Instant Pot Veg Paneer Biriyani recipe

Veg Paneer Biriyani Recipe


There is a long term debate about calling Veg Biriyani as ‘Biriyani’. Non-vegetarians laugh at the term Veg BIRIYANI and gives free suggestion to call it as Pulao!

Well, being vegetarians we know many rice recipes. There is a lot of difference in the preparation of Pulao and Biriyani. Based on the method of cooking we call it Biriyani, that’s it!

After purchasing Instant Pot I tried many Indian recipes such as Stuffed Brinjal/Eggplant curry Recipe, Capsicum Rice Recipe and other variety of dishes. Based on my experience I can conclude that cooking in instant pot is quick, easy and convenient.

I’m fond of Biriyani Rice, especially the masala used in the preparation of Biriyani. That’s why I keep trying different kinds of Biriyani and here I’m going to share Veg Paneer Biriyani Recipe.

I just prepared the rice in Instant pot and then baked it along with the Masala.

There are many ways to prepare Biriyani but the true flavor of Biriyani emerges only in authentic style. This style is usually called ‘Dum Biriyani‘ where the rice is cooked in a sealed pot for a considerable amount of time.

Thus vegetables(meat) and the rice are covered by the masala with nice aromatic taste. Hence the taste is much better compared to other ways of cooking Biriyani.



Basmati Rice: 2 Cups

Cloves: 2-3

Cinnamon leaf: 2-3

Black Pepper: 2-3

Oil to fry Onions

Onions: 3 (Medium Size)

Peas: 1 Cup

For Marination

Paneer: 10-12 cubes

Curd: 2 cups

Biriyani Masala: 2 tablespoon

Salt: 2 tablespoon


Preparation Time: 35 mins (Excluding Marination Time)

Veg Paneer Biriyani Recipe;


  1. Let’s marinate the paneer one hour before the preparation of Biriyani. You can skip this and instantly mix the paneer and cook along with Biriyani. But marination adds extra flavors of masala to Paneer.
  2. Cut Paneer into small cubes, add curd, Chilli powder, Biriyani Masala, Turmeric and onions (optional). Mix well.
  3. Keep this in the fridge for one hour.
  4. Keep the oil on medium heat to fry onions.
  5. While the oil is getting hot, take Basmati rice in a bowl and wash until the water runs clear. Add cloves, Cinnamon leaves, pepper, salt to this rice and keep it in instant pot. Basmati rice takes less water compared to other types of rice hence add water accordingly. I recommend adding 1 cup water for 1 cup of rice.
  6. Rice for Biriyani should be half cooked hence set the instant pot on Pressure cook for 1 minute.
  7. Now cut long slices of onions. Once after frying Onions shrink in size. Hence more onions add more taste to Biriyani.
  8. By this time oil should be hot enough to fry onions. Add cut onion slices into the oil and fry well. Onions will take longer time to fry hence keep turning them in intervals. Once they turn brown take them out and spread on a tissue paper.
  9. Sprinkle salt & garam masala to these fried onions and mix well. In this post, they suggest sprinkling corn flour on onions before frying in oil. This way onions will turn more crispy once after frying them well.
  10. Now the instant pot cooker pressure must have been released (if not release it manually).
  11. Take the Baking tray and evenly spread the rice in a single layer.
  12. Top it with the marinated Paneer mixture. Layer peas and onion.
  13. Add rice layer on top of the paneer mixture and repeat this until all the rice, peas, fried onions & Paneer mixture is spread evenly in layers.
  14. Cover it with silver foil and cook further in the oven for 10-15 minutes with 450°F.
  15. This cooks paneer, peas and the masala will be absorbed by the rice.


Step by step Instant Pot Veg Paneer Biriyani recipe;


  • Cut Onions in long slices and fry them in heated oil until they turn golden brown. Once the onion is fried well take them out and sprinkle salt & Garam Masala.



  • In instant pot, add washed rice, required amount of water, cloves, cinnamon leaf, and pepper. Pressure cook for one minute.



  • Marinate Paneer with Curd, Biriyani Masala, Chilli Powder, Salt & Masala Powder. Mix well and keep in the fridge for one hour.


Veg Paneer Biriyani Recipe


  • Once the rice is cooked spread it evenly on a baking tray. Layer paneer mixture, fried onions & peas.


Veg Paneer Biriyani Recipe


  • Cover with silver foil and keep it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. (Preheat oven for 450°F).



  • Keep some fried onions to add on top of the rice.



  • Serve this Paneer Biriyani along with Raita or Curry.


Veg Paneer Biriyani Recipe



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62 thoughts on “Instant Pot Veg Paneer Biriyani recipe

  1. Woww that touched me and seems tasty as paneer is my all time favorite

    1. Hackytips says:

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  2. aditi says:

    Paneer and rice when cooked together, can do wonders:D
    Yours is an exotic recipe, I’m trying for sure 😍

    1. Hackytips says:

      After all who doesn’t love Paneer right? 😀

  3. alpanadeo says:

    Lately, I have heard so much about Instant Pot. Well,i am yet to try it out. Paneer Biryani sounds yummy and it looks delicious.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah, recently Instant Pot is making some noise.

