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Paneer Pulao

Posted by Dipti Shah on March 20, 2009

I make most of my pulaos/biryani in the Hawkins Futura pressure cooker ( Hey I’m not advertising them. I got this when I came from India & this is all I have)

Paneer Pulao

Paneer Pulao


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 -1/2 tblsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 3 tblsp ketchup
  • 1/2 roma tomato chopped
  • 1 cup paneer cubes
  • 3 tblsp yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Palmful of dried parsley
  • a pinch sugar
  • 1/2 tsp butter , oil each
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tblsp whole cashewnuts



  • Wash the rice, soak and keep aside.
  • Put 2 cups of water to boil.
  • Heat the butter and oil in a pressure cooker, add the cashewnuts & fry until golden brown. Remove & keep aside.
  • In the same oil fry onion, ginger, garlic and green chilli paste and stir for a few seconds.
  • Then add the tomato, ketchup and paneer cubes and cook for some time.
  • Then add garam masala & drained rice. Fry for 30 seconds.
  • Then add whisked yogurt, parsley, sugar, 2 cups of hot water and salt and pressure cook on high until you hear the pressure had built up.
  • Reduce the stove to med or med -low & cook for 3 mins only.
  • After 3 mins remove from stove & let cool for 5 mins.
  • After 5 mins forcefully allow the steam to escape by lifting the whistle.
  • Fluff the pulao with a fork/spoon gently & transfer to a serving dish.
  • Garnish with fried cashew & parsley.
  • Serve hot with chilled raita & papad.

If you don’t have the futura, pressure cook in regular cooker only for 1 whistle. Allow the steam to escape before opening.

I serve this pulao with carrot raita.

I’ve substituted paneer with slightly pan-fried firm tofu.
Parsley can be substituted with kasoori methi


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Plain Rice

Posted by Dipti Shah on March 19, 2009


  • 1 cup any rice (basmati, long grained, sona-masoor, jasmine)
  • Salt to taste
  • Lots of water for boiling rice.
  • Juice of ¼ lime (optional) or 1 tsp of lime juice
  • Few drops of oil/ghee (optional)


  • Wash rice at least 3 times & soak in water for minimum ½ hour.
  • Meanwhile put a huge stockpot filled with water to boil.
    Add salt to taste. The gas setting should be high & cover with lid to speed up the boiling process.
  • When the water comes to a rolling boil. Take the drained soaked rice & dump it into the boiling water.
  • Switch the gas settings to med.
  • Add lime juice & mix well.
  • Keep stirring occasionally.
  • After 15 minutes check to see if the rice is done. It should not be too mushy , but al dente.
  • Once rice is done drain in a colander.
  • Transfer to serving dish/bowl & fluff once with a fork.

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