I'm becoming a big fan of one pot meals these days.Why?My LM has long hours at school and she HAS to eat her lunch there, hubby dear who loves his elaborate curry-kootu south indian platter lunch has to carry his lunch and by making one pot meals in the morning i can escape all the cutting and chopping.Call it laziness but if i don't sleep with the menu decided for next day I'd be lost!
I made this paneer fried with a wee bit of doubt if my DH will like it because he isn't a big fan of paneer/cottage cheese.But he liked it so I decided it can make its presence once in a while.But alas LM never finished her lunch box :( sad but I just have to bear with her and her choosy habits.
To make this you need
Paneer 1 cup cubed
Basmati rice - 2 cups soaked for half hour
Onion 1 large
Tomato 1 large
Ginger 1/2 inch piece, Garlic 4-5 pods both chopped finely or crushed
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Yogurt/curd 2 tablespoons
Warm Water 2 cups
Ghee/Butter/Oil or a mix of both in any ratio you want 1 tablespoon
Whole spices - cinnamon 1 inch piece
- Soak the basmati rice for half hour and drain and keep aside.Heat some water to cook this rice keep this ready.
- Heat oil in a deep vessel, add the butter/ghee and add the cinnamon stick.Add paneer to this and brown the pieces.Remove the paneer and set aside.
- Add onions fry well then add the crushed ginger garlic and saute well.
- Add tomato and fry well until mashed.Now add the Yogurt/curd and saute well for 2-3 minutes.
- Add garam masala powder and fry well.
- Add the drained basmati rice and fry well until it goes translucent.
- Add the warm water now and check for salt.Add the fried paneer now.
- Once this water starts boiling mildly reduce the flame to medium and cover this and cook for 12-15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed by the rice.
- Fluff the rice up with a fork in between do not stir once the rice is added.
- Mild paneer fried rice is ready to be served with any raita of your choice, pickle and papads or by itself too.Have a good meal :)