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Jan 17, 2016

Achari Paneer Recipe - Achari Paneer Dry Recipe

Achari paneer is nothing but paneer cooked in pickling spices. The flavours are much more intense and the taste is so delicious. This is a dry version of achari paneer, will soon share a gravy version of it..

I used paneer to make this, you can use potatoes as well, or even mixed veggies..Will share all the recipes soon..

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves: 4


Paneer - 300 grams cubed
Yogurt / Curd - 1 cup
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Lemon Juice - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 3 to 4 tblspn
Coriander leaves a handful finely chopped

For Roasting & Crushing:
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Nigella Seeds / Kalonji - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds / Whole Daniya - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 3 to 4
Fenugreek Seeds / Methi / Vendayam - 1/4 tsp


I soaked paneer in warm water for 15 mins to make it get soft. Now take curd, turmeric powder, lemon juice, salt in a bowl and mix well. Add paneer in and mix well. Set aside for 5 mins.

Now take the roasting spices, except dry red chillies..Take it in a dry pan and roast them on low heat till it gets toasted. Remove it to a plate and cool it down.

Now take this in a blender or use a mortar and pestle to crush them roughly. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add in chillies and fry them, remove them to a plate and cool it, then break it into small pieces. Set aside.

Now in the same oil, add a pinch of asafoetida and the paneer and toss them well in oil. Fry them on medium high heat till the paneer gets a nice colour.

Now add in the achari spices and broken chillies. Mix well.

Add in coriander leaves and mix well.


I soaked paneer in warm water for 15 mins to make it soft

take yogurt in a bowl

add in turmeric powder

add salt

add little lemon juice

mix well

add paneer in

mix well..set aside

now take your other ingredients

these are the achari spices

add them in a dry pan except dry red chillies

roast them on low heat till it is toasted

remove them to a plate and let it cool

take them in a mortar and pestle

crush them roughly

now heat oil in a nonstick pan, add chillies

fry till it is coloured

remove them to the plate

break them into small pieces..set this aside

now in the same oil

add a pinch of asafoetida

now add the paneer

fry till the curd evaporates and the paneer is fried

now it has got little colour

add the spice powder and chilli

toss well


sprinkle over lots of coriander leaves

mix well



  1. Hi
    What is Kolanji seeds? where do I get it

  2. @Priscillakalonji is known as onion seeds or nigella seeds

  3. I tried this recipe yesterday but its taste was bitter. Can u explain why?? Is it bcoz of methi Dana or kalonji??

  4. @prabhjot kauri think u must have added too much fenugreek seeds


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