Saturday, February 3, 2018

Paneer Fried Rice | Indian Cottage Cheese Fried Rice | Indo Chinese Rice Recipe

Paneer Fried Rice, a quick indo chinese rice recipe made from the Indian cottage cheese. I have tasted paneer fried rice at restaurants a couple of  times and I really liked the mild flavor of rice. As I had already mentioned in my paneer paratha recipe, I hardly cook paneer recipe at home. But last week, after prepared the paneer paratha, I left with some paneer, so without much thinking, I prepared this paneer fried rice on that weekend along with some chili gobi. The combination was so good and we really had a hearty meal on that day.
For this recipe, I have used my fried rice recipe as reference and prepared it without much changes. And also I haven't tossed the paneer in the oil before adding it into the rice. But if you like, toast the paneer(i do sometimes) slightly in the oil until it becomes golden brown and then add it to the rice.  To make delicious fried rice, there are 2 things you have to make sure to get it right, first thing is the rice, it should be properly cooked without mushy and the second thing is the soy sauce, so use good quality one, because  that's the main flavoring agent in the rice.

Paneer Fried Rice

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Rice | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Paneer Fried Rice, Indian Cottage Cheese, Indo Chinese recipe,Indo chinese rice Paneer Fried Rice, a quick indo chinese rice recipe made from the Indian cottage cheese.
Cooked Basmati Rice - 3 cups
Paneer - 1 cup
*Mixed Veggies - 3/4 cup(capsicum,cabbage,carrot)
Garlic - 2 tsp(finely minced)
Green onions - 3
Sesame Oil - 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
Soy Sauce - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste 
* In addition to the above mentioned veggies, you can add mushroom, broccoli also

First cook the basmati rice and let it cool completely. In the mean time,chop all the veggies(capsicum,cabbage & carrot) into small pieces ,finely minced the garlic & then chop the white part of the green onions and keep it ready.Cut the paneer into small cubes and soak it in hot water along with little salt until use.Heat the kadai with oil and then add the garlic.Saute the garlic till it becomes fragrant and then add the onions & carrot and saute it for 2 mins.Then add cabbage & capsicum and required salt for the veggie and saute till all the veggies are done. Keep the flame in high and then add soy sauce into the veggies. Drain the paneer from hot water and add into the kadai, give a good mix.Now add the cooked rice  and pepper powder. Gently give a good stir until all mix together. Finally add the finely chopped green parts of  green onions. Switch off the flame.Tasty & restaurant style Paneer Fried Rice is ready.
For more rice recipes, check out my rice recipe collection. Below picture is updated recently and the color of the rice greatly depends on the soy sauce color. Using light soy sauce for that bright white color. 

  • I have already added salt while cooking the rice, so while sauteing, just added salt for the veggies alone.
  • Saute the veggies in high flame to get that smoky flavor.
  • Soaking the paneer in the hot water gives soft paneer
  • Adjust the soy sauce as per your liking .The amount i mentioned here gives mild flavor of soy sauce.
  • Make sure to use good quality soy sauce which is the main flavor in the rice.
  • Use Sesame oil for great flavor. 
  • The veggies should be crunchy, so don't cook till it becomes soft.
  • I personally don't like the crunchy beans, so i skip it,but if you like, add some.
  • Don't overcook the paneer, then it becomes rubbery.
  • Serve hot, it tastes best when it's hot.


  1. The first time I had Paneer fried rice in a hospital canteen , I was amazed with that preparation , this rice reminds me of it . Beautifully made paneer fried rice .

  2. My kid's favourite, paneer fried rice looks super colourful. Those prefectly cooked rice looks fabulous.

  3. The Paneer Fried Rice looks amazing. I love it and often prepare this for kids..

  4. You've cooked the rice so perfectly with each grain separate. Paneer fried rice sounds delicious.

  5. Wonderful preparation. I make this kind of fried rice with tofu. Never tried paneer and soy sauce.

  6. This paneer rice looking very tempting and tasteful. Perfectly cooked rice, full of vegges and paneer, a wholesome meal.

  7. The paneer fried rice looks so perfect! I love that you used cooked basmati rice. I end up messing the texture of the rice when I cook it after sauteing the vegetables with the rice. I agree on soaking the paneer in hot water.

    1. Yeah, i too messed up cooking basmati rice along with veggies a lot, so nowadays always prefer to cook the rice ahead separately

  8. I can have paneer and rice anytime in the day. Love the combination.

  9. These colorful paneer fried rice look amazing. Paneer will certainly add charm to all time favorite fried rice

  10. The rice is so full of veggies and my favorite, paneer. The separate grains of rice makes it very tempting.