Paneer kofta pulav

Adapted from Mallika Badrinath's Rice delights with slight changes


1 cup basmati rice
Salt to taste
2 onions
3 tbsp oil
Few roasted cashews
1 bay leaf
Coriander leaves to garnish

Masala paste

3 tbsp dry coconut powder
1/2 tsp ginger paste
2-3 red chillies
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 cardamoms
Piece of cinnamon
2 cloves
5-6 peppercorns

For kofta

1 cup grated paneer
2 tbsp all purpose flour
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Finely chopped coriander leaves

Soak the rice for 10 minutes. Heat 2 tsp oil, add bayleaf and onions and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the masala paste and fry till you get nice aroma. Add the rice (after draining the water in a seperate container) and fry for 2 more minutes. Transfer to the container with the drained water, add salt and pressure cook or cook on a pan till soft and grainy.

Mix the ingredients for kofta and make balls. Deep fry or fry in the paniyaram pan using little oil till golden brown. Add koftas to the rice just before serving. Garnish with coriander leaves and cashews.

Serve hot with raita/chips
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Srivalli said...

Looks so tempting! paneer in all forms!

Chitra said...

Looks very nice.I too hav that book..Will c to it :)

Nithya said...

yummy pulav :) looks too good.

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow....simple and yum....

Priya said...

Yummy pulao, paneer kofta pulao is really new to me..

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Pavithra Kodical said...

Delicious pulao..Ohh with paneer i bet it would taste great.

Shri said...

Lovely dish, EC!

the traditional gourmand said...

Looks delicious. I am trying to learn more about Indian cooking and I look forward to trying the recipes in your blog. Thanks for all the great tips!

Sanghi said...

Looks different, love paneer a lot.. will surely try this out!

Valarmathi said...

Oh wow thats a very yummy pulao.

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