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Paneer Pulav is one of the simplest, nutricious and delicious of the rice dishes to make if you have some cooked rice and paneer ready with you. This dish makes a great lunch box for school or work. Its simple and non messy and tasty to eat as well. Send it along with a cup of yogurt and a bottle of butter milk, it has tease your senses for that afternoon.
2 cups of cooked rice
1 clove of finely mashed garlic
1-2 slit green chillies (optional)
1/4 cup of finely sliced onions
1/2 cup finely diced red bell peppers
1 cup of paneer cubes
1/4 cup of peas, steamed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon freshly pounded cardamom powder
1/2 teaspoon dried mint powder (or freshly chopped mint leaves)
1 tablespoon of oil
1 tablespoon ghee
Salt to taste
Heat oil in medium heat in a pan; add cumin seeds, onions, green chillies(optional) and red pepper; saute until soft and tender and the onions are turning caramel. Stir in the garlic and saute for a few more seconds until the rawness of garlic reduces.
At this stage, stir in the cubed paneer, peas, cardamom powder, mint powder/leaves and salt to taste. Finally add in the cooked rice and stir gently until all the ingredients are well combined. With heat on low, cover the pan and allow all the flavors to release into the rice.
Turn off heat and serve hot. If packing into a lunch box, cool completely and then pack.