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Achari Paneer

on April 29, 2015

My second paneer dish which is non onion and garlic !! Perfect Satwik 🙂 I am in love with this recipe, coz it turned out to be so very delicious, That pickling spices and the paneer blend really worked well 🙂 A perfect accompaniment to your rotis, parathas or even ghee rice, Tastes amazing !! And believe me, you’re gonna enjoy it a lot 🙂 The blend of spices, the soft paneer and the tangy taste of yoghurt hmmmm.. now I guess I have got you dreaming, isn’t it 😉 This is what happnes when you are a major foodie like me 😛 So here’s the recipe

Recipe Courtesy : Veg Recipe’s Of India

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds/rai or sarson
  • ½ tsp nigella seeds/kalonji
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds/methi dana

Other ingredients:

  • 200 to 250 grams paneer, choppped in cubes or squares
  • 1 cup fresh whole milk curd, 240 grams
  • 1.5 tsp ginger-green chili paste or ½ inch ginger + 1 or 2 green chilies
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida/hing (I didnt add this)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped about ⅓ cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes, 75 to 80 grams of tomatoes
  • 10 to 12 cashews or 2 tbsp cashews or 2 tbsp cashew powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder (optional)
  • 1 or 2 tsp of mango pickle masala (optional)
  • 1 to 1.5 tbsp besan
  • ½ tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves
  • 3 tbsp low fat cream
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • salt as required

Method
Roasting pickling spices

  • 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, ½ tsp nigella seeds/kalonji and ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds/methi dana.
    heat the pan and on a low flame roast the spices till they are fragrant, don’t brown them.
    once cooled, add the spices in a small dry grinder or spice grinder and grind to a semi fine powder.
    remove the achari masala powder and keep aside in a bowl.

The Gravy

  • In the same grinder, add 10 to 12 cashews, grind to a fine powder. if oil releases while grinding then its fine.
    in a bowl, take 1 cup fresh whole milk curd/yogurt and whisk it till smooth. use fresh curd and not sour curd.
  • Heat 2 tbsp mustard oil or sunflower oil or ghee in a pan, on a low flame, add 2 dry red chilies,saute for some seconds till the red chilies change color.
  • 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. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away,
  • Then add ⅓ cup tightly packed chopped tomatoes,stir and add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp coriander powder and ¼ tsp cumin powder (optional).
  • 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, 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.
  • On a low to medium flame, stir and saute the mixture for 2 minutes after adding cashew powder,reserve 1 tsp of the ground achari masala and add the rest. stir very well.
  • Add 1 tbsp besan. we are adding besan so that the curd does not curdle.Stir the besan very well and incorporate it into the rest of the masala, keep the flame on a low and add the beaten curd.
  • 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, add salt as per taste,simmer for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add the paneer cubes. 200 or 250 grams paneer chopped in cubes, cook the paneer cubes for about 1 to 2 minutes, then add 3 tbsp low fat fresh cream and ½ tsp kasuri methi, which has been crushed. stir very well.
    switch off the flame and add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and 1 tsp chopped mint leave & stir again.
  • While serving sprinkle the reserved achari masala from top and garnish with a coriander or mint sprig. serve achari paneer with tandoori rotis, chapatis or naan.

 

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