How to make Paneer Pepper and Rice Bake -

A mixture of cottage cheese, processed cheese and herbs stuffed into three coloured capsicum roundels and baked.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर), Red capsicum (लाल शिमला मिर्च )

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Paneer Pepper and Rice Bake checkout Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Manchurian, Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta Curry . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Kali Meeri Nimbuwale Aloo Malai Makai Palak Vala Che Bhirde Matar Mushroom Bharta

Paneer Pepper and Rice Bake

Paneer Pepper and Rice Bake Recipe Card


English: Cottage Cheese
A favourite with the vegetarians, paneer made from milk is quite common, especially paneer recipes are quite popular in the Indian subcontinent. You can make it fresh, chhena – an another version or just use the ones that are readily available in the market to prepare everything from simple snacks, curries, sabzis, mithais, desserts and the likes. An ingredient that can be relished in the raw form too – try serving it as a starter just sprinkled with a little chaat masala, black salt and chilli powder!

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Paneer Pepper and Rice Bake Recipe

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) grated ¾ cup

  • Red capsicum 1 large

  • Green capsicum 1 large

  • Yellow capsicum 1 large

  • Cooked rice 3 cups

  • Fresh parsley sprigs 2-3

  • Fresh basil leaves 6-7

  • Thyme sprigs 2-3

  • Oil 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli flakes ½ teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Processed cheese grated, 1 tablespoon + For topping


Step 1

Preheat oven at 180ºC. Line a baking tray with silicon sheet.

Step 2

Chop parsley and basil. Separate leaves from the thyme sprigs.

Step 3

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add red chilli flakes, chopped herbs and thyme leaves, rice, salt and crushed peppercorns and toss to mix.

Step 4

Add cottage cheese and switch off heat. Add 1 tablespoon grated processed cheese and mix well. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Step 5

Trim the base of all three capsicum, cut into thick slices and remove seeds. Place these slices on the tray. Stuff them with prepared rice mixture and press lightly. Top with generous amount of grated cheese.

Step 6

Put tray in preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or till the cheese melts.

Step 7

Serve hot.

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