How to make Chanar Pulao -

Pulao flavoured with fried cottage cheese cubes and crisply fried onions.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Paneer (पनीर), Basmati Rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Rice

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Chanar Pulao

Chanar Pulao Recipe Card


The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chanar Pulao Recipe

  • Paneer 1/2 inch cubes 100 grams

  • Basmati Rice 1 1/2 cups

  • Sugar 2 teaspoon

  • Ghee 4 tablespoons

  • Onion sliced thinly 1 large

  • Bay leaf 1

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Cloves 4-5

  • Green cardamoms 2-3

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Soak rice in four cups of water for half an hour. Drain, allow to dry and mix with sugar and one tablespoon of ghee.

Step 2

Heat remaining ghee and fry the cottage cheese till lightly golden, drain and keep aside. In the same ghee fry onion till crisp and golden in colour. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep it aside.

Step 3

Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and green cardamoms in the same pan and sauté for a minute. Add rice and fry, stirring for two-three minutes.

Step 4

Add three cups of hot water and salt to taste. Once the water comes to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook. When the water is almost absorbed add fried cottage cheese cubes and cook further till the rice is done and dry. Before serving, sprinkle crisply fried onion on top.

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