Paneer Dum Biryani

Biryani is a medley of rice, vegetables (or meat) & spices and is popular among Indians & other south Asians. Traditionally biryani is cooked over hot coal in a sealed cooking pot allowing the aroma of spices permeated into the vegetables & rice (this method of cooking in low heat is known as “Dum” process). But nowadays we can cook biryani using slow cooker, or bake in the oven or as shown in this post.

IMG_0302Although I like both pressure-cooked biryani & dum biryani equally, I am so exhilarated to find every grain of Basmati rice nicely puffed out during dum process. I never miss to add paneer (cottage cheese) in dum biryani as paneer can be enjoyed at its best form in terms of texture, flavor & taste.

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Now the recipe for paneer dum biryani is as below:

Serves: 3

Ingredients:

  1. Basmati rice – 1½ cups
  2. Paneer – 100 g
  3. Any neutral oil – 1/3 cup
  4. Bay leaf – 1 No.
  5. Star Aniseed – 1 No.
  6. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  7. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  8. Curd – ½ cup
  9. Saffron (soaked in a tbsp of warm milk) – few strands
  10. Salt – 1½ tsp

Vegetables:

  1. Onion (minced ) – 2 Nos.
  2. Ripe tomatoes – 2 Nos.
  3. Carrot (large) – 1 No.
  4. Beans – 10 Nos.
  5. Fresh peas – ¾ cup
  6. Potato (medium sized) – 1 No.
  7. Mint leaves – a handful

For grinding:

  1. Onion – 1 No.
  2. Green chillies – 4 Nos.
  3. Ginger – 2″ piece
  4. Garlic – 8 Nos.
  5. Cloves – 9 Nos.
  6. Cardamom – 2 Nos.
  7. Cinnamon – 2 Nos. (each 1″)

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Cooking Method:

Preparing vegetables & spice mix: (Time taken: 10 min) Wash vegetables and chop them as shown below and grind spices into a smooth paste without adding water.masala

Biryani rice: (Time taken: 10 min) Wash & cook rice as shown below after adding half a teaspoon of salt and keep aside.

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Biryani Masala: (Time taken: 10 min)

  • Heat a heavy bottom cooking pot with oil in medium flame.
  • Fry bay leaves & star aniseed for few seconds.
  • Add minced onions & paneer cubes and saute until onions are caramelized.
  • Add all chopped vegetables, red chilli powder & turmeric powder and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add half a teaspoon of salt and mix well.
  • Add chopped tomatoes & spice-mix and saute until amalgamated.
  • Add mint leaves, curd & half a teaspoon of salt and cook in low flame for a minute.
  • Remove from heat and keep aside.

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Dum Process: (Time taken: 15 min)

  • Heat a cast-iron dosa tawa and place the same cooking pot on top of it enabling biryani cooked in low heat.
  • First we start with a layer of vegetables followed by rice and again another layer of vegetables & rice.
  • Finally pour saffron milk and close the pot with a lid.
  • Seal the pot using wheat flour (or plain flour) dough to prevent the steam escape.
  • Place a heavy object over the lid to keep it in its place.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Open the pot after scraping the hard dough.
  • Gently mix rice & vegetables with a wooden spatula.
  • Serve hot paneer biryani with raita of your choice.

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Tips & Tweaks:

  • It is preferred to use long grains of Basmati rice for Dum process.
  • You can also add vegetables like baby potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and butter beans (pea beans) that taste extremely delicious in dum biryani.
  • Authentic dum biryani recipe uses thinly sliced onion than minced onion. But I prefer to use minced onion as it requires less oil to caramelize them.
  • Since dum process does not require much oil you may reduce it to ¼ cup.

 

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121 Comments Add yours

  1. shalini says:

    Simply lovely. I didn’t know it was so easy. I am pretty sure, it looks easy but it would have its own tweaks for a non cook like me

    1. Megala says:

      Glad to hear that this post motivates you to try your hand, thanks a lot !!

      1. shalini says:

        💗💗

  2. orlando788 says:

    Great recipe! I love paneer!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much !

  3. foodzesty says:

    Amazing recipe Megala!!! 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  4. jaitraadi says:

    Yummy yummy paneer dum biryani

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much !

  5. I am huge fan of Biryani and being a vegeterian have option of only veg biryani and paneer biryani and I absolutely loved your recipe..Will definitely make with recipe next time..This is looking scrumptious !!

    1. Megala says:

      Glad to hear this, thank you !

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  6. Biryani is my favourite! So glad to stumble on to your site so helpful in learning how to make these dishes authentically. 🙂👌

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for your feedback, it really means a lot !

  7. gheehand says:

    Lovely recipe

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks !

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