How to make Moti Pulao -

A delicious recipe with cashewnuts and paneer added to the rice.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Basmati Rice (बासमती चावल), Cottage Cheese

Cuisine : Uttar Pradesh

Course : Rice

Moti Pulao

Moti Pulao Recipe Card


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Moti Pulao Recipe

  • Basmati Rice 2 cups

  • Cottage Cheese 50 grams

  • Cashewnut powder 2 tablespoons

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to deep fry

  • Silver warq 2 sheets

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Cloves 6-8

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Cinnamon 2 one-inch

  • Green cardamoms 6-8

  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands

  • Milk 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Pick, clean, wash and soak rice in four cups of water for about half an hour. Drain and keep aside. Grate/mash paneer. Add cashewnut powder, cornstarch and salt. Knead into a smooth dough and roll into small balls.

Step 2

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry on medium heat till light golden brown. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside. Cover these balls with silver warq. Heat ghee in a kadai. Add cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and green cardamoms.

Step 3

Once they start to crackle, add rice. Stir gently, add four cups hot water and salt to taste. Cover and cook till rice is done. Crush saffron in a warm milk. Add this to the rice to give it flavour and colour. Serve rice in a platter garnished with the fried paneer balls.

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