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Achari Paneer Recipe

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Achari Paneer – Spicy lip-smacking Paneer/ Cottage Cheese recipe flavored with a melange of powdered spices (which are frequently used for making pickles) .

If you are fond of pickles, you will certainly love this delectable paneer recipe. I have dry-roasted fennel seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, onion seeds, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and dry red chillies and powdered them. You can prepare this powder/masala in advance and store it. Whenever you run short of time for preparing a delicious meal, use this home-made powder/masala and create a delicious meal in no time.

Achari Paneer pairs well with any Indian flat-bread or steamed rice .

Serves : 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 Gms. Paneer/Cottage Cheese Cubes
  • 2 Big Onion ( Finely Chopped )
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes ( In Purée Form )
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1/2 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Seeds plus 3/4 Tsp Onion Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 2 Kashmiri Dry Red Chillies
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Dry Mango Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves ( For Garnishing )

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METHOD

  1. Dry roast fennel seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp onion seeds, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and dry red chillies on a hot tava and grind coarsely.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and add asafoetida and remaining onion seeds.
  3. When seeds begin to crackle, add chopped onion along with ginger and garlic paste. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add tomato purée and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add turmeric powder, dry mango powder and powdered spices to kadai and cook for 12-15 minutes. Also add salt plus 1/3- 1/2 cup of water at this stage.
  6. Add sugar and cottage cheese cubes. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with any Indian flat-bread / steamed rice.

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