Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe

A lip smacking dish, that you will absolutely love, Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe is a combination of ghee rice along with creamy paneer butter masala, layered together. Serve it with a simple raita for a hearty Sunday lunch.

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Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe
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Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe, is a delicious vegetarian biryani, made by assembling ghee rice and paneer butter masala in layers. Serve this to your guests at your house parties, or make it for a Sunday brunch for your family. 

Layers of aromatic rice cooked in whole spices along with ghee piled over rich creamy butter paneer gravy, with a slight crunch from the fried onions and freshness added to this dish from the coriander and mint leaves. This rice preparation will leave you licking your fingers, asking for more. 

Serve Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe, along with Onion Raita for a simple meal. Finish this simple yet delicious meal with Kesar Shahi Tukda With Rabri Recipe (Saffron Bread Pudding With Spiced Milk Custard)

Try our other Biryani recipes: 

  1. Lucknowi Murgh Biryani Recipe - Awadhi Style Chicken Biryani
  2. Chole Biryani Recipe - Spicy Chana Biryani Recipe
  3. Chettinad Mint Potato Biryani Recipe

Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

25 M

Total in

45 M

Makes:

4 Servings

Ingredients

    For the rice 
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • 1 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 2 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 2 Whole Black Pepper Corns
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
  • Other ingredients 
  • 1/4 cup Fried Onions
  • 1 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves
  • 1 sprig Mint Leaves (Pudina)
  • For the Paneer Butter Masala
  • 200 grams Paneer (Homemade Cottage Cheese) , cut into 1/2 inch cubes 
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh cream
  • 1 Onion , roughly chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • Salt , to taste
  • Cooking oil , Cooking oil , for cooking
  • 1 tablespoon Cashew nuts , fried to garnish

How to make Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe

  1. To begin making the Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe, wash and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. 

To make the rice for Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani
  1. In a pressure cooker, heat ghee on low flame add the whole spices- cardamom, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, whole black peppercorns, and a bay leaf, allow these spices to sizzle, next add the drained rice, salt and 2 cups of water.

  2. Close the pressure cooker and pressure cook for two whistles and turn off the flame. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Spread the rice on a plate and allow it to cool. 

  3. Once cooled, mix in the fried onions and chopped coriander and mint leaves. 

To make the Paneer Butter Masala for the Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe
  1. In a kadai, heat a teaspoon of oil on medium heat, add the cumin seeds, cardamom, green chilli, ginger, garlic, and onions and saute for 4-6 minutes, once the onions turn brown add in the chopped tomatoes. 

  2. Continue to cook until all the vegetables soften, add salt and turn off the flame. Allow it to cool. 

  3. Once cooled, transfer the onion-tomato mix into a mixer-jar and grind into a smooth paste. 

  4. Heat a pan on low heat, transfer the ground masala paste onion- tomato mix to the pan and continue to cook on low flame.

  5. Now add the cumin powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder, honey and kasuri methi. Mix well and bring this paneer butter masala gravy to a brisk boil. 

  6. When the gravy begins to boil, add in the paneer pieces and fresh cream. Mix well, and ensure that you are left with a thick semi coating masala on the paneer and turn off the flame. 

  7. We are not looking for a gravy style -paneer butter masala, we want the masala to be well coated over the paneer pieces. 

To assemble the Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe
  1. Grease a big glass bowl generously with some melted butter, put some coriander- mint leaves and fried onions, start with the first layer, spread 1/3 cup of rice, pressing firmly,  then a layer of paneer butter masala, repeat these layers till you end up with rice as the last layer. 

  2. Place a serving plate over this Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani bowl and invert it on the plate. 

  3. Serve Layered Paneer Butter Masala Biryani Recipe, along with Onion Raita for a simple meal. Finish this simple yet delicious meal with Kesar Shahi Tukda With Rabri Recipe (Saffron Bread Pudding With Spiced Milk Custard)  

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