Achari Paneer (pickle Flavored Paneer Masala)

I am not a fan of anything pickled or the pickle flavor. But recently, while dining out at an Indian place my friend ordered Paneer Achari. I wouldn't normally order it, but since she wanted to taste, we decided to give it a try. I was amazed by the flavors of this dish. The paneer and the pickle flavors were combined wonderfully. It was looking pretty much like the usual Paneer Kadhai or masala but the taste was very different. I decided to try making it at home.

After reading the recipe in quite a few recipe books, I made it my way and it turned out great! try the recipe and do let me know if you have any inputs to improve the recipe.

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Neha Lad's Secret Indian Recipe !
Serves: 
6

Preparation Time: 
5 Mins
Cooking Time: 
15 Mins

Complexity: 
Medium


Ingredients: 
FOR ACHARI MASALA
Jeera- 1 Tsp
Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)- Less than 1/2 a tsp
Saunf (Aniseeds)- 3 tsp
Rai (mustard seeds)- 1&half tsp
OTHER INGREDIENTS NEEDED
Ginger Garlic paste- 2 tbsp
Oil- 6 Tbsp
Yougurt or Curd beaten till smooth- 3/4th Cup
Onions finely chopped - 4
Green Chillies finely chopped- 3
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Amchoor (dried mango powder)- 2 Tsp
Salt- 1 tsp (or to taste)
Paneer cut in 2 inch cubes - 500 gms
Directions: 
Heat oil in kadhai or pan
Add all seeds mentioned under "FOR ACHARI MASALA". Wait till they splutter
Now add in the green chillies followed by chopped onions. Saute till onions turn slight golden brown
Add turmeric and ginger garlic paste. Mix well and cook for about 50 to 60 seconds more
Now add the beaten curd slowly and keep stirring
Once curd is well mixed add the paneer cubes, amchoor powder and salt
Cook till the curd and the moisture dries up and the masala is nice and thick.
Add a pinch of garam masala (optional) and serve hot with Roti or rice
Footnotes: 
I added capsicum to my recipe, but I suggest you keep it out.
You may use tomato pure instead of curd
For people who do not prefer too much pickle flavor can balance the taste with a pinch of sugar
If using frozen Paneer, soak it in hot water for at least half an hour before you start cooking