paneer fried rice recipe, how to make paneer fried rice

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paneer fried rice recipe – a quick nutritious rice dish that goes good in lunch box or as a quick dinner. One of the kids’ favorites and is often made for the school box. I am sharing 2 methods of making this rice. The first one is more suitable for the lunch box. The second method is best served immediately.

method 1- Ingredients to make paneer fried rice

1 cup rice
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup tiny cubes of paneer
3/4 cup chopped veggies (capsicum, carrots, beans, spring onions)
1 tsp vinegar
salt as needed
pepper powder as needed
1 to 2 garlic cloves.

step by step photos on how to make paneer fried rice

1. Cook 1 cup rice till grainy and cool it. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a pan and fry 2 chopped garlic and 1 strand of mace. Mace lends a good aroma to the rice and hence can skip using sauce for this recipe
sauteing garlic mace in oil for paneer fried rice recipe
2. Add 3/4 cup chopped veggies and fry until they are done. I used carrots, beans , spring onions and capsicums. Crunchy veggies taste good, do not over cook.
paneer fried rice recipe 2
3. Add 3/4 cup paneer, handful of spring onion greens and fry until lightly golden. If fried for long they turn rubbery.
addition of spring onions
4. Add 1 tsp vinegar and salt as needed.
addition of vinegar and salt to make paneer fried rice recipe
5. Next cooked rice and 1/8 tsp pepper. I also like to add olive oil at this stage.
adding rice pepper oil
6. Mix all and switch off. Garnish with spring onions.
garnished paneer fried rice recipe is ready

method 2 – spicy paneer fried rice

spicy indian style paneer fried rice2
This is a fusion recipe made similar to the chicken tikka fried rice that i shared earlier. To make this paneer fried rice, paneer is first marinated just like we do for the tikka. Then the tikka is fried and set aside. Then the fried rice is made. This tastes unique and is best when served immediately.

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Paneer fried rice recipe, how to make paneer fried rice
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Paneer fried rice is made using paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese). paneer is marinated and fried on stove top and then added to the fried rice
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 1 cup of uncooked long fragrant rice (any)
  • ¼ cup of thinly sliced peppers / capsicums (red and green)
  • ¼ cup of carrots and Spring onions (separate white and greens)
  • ½ to ¾ tbsp. vinegar (optional)
  • 2 tbsps olive oil (can reduce)
  • 1 tsp oil for frying paneer
  • Marination
  • ½ to ¾ cup of paneer
  • 2 to 3 tbps of yogurt
  • red chili powder as needed
  • salt to taste
  • Jumbo pinch of turmeric
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste (optional)
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  1. Marinate paneer with the marination ingredients and set aside for atleast 15 mins
  2. Soak the rice for 15 to 30 mins and cook in lot of water till it is done. Do not overcook and make the rice mushy. Drain off the water and set this rice aside. if you are using a sticky variety of rice, add few drops of oil to the water while cooking rice
  3. Heat a wide pan with 1 tsp oil, add the paneer along with the marinade and cook on medium high till the paneer turns crisp. This step takes only 3 to 4 mins, try using a wide pan, else the yogurt will take long time to evaporate and paneer could turn hard. set these aside
  4. Add olive oil to the same pan, add carrots and white part of spring onions, sauté till carrots are half done
  5. Add bell peppers and sprinkle some salt and fry till capsicums are almost done
  6. Add fried paneer and green onions, toss everything well.
  7. Add rice, pepper powder and vinegar, mix and fry on high for 2 mins.

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  1. neeraja says

    1.if i make fried rice, my kid says its very dry when she eats it afternoon.Also it is very hard for her to much and swallow. How could we avoid it.
    2. Can we use vinegar regularly, will it not create stomach upset for childrens?

    • swasthi says

      Hi Neeraja,
      There are 3 ways you can prevent the fried rice from becoming dry.
      1. Once i finish making the fried rice, i cover the pan and set aside for 5 minutes. This helps to keep the rice soft.
      2. Another way is to cook rice without draining. If making for kids, it is always preferred not to drain to retain the nutrients in rice.
      3. Do not fry the rice after you add it to the pan. Add the rice switch off the stove. Just mix it.

      If your kid is above 6 years, using vinegar once a week is just fine. Vinegar has health benefits if used in moderation and if overused can damage the lining of the stomach since it is an acidic ingredient. It may also result in ulcers. So you can make it once in a week, try making pulao varieties more.
      Hope this helps

  2. says

    Swasthi, your fried rice looks so yummy! I am not too sure about paneer as I generally don't like cheese except for cheddar cheese. I guess I could leave it out and I bet it will taste as good!