achari paneer recipe, how to make achari paneer masala recipe

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achari paneer masala recipe - creamy as well as robust flavored paneer gravy with achari masala or pickling spices.

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achari paneer recipe with step by step photos – creamy as well as robust flavored paneer gravy with achari masala or pickling spices.

achari paneer recipe

paneer gravies are often made at home. i experiment and try making various gravies for paneer. i had experimented with achari paneer a couple of time before, but the results were not that great. i again tried making achari paneer some days back and this time the result was too good. so made it again and clicked the pics.

this is a really good achari paneer recipe. the robustness of the pickling spices or achari masala makes its presence felt without getting over powered. the light sourness of the fresh curd or dahi complements the flavors of the spices. the taste is similar to that of achari paneer tikka, but what you get is soft paneer pieces in a smooth creamy gravy. few more similar recipes on blog are:

  1. paneer tikka
  2. paneer tikka on tawa
  3. hariyali paneer tikka
  4. paneer tikka masala recipe.

if you are fond of pickles, you will like achari paneer. the recipe is also a no onion no garlic version. if you want, you can add onions and garlic.

achari paneer is best served with tandoori rotis, phulka, parathas or naan. accompany a side veggie salad by the side.

if you are looking for more paneer recipes then do check paneer 65, palak paneer, matar paneer, kadai paneer and paneer butter masala.

achari paneer masala recipe below:

achari paneer recipe
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achari paneer recipe

achari paneer masala recipe - creamy as well as robust flavored paneer gravy with achari masala or pickling spices.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 45 minutes
servings 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

pickling spices:

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai or sarson)
  • ½ teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • ¼ teaspoon methi dana (fenugreek seeds)

other ingredients for achari paneer masala:

  • 200 to 250 grams paneer, choppped in cubes or squares (cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup fresh whole milk curd (dahi or yogurt) or 240 grams dahi
  • 1.5 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste (adrak + hari mirch ka paste) Or ½ inch ginger + 1 or 2 green chilies
  • 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 medium tomato chopped, about 1/3 cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes, 75 to 80 grams of tomatoes
  • 10 to 12 cashews or 2 tablespoon cashews or 2 tablespoon cashew powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder) - optional
  • 1 or 2 teaspoon of mango pickle masala (optional)
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • ½ teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 3 tablespoon low fat cream
  • 2 tablespoon rice bran oil or sunflower oil or mustard oil or ghee
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

roasting pickling spices:

  1. first take the achari or pickling spices in a pan - 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf, 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera, 1 tsp mustard seeds/rai or sarson, 1/2 tsp nigella seeds/kalonji and 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds/methi dana.
  2. heat the pan and on a low flame roast the spices till they are fragrant. don't brown them.
  3. once cooled, add the spices in a small dry grinder or spice grinder and grind to a semi fine powder.
  4. remove the achari masala powder and keep aside in a bowl.

making achari paneer masala:

  1. in the same grinder, add 10 to 12 cashews.
  2. grind to a fine powder. if oil releases while grinding then its fine.
  3. in a bowl, take 1 cup fresh whole milk curd/yogurt and whisk it till smooth. use fresh curd and not sour curd.
  4. heat 2 tbsp mustard oil or sunflower oil or ghee in a pan.
  5. on a low flame, add 2 dry red chilies and a generous pinch of asafoetida. saute for some seconds till the red chilies change color.
  6. then add 1.5 tsp ginger-green chili paste - about 1/2 inch ginger + 1 or 2 green chilies crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.
  7. then add 1/3 cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes.
  8. stir and add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder and 1/4 tsp cumin powder (optional).
  9. again stir very well and saute the tomatoes till the tomatoes soften completely and become pulpy. you should also see oil releasing from the sides.
  10. now add the cashew powder. if using store brough cashew powder, then add 2 tbsp cashew powder. do check the shelf life of store brought cashew powder before adding.
  11. on a low to medium flame, stir and saute the mixture for 2 minutes after adding cashew powder.
  12. reserve 1 tsp of the ground achari masala and add the rest. stir very well.
  13. add 1 tbsp besan. we are adding besan so that the curd does not curdle.
  14. stir the besan very well and incorporate it into the rest of the masala.
  15. keep the flame on a low and add the beaten curd.
  16. as soon as you add the curd, begin to stir the mixture quickly and fast. stirring quickly, incorporate the curd well into the rest of the masala.
  17. add salt as per taste.
  18. simmer for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
  19. add the paneer cubes. 200 or 250 grams paneer chopped in cubes.
  20. cook the paneer cubes for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  21. then add 3 tbsp low fat fresh cream and 1/2 tsp kasuri methi, which has been crushed. stir very well.
  22. switch off the flame and add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and 1 tsp chopped mint leave & stir again.
  23. while serving sprinkle the reserved achari masala from top and garnish with a coriander or mint sprig. serve achari paneer masala with tandoori rotis, chapatis or naan.

