Cauliflower, paneer and peas rice

Cauliflower, paneer and peas rice is a mixed rice recipe. An easy recipe to toss together with fresh/leftover rice. An quick to make rice recipe during weekdays. 

Mixed rices like this are my favorites, as i get to spend less time in the kitchen and at the same time, make a nutritious meal with vegetables, satiating the tastebuds of everyone at home. 

cauliflower rice

Like i told you in paneer poha post, my kids love paneer, which as vegetarians, is our protein source. So, I try to add paneer wherever possible.

This cauliflower rice with paneer and peas is a quick recipe to make during the weekday rush. A perfect lunch box recipe.

This rice recipe also fits the party bill. This mixed rice can be made easily for a large crowd, it can be made ahead and warmed just before serving

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Cauliflower, paneer & peas rice

Cauliflower, peas and paneer rice is a mixed rice made with fresh/leftover rice. An easy to make rice recipe during weekdays. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: a quick to make rice recipe, Cauliflower rice, easy lunchbox recipe, How to make mixed vegetable rice, Mixed rice, Paneer rice, Peas rice
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1&½ cups Sona masuri rice/basmati rice
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup green peas i have used frozen
  • 100 grams paneer indian cottage cheese
  • 2 nos medium sized tomatoes
  • 2 nos green chilies
  • a small piece of ginger
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves plus some for garnish
  • handful of fresh mint leaves plus some for garnish
  • few curry leaves
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • 2 nos cloves
  • 2 nos green cardamom
  • a small piece of cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds


  • Wash the rice with water and cook it in a microwave or in a rice cooker or in a open pan adding double the amount of water. The rice should be separated. You can also use leftover rice for the recipe
  • I cooked my rice in microwave. Adding 3 cups of water at power 80 for 27 minutes. Clean the cauliflower and cut them into florets.
  • Take tomatoes, chilies, ginger, and the greens in a mixer/chopper and blend it smooth with 1/4 cup water.
  • In a wide bottom pan, add oil, when it is hot, add cumin seeds, immediately add the ground tomato mixture and saute for a minute.
  • Take the ingredients given under spices in a mortar-pestle, except bayleaf and pound it to a powder. Add this to the tomato mixture along with bayleaf and mix well. saute for another minute
  • Next add the cleaned cauliflower florets, followed by peas. Add red chili flakes, turmeric powder and salt to this and mix well.
  • Next add the paneer cubes, add 1/4 cup of water to this. Simmer the flame, cover and cook for the veggies to get tender. It wil; take around 8-10 minutes for the cauliflower to get tender.
  • Remove the cover, check the doneness of the veggies. Next add garam masala to this and mix well.
  • Next step is to add the cooked rice and mix well. Finally add fresh coriander leaves and mint leaved. Switch off the flame, keep it covered until serve.
  • Serve this delicious rice with raita. i served it with coriander and mint cucumber raita



  • This recipe is made with freshly cooked rice. You can make it with leftover rice also.
  • I have kept the veggies simple cauliflower, peas and paneer. You can make the same recipe with veggies of your choice.
  • Instead of whole spices, you can use any good quality biriyani masala also.
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I made this Cauliflower, paneer and peas rice for our weekend lunch and served it with coriander and mint cucumber raita.

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