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Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Achari Paneer Masala

Achari Paneer Masala - Spicy & Piquant Cottage Cheese Curry made with traditional Indian Pickling Spices.Best served with Fresh Rotis or Rice
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Achari Paneer Masala
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Foodcow


  • 250 gms Paneer
  • 2 onions- Finely Chopped
  • 4 Tomatoes Medium sized
  • 1 Green Capsicum
  • 4-5 Cashews Kaju
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard Oil
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • Pinch Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds Dhaniya
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds Suanf
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds Rai
  • ½ teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds Methi
  • 2 Kashmiri Chillies
  • ¼ teaspoon Nigella Seeds Kalonji
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Jeera



  • Soak the Cashews in hot water for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Dry Roast the ingredients listed under masala on low flame for about 5-10 minutes till the spices release their aroma.Let them cool and grind to a powder.
  • Puree the green capsicum, cashews and tomatoes together and set aside.
  • Heat the mustard oil to its smoking point.Add the Green Chillies and Asafoetida.Saute for 10-15 seconds.
  • Add in the chopped Onions and cook till they turn slightly golden brown.
  • Once the onions are brown, add the powdered masalas and roast toghether for about 15 -20 seconds.Keep a close eye.
  • Spoon in the pureed tomato and capsicum and cook till the gravy thickens and the oil separates and starts flowing on the sides.
  • Add the paneer and cook for just 2 minutes till the paneer comes up to the temperature of the gravy.
  • Serve right away.


If not serving immediately,Store the masala gravy in the fridge.Heat the gravy and Add the paneer just before serving.