TGIF!!!! Well, Fridays are always the most loved day of the week, a day you look forward to for some fun time with your family and friends. In our household, every celebration, big or small, starts with food and ends with food.
Last evening, we had a bad experience with food in a local restaurant and my kids were really disappointed. So, I had to make something good to cheer them up.
Finally, I decided to make a slightly tangy and spicy Paneer Achari with Laccha Paratha.
So, coming back to my Achari Paneer recipe. If you love pickles, then you will love this paneer recipe. Slightly tangy and spicy, this paneer recipe is robust in flavour. Here I am making my Paneer gravy with my homemade Achari masala.
Making of Achari Masala
Kashmiri chilli – 8-10
Coriander seeds- 2 tablespoons
Methi /fenugreek seeds-1 tablespoon
Kalonji seeds-1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds-1 tablespoon
Saunf -2 tablespoons
Amchoor powder-1 tablespoon
Salt -1 teaspoon
Dry roast all the spices other then Amchoor powder on slow flame. Make a powder out of it.
Mix Amchoor powder and salt. Your Achari masala is ready. Keep it in an air tight jar.
Cut around 200 grams of paneer in your desired shape and grill it. If you don’t want to grill, that’s also fine.
Making of Achari Gravy
Onion- 2, big, finely chopped
Tomato -1, medium size,finely chopped
Ginger -Garlic paste- 1 tablespoon
Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tablespoon
Fresh green chilli /red chilli-2-3, slit length wise
Dahi /yogurt -2 tablespoons
Maida -1 tablespoon
Kasoori methi -1 tablespoon
Bay leaf -2
Oil from mango pickle- 2 tablespoons
Cilantro – for garnishing
Salt -according to taste.
Turmeric- 1 teaspoon
Mustard oil/Canola oil- 2 tablespoons
Heat a heavy bottom pan.
Add bay leaf.
Add ginger-garlic paste.
Saute for 2 minutes.
Saute till it mixes nicely like a paste.
Add turmeric and chilli powder.
Add 2 tablespoons of your homemade Achari Masala.
Mix maida and dahi together.
Add dahi mixture to the pan.
Saute for a minute or two.
Mix oil from Achari masala.
Add kasoori methi.
Add paneer pieces.
Adjust the seasoning.
Paneer Achari is ready to serve.