How to make achari paneer masala | Paneer achari curry recipe


Achari paneer is a delicious and popular dish from North India. Paneer (cottage cheese) gets cooked in a pickling spices which gives this dish a tangy, spicy, and sweet taste. Paneer has a very mild, milky flavor and is a good source of protein. Most of the Punjabi dishes use it as a main ingredient in their vegetarian recipes. Though this dish is not as popular as some other paneer dishes, I think it is one of the tasty dishes that you should try. This gravy dish has a very distinctive taste to it because of those pickling spices. I would suggest you to try this recipe for your next dinner plan if you never tried any achari dishes before.


Achari paneer masala in a black bowl on a table top, a recipe by homemakerjob
Achari Paneer Recipe by Homemakerjob


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Achari paneer masala in a black bowl on a table top, a recipe by homemakerjob

Achari paneer recipe

Achari paneer is a popular dish from North India. It is spicy, sweet, and tangy in taste. Follow my recipe step by step to make this amazing dish at home, made from pickling spices.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 250 gm paneer
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp green chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp achari masala
  • 1 tsp pickle masala
  • ½ cup curd
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp sugar (optional)
  • 4 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 pinch of mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch kalonji (nigella seeds)


  • Heat 4 tbsp oil in a kadai on medium heat. Add a pinch of mustard seeds and kalounji and stir well.
  • Once it starts crackling, add 1 cup finely chopped onions and stir well. Fry for 4-5 min. Add 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste and 1 tsp chopped green chilies. Mix well, and fry for 2 min.
  • Add 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, and ½ tsp turmeric powder. After that, add ½ tsp cumin powder, 2 tsp achari masala, and 1 tsp pickle masala. Mix everything well together and cook for 2 min.
  • Add ½ cup tomato puree and stir well for 2 min. Add ½ tsp salt and mix well.
  • Add ½ cup curd and mix well. Add 250 gm of paneer cubes and combine well with the gravy. Cook for 2-3 min.
  • Now add ½ cup water and stir well. Let it simmer for 5 min. Add 1 tsp kasuri methi, ¼ tsp garam masala, and ½ tsp sugar. Mix well and cook for 2 min.
  • Serve hot achari paneer with a roti, naan, or paratha.


  • Whisk the curd well to make it lump-free. You can use thick yogurt.
  • Adjust spices as per your taste.
  • Use fresh paneer for better taste. You can use homemade paneer.
  • This recipe tastes best if cooked in mustard oil, so try to avoid using any other oil.
  • I have used pickle masala from mango pickle.
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