Paneer and Vegetable Makhni Dum Biryani

Paneer and vegetable makhni Biryani

This Indian classic Paneer and Vegetable Makhni Dum Biryani, is bursting with royal flavours. It is a treat to eat this scrumptious and exotic Biryani. All the aromatic and sweet spices, rich nuts and fats make the dish gratifyingly regal, as well as tasting exquisite.

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Paneer and vegetable makhni Biryani_Jagruti's Cooking odyssey

Biryani is the ultimate one pot meal, can be described as a 'Kohinoor'! The term 'Biryani' itself has the essence. Biryani can not be made in hurry and surely it can be perfected with lots of practice but is worth every bit of the effort. Long grain fluffy, fragrant rice, flavoured with beautiful and aromatic spice such as saffron is layered with meat or vegetables cooked in rich gravy. Biryani can suit anyone's palate as spicewise, biryani tends to be fairly delicate. In this recipe of mine, Paneer and assorted vegetables are cooked with spices, cream and nut pastes and that is layered with cooked long grained Sella Basmati Rice.

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Sella Basmati Rice is available in most supermarkets as well as any Asian grocery shop.
I like to use Sella for Biryani because this rice doesn't mush up quickly as normal basmati rice does.

Paneer Vegetable Makhni Dum Biryani,
Yield: 6-8 SERVINGS
Author: Hayley Dhanecha


This Indian classic Paneer and Vegetable Makhni Dum Biryani is bursting with royal flavours. It is a treat to eat. All the aromatic and sweet spices, rich nuts and fats make the dish gratifyingly regal, as well as tasting exquisite.
Prep time: 1 HourCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 2 Hour




  1. Soak saffron threads in lukewarm milk and leave it aside
  2. .
  3. Clean, wash and soak rice for at least for an hour in cold water.
  4. Meanwhile, make paneer and vegetable makhani.
  5. In a thick bottom pan or kadai heat oil or ghee.
  6. Add onion paste and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  8. Then add red chilli powder along with all the masala and spice powder and cook for another 2 minutes.
  9. Now add almond and poppy seed paste and salt.
  10. Keep stirring, then add plain yoghurt and keep the heat very low.
  11. Add a couple of tbsp. water.
  12. Meanwhile, apply little oil or ghee on the paneer cubes and grill for 3-4 minutes on both sides.
  13. Add paneer and all the vegetables in the gravy.
  14. Mix gently then add cream and turn the heat off.
  15. Mix well and add kewra water and leave it aside.
  16. Now Prepare rice. 
  17. In a large pan or pot add at least 2 LTR water, lemon juice, salt, ghee and whole spices.
  18. Once the water starts boiling add soaked rice.
  19. Cook the rice until it's 75% done.
  20. Drain the excess water of the rice using a colander.
  21. Grease the heavy bottom pan with the little ghee.
  22. Now spread the 1/2 of paneer and vegetable makhani evenly.
  23. Add the 1/3 of rice on top of the makhani and spread it evenly, sprinkle cashews, sultanas, some fried onions, mint leaves.
  24. Repeat with another layer of the remaining vegetables, the rest of the rice, cashews, raisins, fried onions and mint.
  25. Now pour saffron milk and remaining ghee on rice.
  26. Seal the pan with kitchen foil or pastry and cover with the lid.
  27. On a stove, first, arrange a flat griddle or tawa , this will prevent the rice from sticking at the bottom.
  28. Put biryani pan on the griddle and keep heat high for 5 minutes.
  29. Then reduce the heat totally and cook the biryani for another 15-20 minutes.
  30. Once done, serve this Biryani hot with salad, raita and papad.
  31. Enjoy!


Sella Basmati Rice is available in most supermarkets as well as any Asian grocery shop. I like to use Sella for Biryani because this rice doesn't mush up quickly as normal basmati rice does. In Urdu language, fried onions are known as Birista.



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  1. Taj Mahal Biryani is a wonderful name for this dish. It's also making me very hungry :)

  2. I can imagine all those spices filling up the kitchen.

  3. This Biriyani looks absolutely incredible. I'm awed by the sheer volume of exotic ingredients you've listed. I wish we were closer, because I would totally bring wine and an appetizer if you would make this for me.

    1. I know there are so many ingredients here, but each and every ingredients plays a great part in this dish. Surely, if you ever visit UK, you are welcome to mine, and even wine and appetizer will be mine too :) x

  4. This looks and sounds like a delicious dish. I've never made or had paneer, vegetable makhni dum biryani! But I will have to rectify that!! Wonderful recipe. (And I agree on having a nice meal instead of a new handbag that will go out of fashion) :)

  5. Oh WOW! The flavours in this sound amazing and it looks like each ingredient works together perfectly. Count me in for this one!

    1. You are more than welcome Basement :)

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  7. Nothing says 'celebration' much like Biriyani does! I can't wait to try this brand of Basmati! I always overcook mine....

  8. This is a fantastic recipe! I honestly wouldn't have even thought of putting paneer in biryani! Whenever I think of paneer I associate it with a curry or marinating it to grill. Love that I learned a new way to enjoy this! :)

    1. Thanks Joyce Lee :) Hope you make this.

  9. I don't make enough Indian food in my house! This looks like something my kids would love. All those flavors look delicious!

  10. What a beautiful looking dish! I love paneer and biryani but have never thought to combine the two. How delicious!

  11. I love biriyani and as you say the key to a perfect one is to have rice that cooks as separate grains.The colour is so vibrant.

  12. I love biryanis full of spices and veggies and the added treat is paneer. Cooking with my daughter is always a memorable event, time well spent bonding together in the kitchen.

  13. This sounds delicious. We love curries in this house, it's definitely made me hungry!

  14. This recipe sounds so good....I am loving those plates you found. They really help the rice dish stand out.

  15. This rice just sounds so delicious with all those spices. I can only imagine what your spice cabinet must look like. Mine is pretty full, but yours has to be off the charts!

  16. I love biriyani! I'll be trying this version soon!

  17. Gorgeous photos...this looks so good!!

  18. Very well written recipe. Would love to cook it soon.

  19. What a wonderful combination, Paneer Makhni and Biryani combined into one dish! Flavors must be awesome!

  20. Yum! The photos are so inviting... lovely Jagruti!

  21. I am big fan of biryani. And you gave such royal name to your awesome creation. It looks so delicious, wish I could just dig in 😀

  22. I'm always in for good biriyani..These looks scrumptious..perfectly cooked rice and veggies

  23. I imagine the aroma of this dish is quite amazing! I've never tried paneer biryani but now I feel I must, and soon! :)

  24. Looks delicious and nice photography! My family is crazy about biriyani:) I am also planning to post soon:)

  25. Oh my goodness!! I love biryani and this recipe is a keeper for sure!

  26. Looks so tasty, nice clicks and the name too.

  27. Cooking as a family is always fun. Seems like you had a fun time. Amazing recipe and those props are really great.

  28. Looks rather delicious. I will have save this and try to make.


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