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
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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: stir-fry, tofu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Spice Cravings




  • 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.



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Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 30.5mg | Calcium: 373mg | Iron: 1.1mg