My 8th Recipe “Paneer Fried Rice” is a very simple and tasty dish... It doesn't have a whole lot of spices in it, and I too don’t have a spiceeee story 🙂 Whenever I feel bored with normal lunch items and if I have Paneer in stock, one of the dish which I prefer to cook is Paneer Fried Rice… It is RK’s favorite too, very simple but healthy and tasty… For folks who do not know... Paneer is an Indian Cottage Cheese prepared by adding food acid, such as lemon juice, vinegar to hot milk to separate the curds from the whey and then draining the curds in muslin or cheesecloth to remove excess water... It is not aged like other cheeses...
|Total time||:||25 minutes|
|Preparation time||:||10 minutes|
|Cooking time||:||15 minutes|
|Basmati Rice||-||1 Cup|
|Ginger||-||1 tsp (Finely Chopped)|
|Garlic||-||1 tsp (Finely Chopped)|
|Spring Onion||-||7-8 (Finely Chopped Green and White Part Separately)|
|Cabbage||-||½ Cup (Finely Chopped)|
|Carrot||-||½ Cup (Finely Chopped)|
|Green Beans||-||¼ Cup (Finely Chopped)|
|Paneer||-||¾ Cup (Cubes) - *Vegans can replace with Tofu|
|Soya Sauce||-||¾ tsp|
|Black Pepper||-||1 ½ tsp (Freshly Ground)|
|Salt||-||1 tsp (Adjust per taste)|
|1)||Soak basmati rice for atleast 20-30 minutes and Cook in boiling water with 2-3 drops of oil and ½ tsp of salt.|
|2)||Soak the paneer in boiling water for 5 minutes. This step results in getting a soft paneer… In case of using a homemade fresh paneer you can skip this step.|
|3)||Heat a pan with a tsp of oil, add paneer and toast for 2-3 minutes or till the color changes to light golden brown and keep it aside.|
|4)||Heat a wide pan with a tsp of oil, add spring onion white part, ginger and garlic, sauté them for a minute in high flame followed by cabbage, carrot and beans along with sugar for another 2 minutes. Then add pepper, salt (as per taste) and soya sauce sauté for 2 minutes.|
|5)||Now add the toasted paneer to the veggie mixture give it a quick stir. Switch off the flame and finally add the spring onion green part and stir it again.|
|6)||Now add the rice to the veggie mixture or vice versa according to your comfort and mix thoroughly and carefully to avoid breaking of rice strands.|
|7)||Server Hot with just ketchup or your choice of manchurian, 65, etc..|
|•||Adding oil while cooking rice gives you separated rice strands.|
|•||In case of using cooker, cooking ratio should be 1:1 rice and water for 1 whistle.|
|•||You can even use scrambled paneer instead of cubes.|
|•||Overcooking paneer leads to hardening.|
|•||Adding sugar to the veggies while cooking helps to retain the bright natural color of the veggies.|
|•||Adding capsicum along with other veggies will give a nice flavor and color to the fried rice.|
Vidhu Sara says
I m gonna try this today. 2 doubt's.
1) Wat abt the spice part, only pepper s enough? Or can we add green chillies.
2. Can we add ginger garlic paste instead of fine chopped ones.? If we add, wat ll happen?
1) Just pepper is sufficient for spice. If you want more spice, then you can add chopped green chilli along with ginger and garlic... taste should be fine... In fact, they will serve 2 things in side in restaurants, so that people who need more spice can add before eating....
Chopped green chillis soaked in vinegar
Dry red chillis soaked in vinegar and ground to paste
2) Ginger garlic paste will give raw smell unless it is sauteed nicely.. since we do not saute for long time in fried rice, adding paste could spoil the taste of fried rice... definitely the appearance, color of fried rice will change..