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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
Total Time 50 minutes

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

Instructions

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 .