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Friday, March 28, 2008

Paneer Pulav

Rice is a staple in any South Indian household....and there are several ways in which it is cooked and eaten. Sometimes, however, you just crave for a rice that does not overshadow your other dishes....something that just gently blends in with the rest of the menu, a dish that is fragrant and delicious...but not overpoweringly so....
Here's one such recipe....

What you need:
Basmati rice - 1 cup (Soak in plenty of water for 1 hour and then drain and keep aside)
Paneer pieces - 1/2 cup
Water - 2 1/4 cups
ghee - 2 tsp
Salt
Star anise - 1
Clove - 4
Cinnamon - a small piece
Cardamom - 4 pods
Garlic - 2 pods, peeled and minced
Onion - 1, chopped fine
Green chilli - 1, minced

Powder the spices (anise,clove,cinnamon and cardamom) coarsely and transfer them to a large microwaveable bowl. Add a tsp of ghee to it and heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds on high.
Now add the chopped onion, garlic and green chillies and heat for 2 minutes or until the onion turns a nice brown. Stir in the rice and the remaining ghee. Microwave for 1 minute.
Add water and cook at 850 watts for 8 minutes. Add paneer pieces. Then lower the power to 650 watts and cook for another 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Let it stand for a few minutes before serving with any raita/curry of your choice.

Paneer pulav served with baby bittergourd fry and cucumber raita.

I discovered baby bittergourds recently on a trip to the vegetable market....and I must say I love them. They are nice to look at, but to me, the best part is that there's no chopping/prepping involved. Just wash them and throw them into a kadai....with some salt, oil and red chilli powder. Stir once in a while until it is crisp and brown. Now, that's easy, isn't it???

This is my entry to Srivalli's MEC-Rice.
The baby bittergourd fry goes to Pooja's Veggie of the Week event.

22 comments:

ushaprashanth said...

Hi!
will one green chilli be enough?? I think instead of raita we can also have kurma like side dish to accompany the pulav...this is just my suggestion.

Srivalli said...

now..that looks cute...thanks for the lovely entry!

smn said...

hey i blogged it long ago just that i added corns urs luks.. nice wth the raitha

sowmya said...

Thats a lovely microwave recipe..will try this ...

Laavanya said...

What a mild & flavourful pulao that makes.. yummy.

Seena said...

Good one Jaya, never tried.. :)

Pooja said...

Jaya, Send your entry to blogpooja@gmail.com , I have mentioned it in rules, and the link for the rules and logo is at the end of the latest post . Check it out.

Well, this looks delicious , pulav with paneer the yummiest combination :D.

kamala said...

hi
thanks for visiting my blog.paneer
pulav looks lovely.I love raitha

kamala said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.Pulav looks yummy,i love raitha too

Cham said...

Paneer pulav in MW , great entry and looks good

mitr_bayarea said...

Very simple and quick method, not sure if we get baby gourds here, but, the side dish looked really yummy.

Dhivya said...

wow!looks so delicious and yummmmm

sra said...

Your pulave sounds delicious, Jayashree, and I want to eat raita now!

Uma said...

looks delicious.

Seema said...

Paneer pulav & hot & sicy veg kurma will be great combo! May be some chips on the side too :-)

easycrafts said...

Never made pulav with paneer...thanks for the idea

Sagari said...

very nice recipe jayashree,love it

Pooja said...

Thank you for this easy to cook recipe for VoW-Bittr gourd Jayashree . I think you missed to send the pic and I dont see name of dish mentioned anywhere. Do u call it Bitter gourd stir fry or something else ? Email me with pic and that :) .

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a nice recipe.....Love the paneer...

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

my mom makes a similar pulao too!! looks good!

Archy said...

Panner pulav in Microwave.. cool.. shall try this next time.. good entry !!

Annu said...

Thats a nice entry jaya.....