Achaari Paneer Biryani in Instant Pot

Achaari Paneer Biryani- combining two popular dishes, Achaari Paneer and Biryani in one pot by Spice Cravings. Achaari paneer biryani combines paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), cooked with pickling spices, with biryani, which is rice cooked with Indian spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

This dish brings together the best of both worlds- Achaari Paneer and Biryani.  Achaari paneer is a popular Indian vegetarian dish where paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), are cooked with pickling spices (achaar), giving the dish a subtle pickle-like zing.  Biryani, on the other hand, is flavorful rice cooked with spiced meat or vegetables.  In this dish, I merged these two favorites and created Achaari Paneer Biryani!

This dish is milder than your average vegetable biryani.  If you want to bump up the spice level, increase the garam masala and by another teaspoon.  This quick and easy, super delicious meal has become one of our weeknight staples!   Add more vegetables to it, like carrots, beans, potato, and you have yourself a delicious Vegetable & Paneer Biryani!

There are many theories about the origin of ‘Biryani’.  The most popular theory is that biryani originated in Persia and was brought to India by the Mughals.  As per this this theory, Biryani is an Indian adaptation of the Persian Pilaf.   Most people in northern India typically make biryani with basmati (long grain) rice, but you can make it with any rice you prefer.

In the video, I made this Biryani in my 3 Qt Instant Pot, but it can be made in any pressure cooker, or on the stove-top too as per the recipe notes below.

Homemade Garam Masala:

In this recipe, I use the popular Indian spice-blend, called garam masala, for flavoring the biryani.  I like to make my own garam masala blend.  It takes under 15 minutes to make enough to last me a month, and the end results are so worth the effort.  If you have the time to make yours at home too, try this easy recipe for Homemade Garam Masala.

Garam Masala Recipe, Indian spice mix
Homemade Garam Masala Recipe

Serving Suggestions

We enjoy pairing this achaari paneer biryani with cucumber raita (yoghurt dip), or with a quick onion relish.   You can make the onion relish by mixing together sliced onions, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and cayenne!

Cucumber Yoghurt Dip / Cucumber Raita
Cucumber Raita

Biryani pairs very well with a classic Indian Sweet and Spicy Lemon Pickle:

Sweet 'n' Spicy Lemon Pickle | Nimbu ka achaar by Spice Cravings. Sweet-n-Spicy-lemon pickle, or 'Nimbu ka Achaar' is a super popular condiment in India. This quick & easy version takes 30 minutes using the Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Sweet and Spicy Lemon Pickle

Try my other Biryanis

Here are some of the other biryanis on my blog:

Instant pot Lamb dum Biryani / pressure cooker Lamb Biryani by Spice Cravings. Lamb Dum Biryani is a meat and rice dish where meat marinated in bold Indian spices is cooked with fragrant Basmati rice and aromatics like onions & herbs. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #Instant pot Lamb dum Biryani / pressure cooker Lamb Biryani by Spice Cravings. Lamb Dum Biryani is a meat and rice dish where meat marinated in bold Indian spices is cooked with fragrant Basmati rice and aromatics like onions & herbs. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #curry
Lamb Dum Biryani

Chana Masala Biryani
Chana Masala Biryani

Quionoa vegetable biryani. A healthy twist to your everyday vegetarian biryani by Spice Cravings. Quinoa Vegetable Biryani/Pilaf is my healthy twist on a popular Indian classic, Vegetable Biryani! I replace rice with Quinoa in this recipe. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Quinoa Vegetable Biryani

Chicken Biryani in Instant Pot
Chicken Biryani

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Achaari Paneer Biryani- combining two popular dishes, Achaari Paneer and Biryani in one pot by Spice Cravings. Achaari paneer biryani combines paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), cooked with pickling spices, with biryani, which is rice cooked with Indian spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Achaari Paneer Biryani in Instant Pot

Achaari paneer is a popular Indian vegetarian dish where paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), are cooked with pickling spices (achaar), giving the dish a subtle pickle-like zing.  Biryani, on the other hand, is flavorful rice cooked with spiced meat or vegetables.  In this dish, I merged these two favorites and created Achaari Paneer Biryani!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Spice Cravings

Ingredients

INSTANT ONION PICKLE: (Optional)

Instructions

  • Prep: Slice onion and bell pepper, cube paneer and keep aside. Rinse rice and soak in warm water for 20 minutes.
  • Turn on Instant pot on SAUTE. When hot, add oil. Add panch phoran seeds and sauté for 30 seconds. Next, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for another 30 seconds. Add chopped tomatoes followed by all dry spices and stir.  Then, add onion, bell pepper and vinegar. Stir and sauté for 1 minute. Add drained rice, paneer, water and stir well. Close lid. Vent set to SEALING. Cook on MANUAL for 6 minutes.
  • Open lid after natural pressure release (NPR), fluff rice gently with a fork. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.

Instant Onion Pickle

  • Mix together all ingredients under "Instant Onion Pickle".  Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Ready to serve!

Stove top recipe

  • In a deep sauce pan or a wide skillet, follow all instructions. Add 1.5 cups water and cook covered for 8 minutes on medium heat.

Video

Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
 
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7.7% | Vitamin C: 37% | Calcium: 37.3% | Iron: 6.3%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
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