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Varun Inamdar's Paneer Dum Biryani

May 26, 2022 16:54 IST

Chef Varun Inamdar's simple, fragrant one-pot Paneer Dum Biryani makes for a vibrant midweek meal.

Dig into it with raita, kachumber and a dab of mango pickle.

Photograph: Kind courtesy California Walnuts

Paneer Dum Biryani

Serves: 2-3


Dry spice mix

For the garnish

To serve


Note: A dash of ghee might be a tasty addition and a sprinkling of fried onions or birasta.

Vegans or those on a low-cal diet can swap the 1 cup paneer with 1 cup cauliflower florets. Also vegans should use vegan yoghurt, made by several brands in India.

Those on a diabetic diet, should substitute the rice with quinoa or pearl barley or millets.

If following a Jain diet, skip the onions.

Varun Inamdar is a chef, food stylist and chocolatier.

Chef Varun Inamdar