Matar Paneer Rice

Last weekend I made this Matar Paneer Rice for lunch and was really very tasty. This recipe was made accidentally as I was planning to make Mushroom Rice but mushroom was not available so tried that recipe with Paneer.


Preparation Time: 20-25 mins
Cooking Time: 40-45 mins


For rice:
  • Biryani Rice/ long grain rice: 1 cup
  • Clove: 1
  • Cinnamon piece/stick: 1/2 "
  • Bay leaf: 1
  • Cardamom: 1-2
  • Coriander leaves: few strings(finely chopped)
  • Ginger-garlic-green chilli paste: 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seed: 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee 2-3 tbsp

For the Paneer Gravy:
  • Paneer: 150 grm( cut into cubes)
  • Matar(Peas): 1/4 cup
  • Tomato: 1 small ( pureed)
  • Onion: 1 small ( finely chopped)
  • Ginger-garlic-green chilli paste: 1 tsp
  • Chilli pwd: 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric pwd: 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala pwd: 1/2 tsp
  • Kitchen king masala: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves: few string ( finely chopped)
  • Oil to cook


For rice:

  • Clean and wash the rice. Soak the rice for 15 mins. Drain and keep aside.
  • In a large pan, boil 3 cups of water with clove, cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom and salt and then add the rice. Cover and cooked the rice till 90-95% done. Drain and keep aside
  • Heat the ghee in kadai/pan and add cumin seed, once they start spluttering then add ginger-garlic-green chili paste, cook for few sec and then add rice. Mix well. turn off the heat. Keep aside.

For the gravy:

  • Heat the oil in a Kadai/pan and cumin seed, once they start spluttering then add the onion, cook for 2-3 mins and add ginger-garlic- green chlli pastes and fry for a while.

  • Add the pureed tomato and cook for 2-3 mins, then add the red chilli pwd, turmeric pwd , garam masala pwd, kitchen king masala and salt. mix well. Cook for another another 2-3 mins.

  • Add the paneer  and matar(peas) and mix well.
  • Add the rice and mix it gently.


  • Do not over cook the rice, else texture of paneer rice will not look good.
  • Can add the fried nuts, it will enhance the taste.
  • Cover the lid of pan/kadai after mixing rice and paneer,it will add more flavor to the rice.

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