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Moti Pulao | How to make Fried Paneer Balls Pulao

Moti Pulao is simple ghee rice decked with deep fried paneer balls and is offered as prasad during festivals. The simple rice dish makes an excellent feast for a party as well.
Course Dinner, Main Dish - Rice
Cuisine North Indian
Keyword Ghee Rice
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Festival Meal
By Diet Kid Friendly
Dish Type Paneer Dishes
Author Srivalli


For the Moti/Fried Paneer Balls

  • 1 cup Paneer
  • 2 tbsp Cashew Nuts powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • Ghee for frying
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Corn Flour

For the Rice

  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 nos Cardamom
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Few Strands Saffron
  • 1 Mace
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Marathi Mogga
  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Milk

For Garnish

  • 5 to 6 Cashews Nuts
  • 5 to 6 Almond


Making the Moti/ Fried Paneer Balls

  • Grate/mash the Paneer.
  • Add cashew nut powder, corn flour, cumin powder, pepper powder, and salt. Mix properly and make into small balls.
  • Deep fry in medium hot ghee till light golden brown.

Making the Rice

  • Wash and Soak the rice for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Heat ghee in a nonstick pan. Roast the nuts and keep it aside.
  • Next, add all the whole spices and saute for a few minutes.
  • Once it starts to crackle, add the soaked rice. Mix it lightly and then add water and salt.
  • Soak the saffron in warm in milk. When the rice is almost done, sprinkle the saffron on top and cook till it's done.
  • When the rice is done, arrange the fried paneer balls and roasted nuts on top and offer as prasad.
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