Add all the marination ingredients to paneer. Mix and set aside. If needed sprinkle 1 tbsp water.
Heat oil or ghee in a pot or cooker. Then fry all the dry spices till they begin to sizzle.
Fry onions until golden or brown.
Next fry ginger garlic paste till the raw smell goes off.
Add all the chopped veggies and saute for 2 minutes. Add coriander and mint leaves. Fry until you begin to smell good.
Pour water and salt. Stir and taste it. Bring it to a boil.
Add soaked and drained rice and cook until done. If cooking in a pressure cooker, simmer the flame when the water almost evaporates and rice is still soggy. Cover with the lid and cook for 4 to 5 minutes and switch off.
Frying paneer for pulao
Meanwhile, Heat oil in a pan. Fry paneer along with the marinade until golden.
When the pressure goes off fluff the rice and top with paneer.