Paneer, peas and basil dalia pulao


Writing down yet another dalia (broken wheat) recipe that I need to make sure that I don’t forget

Paneer, peas and basil dalia pulao


2-3 persons

You Will Need:

  • Dalia/Broken-Wheat – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2-3 teaspoons
  • Small sized paneer cubes – 1 cup
  • Peas – 1/2 cup
  • Basil leaves – 2-3
  • Bengali Panchphoron – 1/2 teaspoon (Instead of 5, I use a 4 spice mix – fennel, cumin, fenugreek and onion seeds)
  • Ginger – 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped
  • Green chilli – 1 or 2 as per taste
  • Turmeric – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon (only for the nice smell)
  • Salt – As per taste
  • Water – As per requirement (would vary depending upon pan and pressure cooker. For pressure cooker, make sure you have about 3/4 inch of water standing over the dalia)


  • Wash and soak the dalia in water for about 10 mins.
  • In a hot pressure cooker (or similar utensil) add the oil. Next, add in the ginger and panchphoron.
  • Add in the paneer and let them brown around the edges.  The turmeric and peas go in next.
  • Add the dalia and toss it along with the rest of the things already frying in there.
  • Pour in appropriate amount of water, basil leaves, salt, green chilli(es) and let it cook till done.
  • Top with some ghee before serving.



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