Monday, 26 October 2009

Meethi Paneer Biryani

Ok, its Meethi - as in Fengureek... and not meethi as in sweet :))  A different taste, somewhat unusual, but I find it a refreshing change from the usual meat and chicken affair. Worth a try, even if its only once...

You need
3 mugs rice, soaked
5 green cardamons
1/2 zeera
1/2 tsp dry fengureek seeds
Salt to taste

2 blocks, or 400 grms of paneer, fried - I used halloumi
2 bunches fresh meethi leaves
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
2 onions, finely chopped

2 cups plain yoghurt
100 gms almonds, fried in some ghee
1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 black pepper, 1/2 garam masala, 14 tsp each jaipfal and jawetri and ground green cardamon

Do this:

1-heat some oil in a pot, add the fengureek, cardamons and zeera to it and let it splutter

2- add the rice, salt and enough water for it to cook.. and cook as u would normal pilaw..

3- once rice is done, let it rest and cool down a bit

4- wash, clean and blanch fengureek leaves for 2 minutes. You want them to retain colour and smell

5- heat some oil in a pan and add the onions. Let them get golden in colour and add the yoghurt, spices and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes

6- add the paneer cubes and let it cook for a few minutes. You want a gravy like look..

7- add the meethi leaves and cover, letting it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside

8- layer rice in another pot, adding half of the paneer meethi mix, sprinkling some almonds and half the chopped mint. Repeat, till all is used up. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and put the lid on. Let it sit till it gathers steam.

9- open.. and enjoy with plain dahi or the kababs :)



  1. Well, got the link thru a facebook group,n just hit it like any other link...but am amazed to look at your work...Wow.great job..hatts offff to you...!!! so u r in UAE, since when? I am in Qatar..

  2. Hey thanks Ayesha :) Would be very happy if you tried some of it out and gave me input. Yes, been here since 6 years. Great place to live. Thanks for the comment - and the link check :)


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