Achaari Paneer

Achaari Paneer is a spicy and flavorful paneer dish. The aroma and taste of pickling spices along with paneer is lip smacking. 

To prepare this beautiful recipe you’ll need paneer (Indian cottage cheese), yogurt, tomato, ginger, pickling spices, etc.

Also try: Paneer Masala or Paneer Bhurji.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 15 mins, Cooking – 15 mins, Total – 30 mins

Servings: 2-3


  1. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 200 grams (cut into cubes)
  2. Tomato – 1 large (finely chopped)
  3. Green Chilli – 2
  4. Ginger – 1.5 inches
  5. Cashew Powder – 2 tbsp
  6. Gram Flour – 1 tbsp
  7. Curd – 1 cup (beaten)
  8. Kasuri Methi – 1 tbsp
  9. Cumin Seeds – 1.5 tsp
  10. Fennel Seeds – 1.5 tsp
  11. Black Mustard Seeds – 1.5 tsp
  12. Yellow Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  13. Black Cumin Seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp
  14. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  15. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  16. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  17. Cream – 2 tbsp
  18. Coriander Leaves – for garnishing
  19. Mint Leaves – for garnishing
  20. Mustard Oil – 4 tbsp (you can use any other oil as well)
  21. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Achaari Paneer:

  1. Heat a pan. Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black cumin seeds, black mustard seeds and yellow mustard seeds. Roast till fragrant. Do not over roast them. Turn off the flame and let it cool down. Now grind them to make a coarse powder. Keep aside the pickle powder
  2. Take a grinding jar. Add ginger and green chilli. Grind to make a paste. Keep aside
  3. Heat mustard oil in a kadai or a pan. Let it smoke for a minute. Then turn the flame to medium and add a pinch of salt, it helps in removing the mustard oil aroma
  4. Add ginger-green chilli paste. Saute till fragrant
  5. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder. Cook till oil starts to separate
  6. Add cashew powder. Saute for a few seconds
  7. Add pickle powder and gram flour. Saute for a minute
  8. Add beaten curd. Mix and cook for a minute with continuous stirring
  9. Add paneer, kasuri methi, cream and salt. Mix and cook for 2-3 minutes
  10. Turn off the flame. Add coriander and mint leaves. Mix
  11. Your Achaari Paneer is ready. Serve hot with phulkas.


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