Fried Rice with Paneer (Cottage Cheese) and Spinach



  • Cooked Rice (Basmati) – 2 cups
  • Paneer (Cottage Cheese found in Indian/Nepali markets) – 1/2 lb or as much as you want
  • Spinach – 1 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  • Canola Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Butter or ghee (optional) – 1 tbsp for flavor
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp or according to taste
  • Chili powder (optional) – 1/2 tsp


  1. Cut paneer into small pieces any shape you want. Make sure the paneer pieces are not too chunky, otherwise they will not absorb the salt all the way through.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add fenugreek seeds. After a minute or so, the seeds should start to turn dark brown. Add paneer pieces now. Fry paneer until they start to brown just a little.
  3. Add spinach, turmeric, cumin powder, chili powder (optional) and stirfry. Let it cook in medium heat for about 2 minutes until the spinach softens.
  4. Add rice, butter (optioanal) and salt. Mix really well and cook covered in low heat for 2 additional minutes.
  5. Fried rice is ready to be served. It can be eaten as snacks or as lunch/dinner with bottled pickles, fresh achars or cooked vegetables.