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30 April 2013


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Recipe source : Mariasmenu.com,You can find the original recipe here


For Paneer masala
  1. Panner cubed- 250 gms
  2. Cinnamon-1" piece
  3. Cloves-3 nos
  4. Cardamom- 3 nos
  5. Onion sliced- 3 nos
  6. Ginger paste- 1 tbsp
  7. Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  8. Tomato- sliced-1 no
  9. Yogurt-1/4 cup
  10. Coriander leaves-3 tbsp
  11. Cashewnut paste- 2 tbsp (see notes)
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Oil
  14. Ghee
For Masala paste
  1. Coriander powder-2 1/2 tsp
  2. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  3. Chili powder-2 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp
  5. Water- as required
For rice
  1. Basmati rice- 1.5 cups
  2. Ghee-2 tsp
  3. Water
  4. Salt to taste

For garnishing and layering

  1. Onion-sliced- 1 small
  2. Cashew nuts-10 to 12 nos
  3. Raisins-1 to 2 tbsp
  4. Coriander and mint leaves-chopped- as required
  5. Ghee- as required

For preparing Paneer masala
  • Soak paneer cubes in hot water until required.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the masala paste(i.e coriander powder,turmeric powder,chili powder and fennel seeds)and grind to form a smooth paste.Keep aside.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan and add crushed cinnamon,cloves and cardamom.Saute for few seconds.Now add onion and salt.Cook until onion turns golden brown in color.
  • Now add ginger and garlic ,cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the prepared masala paste and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.Next add sliced tomato and cook until oil starts to separate ,or it starts to leave the sides of the pan.
  • Add yogurt and coriander leaves and mix until combined.Add more salt if required.
  • Now add paneer cubes ,cover and cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Add cashew nut paste and mix well.Cook for few more minutes.Keep aside.
For preparing rice
  • Wash rice until water runs clear.Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add the drained rice.Fry rice for 3 to 4 minutes,stirring continuously.
  • Add salt and water.Cover and cook until it is 3/4 th done, drain the excess water.Transfer cooked rice to a large tray and allow it to cool slightly.
For Layering
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan ,fry onion,cashew nuts and raisins separately until it turns golden brown.Keep aside.
  • Preheat oven to 180 Deg C.
  • Lightly grease  a baking pan with ghee.Arrange prepared rice and paneer masala in layers.Sprinkle 1/8 tsp ghee,and few tsp of chopped coriander and mint leaves on each layer of rice.
  • Garnish with fried cashewnuts,raisins and onion.
  • Cover it with an aluminium foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
( for stove top method,layer rice and paneer masala in a greased heavy bottomed pan and cover it tightly..Heat a tava /dosa pan and place the biriyani vessel on top of the tava.Reduce the flame to low a cook for about 20 minutes.)


  1. protein packed rice..looks delicious

  2. looks really delicious... yumm...

  3. Briyani looks so so tempting. yummmm

  4. wow...looks fabulous n awesome clicks..


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