Chatpata Achaari Paneer

Chatpata Achaari Paneer
Achaari Paneer is a lip-smacking paneer curry which has robust flavours of Indian pickles. If you are fond of pickles or achaar, you would definitely like this dish.
I hope that everyone would agree with me that if there is 1 thing which has brought us together,  is the pickle only…..It is relished and eaten fondly across the country
This is our love to the pickles that our meal does not complete without this.
In most of the Thalies of India pickles and chutneys are to be served first. I have tried to bring together the two most miraculous, popular and favourite stuff of all and that is mango pickle marsala and paneer or cottage cheese
This paneer dish has a little tanginess which we feel while eating mango pickle and it’s achaar like flavours and aromas come with those spices and mustard oil we generally use in our mango pickles.
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Course – main dish
Serves – 4
1- Paneer /cottage cheese – 250 gms.
2- Kaju powder- 1 tablespoon
3- Chopped tomatoes – 1 cup or 4 medium sized
4- Ginger – 1 Inch piece
5- Green chillies – 2 nos.
6- Whole red chillies – 1-2 nos.
7- Achaar masala(Methi seeds, cumin seeds, onion seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds) – 1 teaspoon each
8- Salt – to taste
9- Heeng powder – 1 teaspoon
10- Mustard or any other regular oil – 2 tablespoons (I used mustard oil)
Preparations -:
1 –   Dry roast achaar masala with red chillies and pound coarsely
2 -blend tomatoes, ginger and green chillies to make the puree
3   – grind cashews to powder and keep aside
4  – cut paneer into desired cubes
Heat oil to smoking point and add heeng powder
Add achaar marsala powder and stir at low flame
Add cashew/kaaju powder and roast for few seconds
Add tomato puree and cook until everything is mixed together  and become a gravy-like consistency
Add salt now and water. Stir the gravy and let it boil at low flame
Time to add paneer cubes and cook the dish for a while until the oil leaves the pan. Drizzle some achaar masala and it’s oil over the dish
Paneer will absorb all the achaar masala flavour
Tasty achaari Paneer is ready to serve with roti or paranthas
* Notes
* Masala of any pickle can be used
* Kaaju/cashew paste is optional. I used this to thicken the gravy and to balance the tanginess of dish
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