Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe – Masala Paneer Recipe

Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe: learn to make this extremely flavorful, quick and delicious recipe using paneer, yogurt and achari masala (Indian pickle mix). Extremely popular North Indian recipe, that can be eaten with roti/naan/bread/rice, etc.     Restaurant Style Achari Paneer Masala RecipeThe weekend is just around the corner and there cannot be anything better than a comfort meal, especially this Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe!

What is Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe

Dhaba literally means ‘street side restaurants’ in India and extremely famous for their rustic-authentic recipes. 

The closest to Paneer in the International market would be chunky cottage cheese.

Achari is a type of Indian pickling mix usually made using 3 main ingredients – Fennel, Nigella Seed, and Fenugreek Seed.

So the recipe is rustic Indian style paneer sauteed in an achari mix. It’s an extremely delicious and soul-satisfying dish.how to make achari paneer masala

How to Make Achari Paneer Recipe :

The reason behind the popularity of any street style restaurant / dhaba food is that the food is freshly prepared as ordered.

And I totally believe that freshly ground spices, ground pastes adds so much more flavor to any dish. Hence I’m breaking this dish into 3 parts:

  1. Making the Onion Paste Mix (base of the sauce)
  2. Making Freshly Ground Achari Masala or Mix: 
  3. Sauteeing everything together to form a rich saucy mix with paneer. 

 

(Step by Step Picture of How to Make Achari Paneer / Masala Paneer)

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how to make achari paneer

 

Once you follow the steps below, your end dish will look something like this:

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Serving the Dhaba Style Achari Paneer / Achari Paneer Masala / Paneer Masala:

Once the dish is ready, simply transfer everything to a platter, add some chopped cilantro and serve hot.

You can serve this with Bread / Naan / Roti / Rice / Quinoa , etc

Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Masala Recipe

Storing Achari Paneer :

This can be stored in an air-tight box (I prefer a glass container to store curry as they don’t stain) and can be in the fridge for 2 days.

 

Reheating the Paneer:

  • Once you are ready to reheat, just remove from fridge, add 1/4 cup water and mix everything.
  • Set on Microwave for 2 minutes or cook in a stovetop pan for 5 minutes.

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Yield: 4

Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe

Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe
Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe: learn to make this extremely flavorful, quick and delicious recipe using paneer, yogurt and achari masala (Indian pickle mix). Extremely popular North Indian recipe, that can be eaten with roti/naan/bread/rice, etc.    
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Bite Size Paneer - cottage cheese cubes
  • 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt - You can use any thick yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil *
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Inch Ginger Piece
  • 2 Large Onions - thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste **
  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Kasuri Methi - optional

Whole Spices:

  • 1 Tsp Fenugreek Seed - Indian name: Methi Dana
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seed - Indian name: Saunf
  • 1 Tsp Onion Seed - Indian name: kalonji

Powdered Spices:

  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Salt (As per your taste)

Instructions

Prep Work:

  • Add onion, ginger, garlic in a grinder jar and pulse to form a smooth paste.
  • Keep Aside

Make the Achari Spice Mix:

  • Add all the spices (whole+powdered) in a grinder jar and pulse.
  • Make a smooth powder and keep aside.

How to Make Dhaba Style Achari Paneer Recipe:

  • Heat oil in a large non-stick pot.
  • Add the onion paste and saute for 3-4 minutes over medium heat (stir every half minute). The onions should turn golden.
  • Now add the sliced onion, achari spice mix and saute for 2 minutes (till sauteed onions are pink)
  • Now add the tomato, ketchup and saute for another 2 minutes (stir to make sure tomato paste evenly spreads in the mix).
  • Add yogurt and mix everything.
  • Cover and cook this for 3 minutes on medium heat (stir every half minute).
  • Remove the cover and the masala would be bubbling hot.
  • Add the cubed paneer and saute.
  • Let this simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Transfer to serving plater and sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top.
  • Serve hot and enjoy

Notes

Oil: (You can use any oil however it tastes best in MUSTARD Oil)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

2

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 234 Total Fat: 31g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 52mg Sodium: 500mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 15g Protein: 25g

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