beets and paneer brown rice pulav

This is one of the best ways to have brown rice, as nice aromatic red coloured pulav (pilaf) . None of my friends that I have served this to has guessed that it is made of brown rice. It is popular with kids too.


beets (big)- 2

potato- 1

small green chillies- 3

ginger- 1 small bit

garlic- 1 clove

chopped onion- 1/4 cup

paneer cubes- 1 cup

canola oil- 2 tbsp.

brown basmati rice- 2 cups

salt- 2 tsp.


cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, bay leaf- a little bit of each

turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp.

asafoetida powder- 1/2 tsp.


* Peel the beets and shred them in a food processor


* In a pan, add oil, lightly saute spices.

* Add finely chopped ginger, garlic, onion, chilies, saute for a bit and then add beets, potato, blend well.

* Add washed brown rice, salt to the mixture, mix well.

* Transfer to an electric rice cooker, add enough water to just immerse the rice and vegetable mixture. Turn it on to brown rice setting


*Lightly fry paneer cubes in 1 tbsp. of oil. Add to the rice cooker when rice is half cooked.


* Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!


4 responses to “beets and paneer brown rice pulav

  1. awesome recipe…tried with quinoa instead of brown rice for lunch today…u forgot to add onions in the ingredients list:)


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