes.
Keep aside.


300 gms herbed paneer, cubed
Salt to taste
Heat oil and roast the. Paneer on a non stick pan, sprinkle a little salt on it.
Else sprinkle salt and deep fry the paneer
Makhani Gravy
2 onions
2 tsp chilly garlic ginger paste
2 cups tomato purée
1 tsp coriander cumin powder
2 tbsp tandoori masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp cashew paste
1/2 cup fresh cream
Salt to taste


Heat oil.
Add the onions and the chilly garlic ginger paste.
Cook till light brown.
Add tomato purée and the spices.
Cook till the moisture is completely absorbed .
Add cashew paste and fresh cream.
Add salt.
Mix well.
Add paneer and cook for a minute ortwo.


In a bakeware dish, drizzle some melted butter or ghee.
Spread it all over evenly.
Divide the rice into three parts.
Spread one part of rice topped with half the Paner Makhani and gravy.
Sprinkle some nuts and fried onions.
Top with another layer of rice and the rest of the paneer and gravy.
Finish the rice with the third layer of rice .
Garnish lavishly with nuts and onions.
Sprinkle a few drops of saffron,which has been dissolved .
Cover with foil and bake at 180 for about 10 minutes.


Fried onions
Fried nuts

I am sorry about the clicks., will click better pics and update the post soon. I know they do not do justice to this fantastic Biryani.

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Paneer Makhani Biryani

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