Achari Paneer. (Amar D. Gupta | Siliconeer)

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A zesty dish that instantly reminds you of your favorite restaurant back home. Now bring that flavor here in your home. Chef Sanjay Patel shows how.

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• 1 lb cubed paneer
• ½ cup oil
• 4 tsp fennel seeds
• 2 tsp black mustard seeds
• 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
• ½ tsp nigella seeds (Kalonji)
• 1 tsp garlic-ginger paste
• 2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
• 4 ground onions
• 8 chopped green chilies
• 2 tsp turmeric
• 3 tsp ginger paste
• 1 cup whipped yogurt
• 3 tsp dry mango powder (amchur)
• 2 tsp red chili powder (Kashmiri mirch)
• 2 tsp sugar
• salt to taste


Heat oil and fry the fennel, fenugreek, nigella and cumin seeds. After 15-20 seconds, add onions and green chilies. Stir and fry until golden.

Add turmeric powder, garlic and ginger paste. Fry for a minute.

Pour in the yogurt, dry mango powder, chili powder, sugar and salt. Cook until oil separates.

Add paneer with ¾ cup water. Allow it to heat through. Adjust salt seasoning if required and serve with your favorite bread or basmati rice pilaf.

Serves four. Cook time 25 min.