Paneer Biryani - One pot instant pot indian meal

PaneerBiyani_Instant pot

I love paneer tikka, the first time I ever tasted paneer biriyani recipe was at a restaurant called Chennai grill. I loved it every bit. I liked to bite through the green chilli pieces and marinated paneer.

I had to try and make it at home. Here is my take on making this awesome flavourful one pot biryani in a shot. After making quite a few times here is my take on this recipe.



  • Paneer - 250 gms
  • Thick yogurt - 1 cup + 1/2 cup
  • Salt
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • green chilli - 2***
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 small lemon
  • Oil / Ghee - 1 tbsp


  • Ghee - 2 tbsp***
  • Onion - 1/2 cup***
  • Whole spices - CInnamon stick, Anistar, cloves, Cumin Seeds, Fennel Seeds
  • Capsicum - 1/2 cup
  • tomato - 1 small diced
  • Marinated paneer
  • Chopped coriander and mint leaves
  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups
  • Fried / caramelized Onion - 1/2 cup


Whisk yogurt and add in all the spices mentioned above. Marinate paneer pieces for 20 minutes. 

Turn IP - saute mode, add ghee and whole spices.. To that saute onion. When it turns translucent add capsicum and tomatoes. To that layer marinated paneer, rice and yogurt. Add 2 cups water and top it with chopped cilantro and mint leaves. Finally add in caramelized onion or fried onions.


Pressure naturally released, Create steam pockets and wait for 5 mins to Dig in.

Instant pot biryani


  1. I divided the hotness with red chilli powder and green chilli
  2. I separated 3/4 th of the yogurt for less spicy version. For more spicy version include all of the yogurt and more spices.
  3. I have used store bought fried onions. When using fresh onions, caramelize onions with little ghee and salt
  4. Layer paneer separately and make sure not to overcrowd paneer pieces in each area.
  5. Make sure to grease the bottom of the pan well with ghee or oil to avoid burns.

Enjoy and Happy cooking