Paneer Fried Rice

By DK on Jan 17, 2012
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An Indo Chinese cuisineis to an Indian what an icecream or a chocolate is to a kid. ... Or something close. We love this beautiful fusion that may not have much to do with typical Chinese food, but draws the inspiration from, to create this nation wide favorite.  Needless to say, (especially since I already spoke in length about it here), my world was almost shattered when I tasted the typical Chinese food here for the first time. Of course, with years and mind better equipped, I have come to love the authentic (vegetarian) Chinese cuisine a lot more, enough for it to become a common affair in our home.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
There is an occasional demand for the comforting Indo Chinese  of course, which I tend to do more often now, thanks to two reasons. Leftover rice and the fact that Indo Chinese mostly is fast and easy to make. This is a one pot dish, hence easy to clean afterwards.Regular readers of this site know of my undying passion for paneer. So naturally Paneer Fried Rice is a given at our table. I personally think, this was developed by the vegetarians who substituted it for Chicken in the recipe. I am not complaining. :) Its easy to put in your own touches and spin off variations in this recipe.  Serve this  with vegetable manchurian or with green beans with garlic. Or enjoy just as it is. Its wholesome. Its colorful. Most importantly, its very appetizing for the minimal effort put in.
References
Recipe from my kitchen notes
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked Basmati Rice (see Note)
  • 1-1/2 cups (about 200 gms) Paneer, cubed
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 Bell Pepper,julienned
  • 1 Celery, thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 3 Spring Onions, sliced - whites and greens separated
  • 1 Carrot,julienned
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter (see Note)
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce/Tamari (see Note)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (see Note)
  • Few Sprigs Cilantro to garnish
Tips
1. Basmati Rice: Leftover cooked rice works best for fried rice recipes. If that is not an option, then make sure your freshly cooked rice is cold/not hot. Cook with little water so that the grains are not mushy.
2. Soy Sauce: The amount of soy sauce will vary depending upon the brand, quality and your taste preference. So use accordingly. If you are not sure, add 1 tsp, do a taste test and then add more if required.
3. Butter: The butter is optional and is added to give this rice the richness. You can use regular oil instead.
4. Salt: Soy sauce is very salty and mostly you might not need additional salt. If you think you need more, start with a pinch and then adjust accordingly.
5. Red Chile Peppers: Since we don't consume "Hot" foods, I haven't added any spice to this. But you can add hot sauce/ sliced green chillies/ or even chilli oil to add heat to this dish.
6.Vinegar: For some unknown reason I have never added Vinegar to this particular rice. But for those, do add 1-2 tsp (or as per taste) before adding in the rice
Method
1
Though this is optional, I tend to do this with store bought paneer. I cube them, place them in a bowl and pour some boiling water on top - enough to cover the paneer. I let it sit for about 30 seconds or so and drain the water. I do this 'cos I find that not only does it make the paneer soft but it also gets rid of impurities, if any. Don't soak for long otherwise the paneer will get mushy.
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2
Make sure to keep all the chopped Vegetables and sauce nearby. From here on, since the cooking is on high heat, everything needs to go in quick. Delay will cause the food to burn. Heat a wok medium - high heat and when hot, add butter and oil. Drop the paneer and saute it for 1 min or so.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
3
Stir it occasionally until you see it browned/golden. It enough even if its only one side.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
4
Increase the heat to little less than high and drop the onion along with the paneer.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
5
Keep stirring for 10-15 seconds and then add the carrots, bell pepper, celery and onion whites.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
6
Stir until you find the vegetables softening lightly. The vegetables should still be crisp. Next add the soy sauce and keep stirring until the sauce is well combined.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
7
Next add the rice.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
8
Stir to combine. Taste to see if it needs salt and adjust accordingly. Add pepper.
Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
Remove from heat, sprinkle with spring onion greens and cilantro. Simple and easy Indo Chinese fare ready for lunch or dinner Easy Fried Rice with Paneer Recipe | Paneer Recipes
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13 Responses to “Paneer Fried Rice”
  1. sangeetha shenoy

    instead of wok can v use normal kadai?

    Oh yes. –DK

  2. Sanjay

    Very interesting, informative Website with lots of delicious receipees. And above all, the presentation is really very impressive..
    I am an ISKCON devotee and we do not take onion/garlic in our food. Can you also make a separate section on your website for Jain-Food (without onion/garlic). It will be great for a lot of your visitors.

  3. Being a fried rice fan, I simply must try this recipe. Let’s see if it beats my all-time favorite, Indonesian Nasi Goreng. Will let you know

  4. k.rafina

    ajinomoto and vinegar is not needed for this fried rice??

    I am not comfortable using MSG in my food. But you can def. use vinegar. I usually do in my chinese recipes but for some reason I have never added it to this particular rice. But do add in some, when you make it

  5. swa

    any substitute for sesame oil

    Use regular vegetable oil.

  6. naaz

    yeah i tried out this mouthwatering recipe, it turned out gr8 !! :-P

  7. Seriously who will say no to this super tempting rice.

  8. Looks delicious. never tried adding paneer. must try once. it make the rice more healthy :)

  9. Prajakta

    It’s easy and wonderful and instead of Paneer I used Tofu and it turned out well!!!

  10. kiran singh

    paneer rice is my favourite dish.Its really very delicious dish i love it. :)

  11. Siri

    Good one.. I too add chilli sauce and vinegar to this..

  12. Delicious rice. love the addition of paneer. I also add some chilli sauce to this. Yummo :)

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