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Paneer Makhani Dum Biryani

How can one resist the aroma and flavour of this Paneer Makhani Dum Biryani? A vegetarian delight with paneer cubes doused in a rich creamy gravy, layered with fragrant rice and cooked ‘dum’ style. Tastes heavenly!😋

Featuring Forza Cast-iron casserole that imparts a rich flavour to this biryani recipe🤤

For cooking rice

  • Boiling water as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Whole spices
  • Bay leaf 1 no.
  • Star anise 1 no.
  • Cloves 3-4 nos.
  • Cinnamon stick 1 inch
  • Green cardamom 2 nos.
  • Lemon wedge 1no.
  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Fresh coriander 1 tbsp (chopped)
  • Fresh mint 1 tbsp (chopped)
  • Basmati rice 2 cups (thoroughly washed)


  1. Set water for boiling, add salt, whole spices, lemon wedges, ghee, fresh mint and coriander and basmati rice which is thoroughly washed, mix and cook the rice until its 3/4th done.
  2. Check whether its 3/4th cooked and strain the excess water. Keep the rice aside for later use.

For making paneer makhani

  • Butter 2 tbsp + ghee 1 tsp
  • Jeera (cumin seeds) 1 tsp
  • Onions 1 medium size
  • Tomatoes 4-5 medium size
  • Garlic cloves 6-7 nos.
  • Ginger 1 inch
  • Kashmiri red chillies 3-4 nos.
  • Cashew nuts 8-10 nos.
  • Red chilli powder 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Sugar 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Water 1 cup
  • Curd 2 tbsp
  • Fresh cream 2 tbsp
  • Kasuri methi 1 tsp
  • Fried onions 1/4th cup
  • Paneer 500 gm (cubes)


  1. Set a wok on medium heat, add ghee and butter and add jeera, sauté for few seconds.
  2. Add onions, tomatoes, garlic cloves, ginger, Kashmiri red chillies, cashew nuts, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, sugar, garam masala and salt to taste, mix well and add water, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Take it off from the flame and cool down to room temperature, after its cooled grind into a fine puree.
  4. Transfer the puree in a bowl and add curd, fresh cream, kasuri methi and fried onions and mix well. Add paneer and salt to taste, mix well and keep aside.


  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Rice 3/4th cooked
  • Paneer makhani
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh coriander
  • Fried onions
  • Live charcoal + ghee

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