  4. Archana says:

    Soooo yummy ….Loved your recipe!!!👏👏👏

  5. I never dared to cook biryani,As I always worried about the perfection of temperature and spices, thank you so much for such a detailed recipe and pics

  6. I totally agree that slow cooking takes Biryani to a different plateau. This Paneer Biryani looks awesome

  7. I totally agree that slow cooking takes Biryani to a different plateau. This Paneer Biryani looks awesome.
    #BharatKaZaika #BlogBoosterIndia. @habhitwellness

  8. Pr@Gun says:

    Paneer biryani, sounds interesting, kids surely will love it

  9. Aurora M says:

    That’s seems yummy ! My whole family loves paneer the most. I can try this some day. Thanks a lot for sharing 😊

  10. Cafewhiz says:

    Sounds like a nice recipe… wd def try it

  11. Sweta says:

    Hovseems to be lovely post. I would definitely give it a try being a vegetarian myself.

  12. My husband is a big biriyani lover. Whenever he meets with his childhood gang (of friends), boys cook non-veg biriyani while the wives relax and talk. They almost take 3-4 hours in getting it done. I could never try their biriyani as I am the only one in wife brigade who is vegetarian. However, I have the masala. So I can for sure try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. #vibhuandme

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s really a great get-together 🙂 Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  13. Great one…since it is for vegetarians. They truly miss out on the Biryani. I loved the way you presented each and every step of recipe. Too Good. Keep the good work going.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  14. A great dish to make when in time crunch moments.

  15. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    I had made biryani so many times but never try this with instant pot, loved your receipe and method, will surely try next time 😀 #bharatkazaika

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  16. a wonderful recipe! gonna try it soon!!

    1. Hackytips says:


  17. Swathi says:

    Seems yummy , my family is fond of rice . I will try this recipe

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  18. Sudip Saha says:

    It’s not Veg Biryani….its Pulao. 😀

    1. Hackytips says:

      First 2 paragraphs of this post are for you! 😀

  19. you have given me a very easy solution of making a grand dish in such easy steps and with a guarantee that my kids will definitely love it.. A mother like me couldnt ask for more… Thanks for sharing
    #preetispanorama #BharatKaZaika

    1. Hackytips says:

      Aww… That’s such a sweet comment. Thanks Preeti 🙂

  20. I think trying all foods is important!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  21. Jaana McEntee says:

    Such a delicious recipe, Thank you, yumm 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  22. Addy says:

    Paneer and rice togather can make wonders. What a delicious recipie. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome 🙂

  23. This looks yummy! I would love to try this by swapping tofu for the paneer and making it vegan. Thank you for the idea 💚

    1. Hackytips says:

      Have fun with your experiment 😀

  24. vivirewellness says:

    We love trying different ethnic foods, will try this one soon.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Sure 🙂

  25. Sarah Meh says:

    I have never tried Paneer Veg Biryani. This recipe looks so delicious to try.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Visit any Indian restaurant you can taste a variety of Biriyanis.

  26. This looks really delicious! I don’t have an instantpot yet (crazy I know) but I’m thinking I’m going to have to break down and get one so I can try this

    1. Hackytips says:

      Instant Pot is quite useful.

  27. Janay says:

    This sounds so yummy and healthy I can’t wait to try this! 😋

    1. Hackytips says:


  28. I’ve tried Biriyani before and I liked it a lot. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and it seems like it’s easy to follow. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Ooh naaice.. Vegeterian or non vegeterian?

  29. Streamed TV Fan says:

    This looks delicious. Especially the fried onions. I must try this.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Biriyani without fried onions is lame 😀

  30. myendotalk says:

    I’m not a vegetarian, but this looks delicious. I enjoyed the walk through and visuals!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  31. sn1463 says:

    I LOVE Biriyani but i’ve always been intimidated to try and make it. This instant pot recipe makes it a lot simpler! I can’t wait to try and make this at home instead of ordering out.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Outside food is expensive and when it comes to taste I always prefer homecooked food.

  32. I just love my instant pot and will add this to my recipes to try.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Great! 🙂

  33. Diane says:

    omg!!! This looks so delicious!! I’m going to attempt to make this meal this weekend!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Kind Regards,

    1. Hackytips says:

      Let me know how it turns out.

  34. Ainsley says:

    I love biryani. I know almost 3 types of biryani and i am expert in all of them. I just love my instant pot and will add this to my recipes to try.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s great! 🙂

  35. Supriti says:

    This is amazing…loved the simple recipe of mouth watering biryani..

    1. Hackytips says:

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  36. kalaravi16 says:

    This is a great quick fix recipe, sounds super yummy! Need to find out more on the Instant Pot.

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