Tomato Paneer Pulao

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Tomato Paneer Pulao / Thengai Pal Thakkali Sadham, is a rich tomato pulao recipe with paneer. Serve this pulao with Raitha and egg masala.

This is one of my favourite Friday night recipe to make. This Tomato paneer pulao recipe is made with coconut milk to bring a rich taste. Using Minimal spices this recipe comes together in 40 minutes.

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Some tips for making this delicious Tomato Paneer Pulao

  1. This is a spicy pulao recipe, if you wish to make it less spicy reduce the number of green chillies by half.
  2. Paneer can be substituted with a variety of vegetables to it. I sometimes like to add sweet corn or capsicum or green peas to it.  You can add it along with paneer too and followsame recipe.
  3. I sometimes like to use thick coconut milk as you see below in my picture it can be your personal choice. In case you are using canned coconut milk, add 1/2 cup extra water to adjust as it may be way to thick than fresh coconut milk.
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Tomato Paneer Pulao Ingredients :

  • 5-7 tbsp Oil (use any neutral flavored oil)
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 star Anise
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 no.s green cardamom pods
  • 2-3 Green chillies finely chopped (spicy vareity)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 medium sized Onions (Finely Chopped) , 100 gms
  • 2-3 tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup tomato pulp or 4 juicy tomatoes puree 
  • 2 tsp Degi mirch or Red chilli powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Corriander leaves a handful.
  • 200 gms Paneer cubed
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 4 cups diluted coconut milk
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How to make tomato Paneer Pulao

  • Wash basmati rice in water gently a few times or until the water is clear and soak it for 15-20 minutes, drain and keep it aside.
  • In a Pressure pan, add oil, once heated, add in bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods,cloves, star anise. Once the spices turn aromatic, add in the chopped green chillies, curry leavesand ginger garlic paste. Sauté for few minutes.
  • Next, add in the chopped onions,Add a little salt to cook the onions faster.
Pulao
  • Add pureed tomatoes ,Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the tomatoes turn mushy and is soft and well combined with the onions and other masala 
Tomato Pulao
  • Add Red chilli powder, cumin powder and cook well and add paneer cubes.
  • Mix in well cover and cook for 5 minutes till all the flavors infuse into paneer pieces.
  • Check salt and add more if needed. Cook the paneer in the tomato gravy in medium flame covered for 5 mins.
  • Add in the washed, soaked, drained basmati Rice
  • Add the diluted coconut milk and mix it well into the rice. Sprinkle 1 spoon of garam masala and drizzle ghee.
  • Cover the pressure cooker and with a lid (without whistle weight) cook the pulao mixture on medium flame until becomes semisolid or where almost all water is absorbed.
  • Now put the whistle weight on the lid, keep on low flame and cook for 7-10 minutes and switch off the flame.
  • Once the pressure is released, allow the pulao to rest for 10 – 15 mins in the cooker.
  • After resting time, use a fork to gently fluff the pulao so it is mixed well
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Paneer Recipes

Tomato paneer Pulao

Simple Coconut milk based tomato paneer pulao
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 5-7 tbsp Oil use any neutral flavored oil
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 star Anise
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 no.s green cardamom pods
  • 2-3 Green chillies finely chopped spicy vareity
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 medium sized Onions Finely Chopped , 100 gms
  • 2-3 tsp Salt adjust to taste
  • 1 cup tomato pulp or 4 juicy tomatoes puree
  • 2 tsp Degi mirch or Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Corriander leaves a handful.
  • 200 gms Paneer cubed
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 4 cups diluted coconut milk

Instructions
 

  • Wash basmati rice in water gently a few times or until the water is clear and soak it for 15 minutes, drain and keep it aside.
  • In a Pressure pan, add oil, once heated, add in bay leaf, cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamom pods,cloves. Once the spices turn aromatic, add in the chopped green chillies and curry leaves and ginger garlic paste. Sauté for few minutes.
  • Next, add in the chopped onions,Add a little salt to cook the onions faster.
    Pulao
  • Add pureed tomatoes ,Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the tomatoes turn mushy and is soft and well combined with the onions and other masala 
    Tomato Pulao
  • Add Red chilli powder and cumin powder.
  • Add paneer cubes, mix in well cover and cook for 5 minutes till all the flavors infuse into paneer pieces
  • Check salt and add more if needed
  • Cook the paneer in the tomato gravy in medium flame covered for 5 mins on medium flame.
  • Add in the washed, soaked, drained basmati Rice.
  • Add the diluted coconut milk, mix it the coconut milk into the rice mixture
  • Sprinkle 1 spoon of garam masala and drizzle ghee.
  • Cover the pressure cooker and with a lid (without whistle weight) cook the pulao mixture on medium flame until becomes semisolid or where almost all water is absorbed. Now put the whistle weight on the lid, keep on low flame and cook for 7-10 minutes and switch off the flame.
  • Once the pressure is released, allow the pulao to rest for 10 – 15 mins in the cooker.
  • After resting time, use a fork to gently fluff the pulao so it is mixed well
  • There your yummy tomato paneer pulao in coconut milk is ready to be served. Serve it hot eat it with onion, tomato cucumber raita.
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