Paneer Dum Biryani

Biryani is an all time favorite food for many, including me. Being a rice loving person, I tend to try various versions of Biryani. Dum Biryani is super flavorful and tasty of all.

Dum Biryani is a classic dish of the Mughals. When it comes to the vegetarian version, Paneer Dum Biryani stands out. Here is my version.

Ingredients (Serves 3)

Preparation time – 15 mins
Marination time – 2 hours
Cooking time – 30 mins
For Marination
  • Fresh or Frozen Paneer / Cottage Cheese – 200 gms
  • Fried Onions – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Ajwain seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Kasuri methi – a pinch crushed
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Mint leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – As required
For Cooking Rice
  • Basmati rice – 1 cup
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cloves – 2
  • Green chillies – 2 slit
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – As required
For Layering
  • Saffron – 10 to 12 strands
  • Milk – 3 tbsp
  • Onion – 1 medium sized, fried
  • Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup tightly packed
  • Mint leaves – 1/4 cup tightly packed
  • Butter / Oil – 1 tbsp

Steps

  • Soak rice for 30 mins.
  • In a pan, add butter, bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, jeera and green chillies and saute for a minute.
  • Add soaked rice and 2 cups water.
  • Cook the rice and let it cool.
  • In a pan add oil and fry onions till brown.
  • Add the saffron strands to warm milk and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add curd and whisk it smooth.
  • Mix all the spice powders (dry ingredients) in a separate bowl.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, all the dry ingredients to the curd and mix well.
  • Add paneer, fried onions, 2 tbsp mint leaves, 2 tbsp coriander leaves, salt, lemon juice and mix carefully.
  • Refrigerate the marinated paneer for at least 2 hours. Can leave overnight too.
  • Place a Tawa on the stove and place a wide pan on it.
  • Start layering with rice, marinated paneer , fried onions , mint and coriander leaves and drizzle some saffron milk all over.
  • Repeat the layering.
  • Cover the pan with aluminium foil and place a heavy lid on top.
  • Cook in medium flame for 5 minutes. Then simmer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Let it cool for a while and mix it. Yummy tasty Paneer Dum Biryani is ready to be served !!!

Key points

  • Marinate overnight for best results.
  • Take care not to break the rice while mixing.
  • The process of Dum can be done using oven as well.
  • If using frozen paneer, keep it immersed in hot water till use.

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