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Easy Paneer Dum Biryani Recipe

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Paneer is made by curdling milk with a fruit- or vegetable-derived acid, such as lemon juice. It has a mild, milky flavor and a dense crumbly texture that goes beautifully well with strong spicy flavors used in many classic Indian dishes.

The process can be a little long but the outcome is worth the effort. In this paneer dum biryani recipe, ingredients used in the making is similar to other biryani recipes so if you are used to preparing biryani, this recipe prep and process will be a cakewalk but new cooks, this might be a little tedious.

To make easy paneer biryani, you can directly add the marinated paneer or deep fry them before adding them in the gravy.

Enjoy the dish with brinjal gravy or raita!

How to make paneer dum biryani at home

Step 1: Cooking the rice for paneer dum biryani

The first step to make paneer dum biryani is to keep the rice cooked and ready. Take a pan or cooker and add 4 cups of water to it. Along with it add soaked basmati rice, spices like bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove.

Finally, add salt and mix it all well and cook in medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Don’t overcook the rice, keep it to 70 percent.

When the rice is 70 percent cooked, filter the excess water, and keep it aside.

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Step 2: Fried onions

Next, prepare the fried onions used during the layering process. Heat the pan and add 4 tbsp of oil. Add one medium-size onion vertically cut to it and fry till the onion turns brown and crispy.

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Step 3: Biryani gravy

The next step is to cook the biryani gravy. Start with using the same pan used for deep frying onions. Make use of the rest of the oil.

Add the spices like bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, clove, black stone flower, dried kapok bud, and saute them in the oil. Next, add chopped onion and cook until the onion turns translucent and add green chilli to it.

Once the onion is cooked, add ginger garlic paste and cook till the raw smell goes away. And then add coriander and mint leaves. Mix them all well and saute them for a few minutes. Next, add all the masala mentioned in the ingredients like Kashmiri chilli, black pepper powder, turmeric powder and garam masala.

Next, add lime juice and mix well. Finally all curd and salt. Mix it all together and close the lid and cook till oil separates from the gravy. Cook for 5 minutes in medium flame.

Now add paneer and mix it with the gravy. Next close and cook for 2 minutes in medium flame. Paneer biryani gravy is read.

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Step 4: Layering

The final step in the paneer dum biryani process is layering. Spread the cooked rice evenly over the gravy and make a layer. On top of the rice, layer add coriander and mint leaves along with fried onion, butter and some garam masala to make another layer.

For dum, place a bowl full of water on top of the closed pan/cooker to keep the steam sealed. Now cook the biryani for 5 minutes in medium flame.

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After 5 minutes, remove the bowl of water and open the lid. Delicious paneer dum biryani is ready to serve.

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Paneer Dum Biryani Recipe

Easy Paneer Dum Biryani Recipe with step by step instructions
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: paneer dum biryani recipe
Servings: 3


  • cooker/pan


For Rice

  • 1 Cup Basmati rice 250gms
  • 4 Cup Water
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • Salt

For biryani gravy

  • 150 gms Curd
  • 1/4 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Medium Green chilli
  • 1/2 cup Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup Mint/Pudina
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 15 cubes Paneer/ Cottage cheese
  • salt
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Star anise
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 1 Clove
  • 2 Cinnamom
  • 1 Black stone flower
  • Dried kapok bud


  • 1 Medium Onion deep fried
  • Coriander leaves
  • mint leaves
  • Butter
  • Garam masala



  • Soak the basmati rice for 20 minutes


  • Boil the rice for 2 to 3 minutes till it's halfway cooked using the ingredients in the rice section
  • Drain the rice and keep it aside
  • Now, take a large pan and heat the oil
  • Add 1 medium onion and deep fry it(this is for layering). remove it from the pan and keep it aside.
  • Next, in the same pan, add, bay leaf, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, clove,star anise, black stone flower, dried kapok bud
  • Add the chopped onions and cook till its golden brown
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes off
  • Add coriander and mint leaves.
  • Now add kashmiri red chilli, pepper, turmeric, salt, garam masala and some water. Cook till the oil gets separated from the masala
  • Next add lime juice and then curd. Close the lid and cook till oil separates
  • Add paneer and mix well. Now close and cook for 2 min
  • Finally layering. Now, add the half-cooked rice evenly.
  • Next add coriander, mint leaves, butter, fried onions and some garam masala.
  • Cook it for 10 minutes in medium flame till the rice is completely cooked
  • Now open the lid and fluff the rice from the corners


Hot and spicy paneer biryani is ready to serve

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Interesting Facts:

  • Apart from being rich in protein and calcium, paneer is a great source of conjugated linoleic acid — a fatty acid that helps lose weight by increasing the fat burning process in the body.


2 thoughts

  • Prabhu
    August 7, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious 😋

    • Recipe Hub
      August 8, 2020 at 10:37 am

      Thank you so much!

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