Vegetable and Paneer Biryani
Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – A classic Indian one pot meal that is full of flavors and aromas from whole spices, garam masala and the long grain basmati rice.
Servings Prep Time
6servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
  • 3tbsp gheedivided
  • 1large onionthinly sliced
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 4whole green cardamom
  • 4 cloves
  • 8-10whole black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1cup carrotschopped lengthwise into 1 inch x 1/4 inch strips
  • 1cup green beanschopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1cup white mushroomshalved
  • 1/2cup red pepperchopped into 1 inch x 1/2 inch strips
  • 1/2cup corn
  • 1cup paneercubed into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2tbsp Ginger
  • 1/2tbsp garlic
  • 1/4tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp red chili powder
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 3tsp salt divided
  • 1/2cup fresh mintchopped
  • 2cups long-grain basmati rice
  • 1/2cup cilantrochopped
  1. Rinse and soak the Rice in 2 cups of water for 20 mins.
  2. Set Instant Pot to Saute(More) mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays, add 1 tbsp ghee and sliced onions. Cook for 5-7 mins until the onions are lightly caramelized.
  3. Take half of the onions out and reserve for garnish.
  4. Add remaining ghee, cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, bay leaves. Cook for 30 seconds. Add all the veggies (carrots, green beans, mushrooms, red pepper, corn, paneer). Add ginger , garlic, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala and 1 tsp of salt. Mix well. Add mint, rice (drain most of the water before adding) and 2 tsp salt. Add 2 cups of water. Mix well, making sure most of the rice is under water.
  5. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual (Hi) for 6 mins. Quick release. Open IP. Garnish with caramelized onions and cilantro.
  6. Enjoy hot with Raita!
  7. You can make this recipe Vegan by using coconut oil instead of ghee and extra firm tofu instead of paneer
Recipe Notes

Remember to deglaze the pot after adding the rice and water to remove any browned bits in the pot from sautéing the onions. This will help the Instant Pot come to pressure and also prevent the biryani from burning.