Paneer fried rice is a quick and easy vegetarian Indo-Chinese recipe. It's loaded with a lot of vegetables and sauteed paneer cubes. The dish gets ready in less than 30 minutes and is a great way to use leftover rice.
Quick, easy, and delicious- fried rice is my favorite dish to make on busy days. Plus, there are so many different ways to make this simple dish that you never get bored of it.
Also, it's a great way to use leftover rice and vegetables.
Today, I am sharing one of my favorite fried rice recipes- Paneer fried rice. It's a vegetarian Indo-Chinese style fried rice recipe that's very popular in India.
What goes in paneer fried rice?
To saute paneer cubes, the following ingredients are needed:
Other ingredients needed for making paneer fried rice are shown below:
Ingredient notes and substitute suggestions
- Paneer: Paneer is Indian cottage cheese that you can buy from the dairy or frozen food aisle of a grocery store. If you can make Paneer at home, that's the best option.
- Vegetables: I have used green peas, French beans, carrots, bell pepper, and sweet corn. These vegetables taste the best in fried rice. You can also use cauliflower, broccoli, or mushrooms.
- Cooked rice: Use leftover rice that's cooked at least 4-5 hours before making fried rice. A variety of rice with medium-sized grains is the best. Try using a less starchy variety of rice.
How to make(step-by-step instructions)?
Step 1: Put paneer cubes into a bowl. Add grated ginger, minced garlic, salt, pepper, red chili powder, garam masala, and lime juice. Gently mix everything.
Step 2: Saute paneer cubes in some oil for 3-4 minutes. Take out in a bowl and keep aside.
Step 3: In the same pot, heat some vegetable oil. Add finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chilies, and the white part of spring onion. Saute for a minute.
Step 4: Add chopped onion and saute until it turns translucent.
Step 5: Add all the chopped vegetables. Saute on high flame for 5-6 minutes. The vegetables should get cooked but stay crunchy.
Step 6: Add salt, black pepper, soy sauce, red chili sauce, and vinegar. Mix everything and cook for about a minute.
Step 7: Add cooked rice and chopped spring onion greens. Saute on a high flame for 3-4 minutes.
Step 8: Finally, add sauteed paneer cubes and mix. Garnish with more chopped spring onion greens.
Your easy vegetarian Paneer fried rice is ready to be served.
How to store?
To store, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days.
Can you freeze paneer fried rice?
Yes, it can be frozen for 2-3 months in freezer-safe containers or zip-lock bags.
However, the paneer may turn slightly rubbery so it's better to freeze the dish without paneer. When you want to serve the dish, saute some marinated paneer cubes and add them to the fried rice once it's reheated.
To reheat, either microwave for a few minutes or transfer to a pan, add a few tablespoons of water and reheat on the stove top stirring every few minutes.
If the fried rice is frozen, thaw it first before following the steps above.
Recipe tips and tricks
- Never use freshly cooked rice to make any fried rice. They break very easily on stirring. The rice should be cooked at least 4-5 hours in advance.
- For best results, refrigerate cooked rice for at least an hour before using it in the recipe.
- Vegans make replace paneer with tofu or mushrooms.
- Use a large wok for making any fried rice, it makes stir-frying easy by giving enough space.
- Always stir fry on a high flame. It keeps the vegetables crunchy and gives a nice smoky flavor to the dish.
- Don't add salt until the vegetables get cooked otherwise they will start releasing water and won't remain crunchy.
- As stir-frying is done on a high flame, keep all the ingredients ready and near the stove.
- Drizzle some toasted sesame oil on top when the dish is ready. It will give the fried rice a nice nutty flavor.
- If you prefer spicier food, add some chili oil.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can use frozen vegetables if you are in a hurry. However, fresh vegetables remain more crunchy.
Use a less starchy medium-sized grain of rice. I prefer using jasmine rice to make fried rice.
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Paneer fried rice
- 1 large wok or skillet
Ingredients for sauteeing paneer
- 1.5 cups paneer cubes
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- ⅛ teaspoon garam masala
- Salt to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- ½ tablespoon vegetable oil/ any cooking oil of choice
Other ingredients needed
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 3 cups chopped vegetables French beans, carrot, bell pepper, green peas, and sweet corn kernels
- 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger
- 1-2 green chilies finely chopped
- 2-3 stalks of spring onion chop and keep white and green part separated
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon red chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- Salt to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Put paneer cubes into a bowl. Add ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, red chili powder, garam masala, and lime juice. Gently mix everything.
- Heat oil in a cooking pot with a flat base. Add paneer cubes and saute for 3-4 minutes on a medium flame. Take out in a bowl and keep aside.
- In the same pot, heat around 1.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chilies, and white part of spring onion. Saute for a minute.
- Add chopped onion and cook until the onion turns translucent.
- Add all the vegetables and saute on high flame for 5-6 minutes. The vegetables should get cooked but stay crunchy.
- Add salt, black pepper, soy sauce, red chili sauce, and vinegar. Mix everything and cook for about a minute.
- Next, add cooked rice and chopped spring onion greens. Saute on high flame for 3-4 minutes or until everything gets mixed nicely.
- Finally, add sauteed paneer cubes and mix.
- Garnish with chopped spring onion greens.
- For making any fried rice, always use rice that has been cooked at least 4-5 hours in advance, preferably refrigerated too for a few hours. Never use freshly cooked rice otherwise it will turn mushy.
- Stir fry vegetables and rice on high flame.
- Don't add salt until the vegetables are cooked otherwise they will start releasing water and won't remain crunchy.
- Feel free to add other vegetables of your choice like broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms, etc.
- Vegans may make this dish with firm tofu.
- More recipe tips and tricks are given in the post above. Please follow them to make this recipe.