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Paneer Kofta Biryani

Paneer Kofta Biryani is an easy biryani prepared with paneer koftas and other basic spices. This paneer kofta biryani is a favourite lunch for my son for his lunch box. I prepared the koftas with homemade paneer, besan flour and other seasonings and then formed into koftas. The koftas are deep fried in oil and then we have to add it in the rice in the final step. If you are looking for an easy biryani for a family party, this paneer kofta biryani suits perfectly. There is not much chopping work, plus the koftas attracts your guests.

This recipe works well with basmati rice and jeera samba. I cooked this rice in a wide kadai. Recently, I found that briyani tastes good when cooked in a kadai closed with a lid when compared to the pressure cooking method. I have added the regular spices, ginger garlic paste and other basic ingredients for the biryani. In this biryani, I have added a few strands of saffron, which adds a beautiful colour and flavour for the rice. Serve this Paneer kofta b…
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