Thursday, August 18, 2016

Paneer Capsicum Pulao /Indian Cottage Cheese&Bell Pepper Rice

Today I am sharing an easy to prepare Rice dish,Paneer bell pepper pulao.Paneer capsicum rice/pulao is one of the best healthy,easy to prepare rice recipes and can be served with various accompaniments and Indian curries.
It is a quick nutritious rice dish flavored with delicated spiced,paneer and capsicum.
This tomato-based paneer capsicum pulao is a toothsome treat that will delight your family and friends!

Course:Main course
Yield :4 servings
Preparation Time:10minutes
Cooking Time:20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes 


  • Basmati rice -1 Cup
  • Capsicum  -1 no (medium size)
  • Paneer cubes- 1cup
  • Carrot  -1 no
  • Onion  -1 no
  • Green Chilies-2 nos
  • Ginger-Garlic paste-1 tsp   
  • Tomato  -1 no  
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 3nos 
  • Bay leaf -1
  • Cardamom  -4nos
  • Black Pepper- 1tsp
  • Shah Jeera-1/2tsp(optional)
  • Salt  - to taste
  • Water -2 cups
  • Oil/ghee -1 tbsp    
  • Coriander leaves,chopped (optional)-2 tsp


  1.  Wash and soak the rice for at least for 30 minutes.Drain it well in a colander.
  2. Cut the capsicum into medium sized cubes.
  3. Soak the paneer cubes in hot water with a pinch of salt for minimum 15 minutes.
  4. Add ghee/oil in a pan,add well drained rice and saute until it becomes dry.While roasting,be gentle otherwise it may break. 
  5. Heat oil/ghee in a pan,add cinnamon,cardamom,cloves bay leaf,shah jeera and saute for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  6. Add finely chopped onion and saute until translucent,without changing its color.
  7. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw ginger smell goes off.Add chopped tomato and fry till it becomes soft.
  8. Add finely chopped carrots along with green chilies.Fry till carrots are half done.Add crushed black pepper and mix it well.Add 2 cups of water,required salt and bring it to a boil. 
  9. Add the roasted rice bring it to a boil.Close the lid and cook in a low flame for few minutes.
  10. Mean while shallow fry the paneer cubes preferably in a nonstick pan in a medium flame until golden color and immerse them in hot water until use.Drain the  water and keep aside.
  11. Heat oil in a pan,add diced capsicum/bell pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes.Keep aside.
  12. Add paneer cubes and capsicum cubes to the rice and veggies mix,cover and cook for another 2-3minutes.
  13. Make sure that bell peppers are not over cooked.I like crunchy peppers than mushy ones.Once the bell peppers/capsicums are added,don't cook more than 2-3minutes.
  14. Taste the rice and adjust seasoning accordingly.Sprinkle coriander leaves/cilantro and serve hot.


  • Roasting rice ensures separate grains.
  • You can replace whole slit green chilies with red chili powder
  • Soaking the paneer cubes in hot water ensures  its softness even when cooled down.If not frying the paneer just dip them in hot water for5-10 minutes and drain the water before cooking.
  • While shallow frying paneer,make sure that you use a nonstick pan and fry it in a medium flame until golden color.
  • Add some ghee fried cashew nuts along with paneer.If you like sweet touch,add ghee fried raisins also.   


Serve warm along with a spicy or rich accompaniment,any kind of Raita,pickle and papad.....

Enjoy the Dish.....

Happy Cooking!!!!!