Name of today’s recipe is confusing,right?..Yeah even I was little confused when I saw this in the menu card of a restaurant here. Up on inquiry I was told that paneer butter masala pulao is a pulao where the cooked basmati rice is sauteed with paneer butter masala gravy,now that was something I kind of liked. Paneer butter masala is something love and so is basmati rice,this combination must be tasty I thought,though I did not eat it in the restaurant,I decided to try out at home. The chef at the resturant also told that paneer butter masala pulao is a famous street food just like tawa pulao,but I have never heared of it :). Last week I tried out this recipe following the below steps. I cooked rice and cooled it thoroughly. Then I prepared panner butter masala gravy,this time I tweaked the recipe here and there,then I sauteed the paneer pieces,once everything was ready I quickly sauteed and served hot.This rice tasted wonderful with humble raita,it was even better after few hours.Here is the recipe for paneer butter masala pulao.
Similar tastyand easy one pot meals I have already blogged are
Paneer vegetable pulao
Corn peas pulao
Here is a useful collection of tips and tricks for making perfect pulao
Paneer butter masala pulao recipe
Star ingredients: Paneer and basmati rice
1 1/2 cup basmati rice
200 grams paneer,cubed
1/4 cup boiled peas
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons butter
For paneer butter masala:
2 large tomatoes,pureed or chopped very fine
1 large onion,chopped roughly
2 green chillies
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1″ inch ginger
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/8 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/8 teaspoon black peppercorns
1.Pressure cook basmati rice,once pressure is released,fluff the rice with a fork and add 1 teaspoon oil to it.Spread gently and cool it thoroughly.
2.Heat 1/2 tablespoon butter in a pan and add the paneer pieces.Saute till they turn golden,drain to a paper towel and keep aside.
3.Grind all the ingredients from onion through black peppercorns to a coarse paste.Chop or puree the tomatoes.
4.Heat a kadai or pan and the 2 tablespoons butter.After it melts,add cloves and bay leaf.Saute for 2 minutes.
5.Add the tomato puree and saute till cooked.Next add the ground masala and saute well till it thickens and leaves out butter.
6.Now add the peas and capsicum and saute for 10 minutes.Add sal,turmeric powder.chilli powder and garam masala.Add 1/4 cup water and cook for 5-7 minutes.
7.Add the cooked rice and mix very gently.Add the sauteed paneer pieces,toss once or twice and serve hot.
1.After adding the rice,saute it very quickly and toss the paneer very gently just once or twice
2.You can even use left over rice for this recipe