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No-Onion No-Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao

No Onion No Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao is a easy and nutritious recipe with Paneer and Bell Peppers,flavoured with Kadhai Masala. A quick and delicious option for lunchbox or busy weekday dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Lunchbox Ideas, Fasting Food, Gluten-free,Vegan, Fried Food, Insian Cottage Chesse recpes, Paneer, Rice Recipe, Vegetarian Pulao recipe
Servings: 4
Author: Swati


  • 2 Cup Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese Cubes
  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Bell Peppers
  • 2 (Medium)
  • Ginger piece(small about 1/2")
  • 1 Cup Tomato Puree
  • 1-2 Green Chillies(optional)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Cream
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Kadhai Masala
  • 1-2 Whole Red Chillies
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick( Small)


  • Wash rice 2-3 times and soak for 15-20 minutes. Puree tomatoes ginger and green chilli and keep for later use.
  • In pan take enough water around 6-7 cups, add whole spices and few drops of oil. Add rice once the water starts boiling.
  • Cook rice till almost done. Drain rice. Rice should not be mushy. Keep aside. You can take it out in a flat dish so that the rice grains do not stick together.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add oil when it is hot, add paneer and bell peppers and give a quick stir. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Take out the paneer pieces and bell peppers, keep aside. Do not over fry, as paneer can gets hard and bell peppers turn mushy.
  • In the same pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaf and whole red chillies(optional) and add tomato puree cook for 2-3 minutes, add the powdered spices, salt  and kadhai masala.
  • Add rice and mix with light hands, taking care not to break the rice grains,
  • Cover the lid and keep on low flame for 5 minutes.
  • Once, done fluff lightly with fork and serve hot.


You can use homemade Kadhai Paneer Masala or store-bought. For homemade Kadhai Masala, click here. 
For Vegan version, skip Paneer, add Tofu or Mushrooms as per your choice.