lets start step by step achari paneer recipe:

1. first take the achari or pickling spices in a pan. the five pickling spices in clockwise order are – 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf, ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds/methi dana, ½ tsp nigella seeds/kalonji, 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera and 1 tsp mustard seeds/rai or sarson.

spices for achari paneer masala recipe

2. heat the pan and on a low flame roast the spices till they are fragrant. don’t brown them.

spices for achari paneer masala recipe

3. once cooled, add the spices in a small dry grinder or spice grinder.

making achari paneer masala recipe

4. grind to a semi fine powder.

making achari paneer masala recipe

5. remove the achari masala powder and keep aside in a bowl.

preparing achari paneer masala recipe

6. in the same grinder, add 10 to 12 cashews.

cashews for achari paneer recipe

7. grind to a fine powder. if some fat releases while grinding then its fine.

cashews for achari paneer recipe

8. in a bowl, take 1 cup fresh whole milk curd/yogurt and whisk it till smooth. use fresh curd and not sour curd.

milk for achari paneer masala recipe

9. heat 2 tbsp mustard oil or sunflower oil or ghee in a pan. if using mustard oil, then allow it to smoke before you add the spices. for any other oil or ghee just lightly heat it. then lower the flame and add 2 dry red chilies and a generous pinch of asafoetida.

ghee for achari paneer masala recipe

10. saute for some seconds till the red chilies change color.

chillies for achari paneer masala recipe

11. then add 1.5 tsp ginger-green chili paste – about ½ inch ginger + 1 or 2 green chilies crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle.

paste for achari paneer masala recipe

12. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.

ginger for achari paneer masala recipe

13. then add ⅓ cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for achari paneer masala recipe

14. stir and add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp coriander powder and ¼ tsp cumin powder (optional).

spices for achari paneer recipe

15. again stir very well and saute the tomatoes till the tomatoes soften completely and become pulpy. you should also see oil releasing from the sides.

spices for achari paneer recipe

16. now add the cashew powder. if using store brought cashew powder, then add 2 tbsp cashew powder. do check the shelf life of store brought cashew powder before adding.

cashew powder for achari paneer recipe

17. on a low to medium flame, stir and saute the mixture for 2 minutes after adding cashew powder.

sauteing - making achari paneer masala recipe

18. reserve 1 tsp of the ground achari masala and add the rest.

ground achari masala for achari paneer recipe

19. stir very well. at this stage you can also add masala of a mango pickle. just take about 1 to 2 tsp of the masala from the mango pickle and add it.

achari masala for achari paneer recipe

20. add 1 tbsp besan/gram flour. we are adding besan so that the curd does not curdle. you can also add 1.5 tbsp of besan.

besan for achari paneer recipe

21. stir the besan very well and incorporate it into the rest of the masala.

making achari paneer masala recipe

22. keep the flame on a low and add the beaten curd.

curd for achari paneer recipe

23. as soon as you add the curd, begin to stir the mixture quickly and fast.

stir - making achari paneer masala recipe

24. stirring quickly, incorporate the curd well into the rest of the masala.

curd mixed with achari masala recipe

25. add salt as per taste.

salt added to achari paneer gravy recipe

26. simmer for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.

simmer achari paneer recipe

27. add the paneer cubes. 200 or 250 grams paneer chopped in cubes.

paneer for achari paneer recipe

28. cook the paneer cubes for about 1 to 2 minutes.

making achari paneer recipe

29. then add 3 tbsp low fat fresh cream and ½ tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves, which has been crushed.

cream for achari paneer recipe

30. stir very well.

stir achari paneer recipe

31. switch off the flame and add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and 1 tsp chopped mint leaves. stir.

coriander for achari paneer recipe

32. while serving sprinkle the reserved achari masala from top and garnish with a coriander or mint sprig. serve achari paneer with tandoori rotis, phulka or naan.

achari paneer recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Very nice, delicious. Thanks

    • Welcome Sama

  2. Today made this for potluck and it was a hit.
    Thank you!!!

    • Welcome Aditi. Nice to know this.