Paneer Mutter Biryani


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Paneer is a show-stealer! Undoubtedly one of my favorites. Layers of rice and spicy paneer mutter make this Biryani a real delicacy. And roasted onions add a yummy touch to the brown rice. I have used low-fat milk to enhance its calcium and protein content, even while curbing the calories. To keep the paneer soft, place it in warm water for a few minutes and then use it.

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Paneer Mutter Biryani recipe - How to make Paneer Mutter Biryani

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  13 to 15 minutes.   Baking Temperature:  200°C (400°F).    Makes 4 servings
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For The Paneer Mutter Mixture
1/2 cup low-fat paneer cubes
1/4 cup boiled green peas
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 tsp chilli-garlic paste
1/2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/2 cup fresh tomato pulp
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
a pinch of sugar
1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
salt to taste

For The Onion Brown Rice
2 1/4 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
2 tbsp low-fat milk , 99.7% fat-free
For the paneer mutter mixture

  1. Heat a non-stick pan on a medium flame and when hot, add the onions and dry roast on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes or till they turn light brown in colour. Sprinkle a little water if they start burning.
  2. Add the chilli-garlic paste, ginger-green chilli paste and 1 tbsp of water and dry roast on a medium flame for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the fresh tomato pulp, chilli powder, garam masala, sugar and dried fenugreek leaves, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add ¼ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the paneer, green peas and salt, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 more minute. Remove from the flame and keep aside.

For the onion brown rice

  1. Heat a deep non-stick pan on a medium flame and when hot, add the onions and dry roast on a medium flame for 2 minutes or till the onions turn brown. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of water to prevent the onions from burning.
  2. Add the brown rice and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  3. Divide the rice into 2 equal portions and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Spread one portion of the onion brown rice evenly at the bottom of a baking glass bowl.
  2. Spread the paneer mutter mixture evenly over it.
  3. Spread the other layer of onion brown rice evenly over the paneer mutter mixture and pour the milk evenly over it.
  4. Cover with a lid and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrient values per serving
Energy 154 kcal
Protein 4.4 gm
Carbohydrates 31.4 gm
Invisible Fat 1.0 gm
Fibre 3.2 gm
Calcium 64.8 mg

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