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Broccoli Paneer Rice


Broccoli Paneer Rice is a healthy, delicious, one pot meal that can be made in minutes and so this would go perfect for lunch box. Usually I have seen most of the people saying no to Broccoli, but when it comes to the health benefits it has loads in it. And so, thought of infusing broccoli with rice as a main ingredient and paneer which my kids like to the core as a secondary ingredient. I was little worried when I prepared this rice, as I gave a try directly for my kid’s lunch box, and I prepared little steamed rice too, so that I can use it as a backup if this Broccoli Paneer rice doesn’t work. But the rice was yum and unimaginable.

I have induced coconut oil, you can substitute it with ghee/clarified butter or any cooking oil.

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Taking this to Fiesta Friday #156 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Health Benefits of Broccoli: Broccoli is well known for preventing cancer, it reduces cholesterol as it is packed with soluble fiber, it helps in bone health, good for heart health, also it helps in digestion and prevents constipation.

Let me share the recipe…

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Broccoli Paneer Rice


  • Broccoli – 1 no (medium size)
  • Paneer – 150 gm
  • Basmati / Long Grain Rice – 2 cups
  • Coriander leaves – a fistful
  • Mint leaves – a fistful
  • Green chilli – 2 nos
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Cinnamon – 1 stick
  • Star Anise – 1 no
  • Coconut milk – 2 cups
  • Chilli powder – ¾ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil – 1 ½ tbsp.

Making of Broccoli Paneer rice –


  • Wash and separate the florets of broccoli (medium size).
  • Cube the paneer to medium size pieces.
  • Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies and garlic to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Heat oil in a pressure-cooker or heavy bottomed vessel, add the cloves, cinnamon and star anise, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the broccoli followed by chilli powder and coriander powder, cook for few mins.
  • Pour the ground mixture (coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies and garlic paste) and cook for few mins or until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the cleaned rice, followed by salt and cook for few mins.
  • Pour the coconut milk and water (in equal proportion), pressure-cook for 3 whistles or if using a heavy bottomed vessel, cover and cook until the rice is cooked.
  • Meanwhile heat a tsp of oil in pan, add the paneer pieces and cook them on both sides until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure releases, give a gentile stir and add the roasted paneer, give a gentle stir and serve.

Serve hot with raita and any deep fry. I have accompanied it with Potato chips.


Lunch Box / Tiffin Box


Lunch Box is one such most important for everyone, may be a housewife or working women. Everyday it’s been a big problem to think what to cook, how long will it take to cook, whether I would be a best combo and whether kids feel comfortable to have this at school. As a food blogger, even I have this problem as lunch is one of the most important in one’s life, especially for kids, when they are at home, we could make them eat. But from school they come with many reasons like I don’t have enough time to eat, the gravy never went well with rice, she asks for varieties to share with her friends. Apart from all these we should also be comfortable with cooking food based on the time, ingredients, marination and so on.
I use to share the recipes along with what I accompany for it. But apart from I got many requests from my followers and friends, for posting the lunch box recipe. So that it would be easy for us to prepare the same with right combination. This resulted me in sharing these lunch box/tiffin box recipes that goes out well for both Kids (schools) and Adults (office).

Do check out my tiffin box/lunch box recipes and encourage me with likes, comments and share. Click on the link for recipes…
Lunch Box 1: Potato Cauliflower Curry, Crispy Lady’s finger fry and Mangoes.
Lunch Box 2: Vegetable Briyani, Mushroom Gravy and Raita
Lunch Box 3: Yakhini Pulav with Brinjal Raita
Lunch Box 4: Steamed Rice with Sambhar, lady’s finger Stir-fry and Appalam
Lunch Box 5: Schzewan Fried rice (veg), Roasted potatoes and Tomato Sauce
Lunch Box 6: Mung Bean Rice and Paruppu Thuvaiyal/Dal Chutney.
Lunch Box 7: Coconut milk Rice, Shahi Egg Curry and Chapathi
Lunch Box 8: Egg Rice and Methi Chicken.
Lunch Box 9: Kara Kulmabu, Scrambled Egg and Mangoes.
Lunch Box 10: Instant Idly, Potato Saagu and Chutney.
Lunch Box 11: Egg Rice, Chapathi, Mushroom Korma and Lime Pickle.
Lunch Box 12: Steamed Rice with Sambhar, Cauliflower Fry, Appalam and Sago payasam/Kheer.
Lunch Box 13: Curd/Yogurt Rice with Chicken Varuval and Scrambled Egg.
Lunch Box 14: Steamed Rice with Egg Curry and Cabbage Stir-Fry.
Lunch Box 15: Steamed Rice with Chicken Curry and Egg Omelette.


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Lunch Box – 15


Lunch Box 5 has Steamed rice with Chicken curry and Egg Omelette, takes hardly 30 mins to prepare.

Steamed rice with Chicken curry and Egg Omelette

Steamed rice with Chicken curry and Egg Omelette