Paneer Pepper Garlic Rice

This recipe is really healthy and has very subtle flavors. It can be had with any Indian gravy or on its own as well. Freshly ground black pepper gives this rice a really nice punch. If you like, you can add more spices and veggies to it. Adding curd to the rice gives it a very mild flavor.

This is what you will need:-


  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 100 gm Cottage Cheese/Paneer
  • 200 gm Curd
  • 2 cups Boiled Rice
  • 1 medium-sized red onion cut in julienne
  • ½ cup green peas (I have used frozen here)
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 finely chopped green chili
  • Few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2-3 tsp freshly ground black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp refined oil
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • Salt to taste



1. Add cottage cheese to the curd mixture and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add garlic, green chili and ginger. Saute until it releases its flavor.
3. Add onions and saute until transparent. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
4. Next, add green peas and cottage cheese we had kept aside. Make sure the heat in the pan is not too much. As soon as u add in the curd, give it a stir for a minute or two.
5. Let it simmer for 10 minutes on a medium flame. You will know it is done when oil comes on top.
6. Add coriander and give it a taste.


7. In the end add boiled rice to it and mix well.


Enjoy 🙂

5 thoughts on “Paneer Pepper Garlic Rice

  1. This looks amazing. One question though – Your cottage cheese looks like solid cheese in this picture. Is this a different type of cottage cheese then what one would typically see in the U.S. or did I just read the picture wrong. Also I know that you get curds when you make cheese. Is this just that part without the whey? Thanks in advance for the answers I am eager to try this.

    1. I have used packaged cottage cheese. Texture depends from brand to brand. You can make it at home as well. It is made by boiling milk and adding a few drops of fresh lemon juice to it. The milk will curdle and you will be left with fresh homemade cottage cheese and whey. Also, I have used plain curd with the whey. 🙂

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