Paneer Fried Rice

I love my cousins back in India! They’re all younger than me, calling me ‘Didi’ :) Before I scribble that funny evening here, lemme specify they all are super-foodies!!! Till the time I was there, I used to cook their choice of dishes. Sometimes we used to explore new food-joints all together! We never missed celebrating our birthdays n rakhi day with a long list of food prepared in-house or take-away or by dining-out. One of those days I can’t forget ever…

I used to buy local restaurant deals online n once I saw a very attractive deal of ‘Yanki Sizzlers’! Instead of buying one for me to go along with 1-2 friends, I bought 2 vouchers so that a toofan gang (that’s what they call) can go together! We girls decided to get dressed over-the-top n then left for dinner… Went there.. Ordered 2-3 sizzlers n some other dishes! Everything was done within 30 mins… And then my youngest cousin said “Didi, aren’t you still hungry?” :P Ordering few more sizzlers didn’t seem to be a great idea, so we paid there n came out!

Facial expressions were worth seeing… Funny, too funny I better say! Dinner was just 50% done… Planned to get a pizza delivery @ home or have a take-away from chinese food-joint… But going back to home without enjoying wasn’t digestible enough! We decided to go ‘Honest’ restaurant… Reached there, read the menu n I was shocked to hear that everyone had their own fast-food dish to order :P Even I was the one among them…

Had 6 different plates n phewwwwww… Got done eating them within 10-15 mins!!! Went back to home… Had 4 packs of Maggi n enjoyed late night watching TV :P

What an evening it was!!! Voracious Foodies :P

Back to the point… I had this variety of rice in one of the sizzlers we ordered – “Paneer Fried Rice“!!! A combo of paneer n spring onions works great together… Loved making n eating this dish @ home n thought of posting this funny incident along with the easiest recipe :)

paneer stif-fried rice

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Basmati Rice
1 cup Paneer Cubes
A fistful Green Peas
2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
2 tbsp Spring Onion Whites, chopped
1/4 cup Spring Onions Greens, chopped
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Bayleaf
2-3 Cloves
Salt, to taste
1 cup Water

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

  1. Soak basmati rice in water for 3-4 hours. Cook in boiling water with 1/2 tsp of salt until rice is 90% done.
  2. Heat oil in thick-bottomed vessel and add bayleaf, cloves and cumin seeds in it.
  3. Once cumin seeds stop crackling, add ginger-garlic paste and spring onion (whites). Saute them for a while.
  4. Add paneer cubes and stir-fry them till they start getting light golden in color.
  5. Add boiled green peas, rice along with all dry spices. Mix everything well.
  6. Turn off the heat and pour lemon juice. Add spring onion greens too and gently toss once.
  7. Serve Boondi Raita!

paneer fried rice

 SJ’s NOTE:

  • Sometimes I fry paneer cubes and keep them in boiling water for 5 mins before adding!!!

Linking this entry to Cooking with Seeds (Rice) Event n Priya’s Versatile Recipes:

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