Vegetable biriyani with paneer

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as a main
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr

Appears in
Lands of the Curry Leaf

By Peter Kuruvita

Published 2018

  • About

When our Bangladeshi kitchen hands would make staff lunches in the restaurant, it was usually a version of this — a wholesome dish with tons of flavour. The paneer is so easy to prepare, you will wonder why you haven’t made it before, once you do.


  • 300 g (10½ oz/ cups) long-grain white or brown basmati rice


Soak the rice in plenty of cold water for 20 minutes.

Drain the rice and place in a deep non-stick saucepan, along with the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, clove and cardamom pods. Add a pinch of salt and pour in 1.125 litres (40