Dhaba Style Achari Paneer.

Dhaba Style Achari Paneer.

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Divyansh gupta
Divyansh gupta
North Indian

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.


  • listcheck2 Cups Bite size paneer - cottage cheese cubes
  • listcheck1cups plain Greek Yogurt - you can use any thick Yogurt
  • listcheck4 tbsp oilive oil
  • listcheck1 Large onion
  • listcheck4 cloves Garlic
  • listcheck1/2 inch ginger piece
  • listcheck2 Large onions - thinly sliced
  • listcheck2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • listcheck2 tbsp ketchup
  • listcheck1 tbsp Dry Kasuri Methi - optional
  • listcheckWhole spices: 1tsp fennel seed ( saunf)
  • listcheck1 tsp fenugreek seed ( Methi dana )
  • listcheck1 tsp onion seed ( kalonji )
  • listcheckpowdered Spices: 1Tsp turmeric Powder
  • listcheck1Tsp Coriander powder
  • listcheck1 Tsp Red chilli powder
  • listcheck2 Tsp salt ( As per your taste )
  • Method

  • Step-1
    Prep Work: Step1 . Add onion, ginger, garlic, in a grinder jar and paste to form a smooth paste. Keep Aside
  • Step-2
    Make the Achari spice Mix: Step2 . Add all the spices ( whole + Powdered ) in a grinder jar and pulse.
  • Step-3
    Make a smooth Powder and keep aside.
  • Step-4
    Step1 . Heat oil in a large non- stick pot.
  • Step-5
    Step2 . Add the onion paste and saute for 3 -4 minutes over medium heat ( stir every half minutes ). The onions should turn golden.
  • Step-6
    Step3 . Now add the sliced onion, achari spice mix and saute for 2 minutes ( till sauteed onions are pink )
  • Step-7
    Step4 . Now add the tomato, ketchup and saute for another 2 minutes ( stir to make sure tomato paste evenly spreads in the mix ).
  • Step-8
    Step5 . Add yogurt and mix everything.
  • Step-9
    Step6 . Cover and cook this for 3 minutes on medium heat ( stir every half minute ).
  • Step-10
    Step7 . Remove the cover and the masala would be bubbling hot.
  • Step-11
    Step8 . Add the cubed paneer ans saute.
  • Step-12
    Step9 . Let this simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Step-13
    Step10 . Turn off the heat.
  • Step-14
    Step11 . Transfer to serving plater and sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top.
  • Step-15
    Step12 . Serve hot and enjoy.
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