Any kind of Indian meal can be paired with Achar since it can be put on literally anything and its bustling flavor makes any meal super tasty. Achar/pickel is a combination of sliced fruits and vegetables made with oil and spices.
In India, most families make pickles at home and there are so many versions of pickles. I in particular love mango spicy/sour pickle with any sabji. The chili pickle goes well with kadhi and sweet mango pickle with dal-rice. The combinations are endless !!! The real amazing Achari flavor comes from its spices.
So today, I am taking two most popular ingredients together in this one recipe, Paneer and Achar spices. Achari paneer has a slightly sour and tangy flavor, which is different then any other paneer versions. For this curry, I made my own Achari masala at home and I would recommend to make your own Achari Masala too, you would be amazed by its fresh tangy flavor.
Homemade masala always brings freshness and unique flavors to the recipe. You can make Achari Masala in bulk and store for a long time. So let’s prepare this super tasty and healthy dish!!
1/2tsp. Fenugreek Seeds
1/2tsp. Mustard Seeds
1tsp. Cumin/Jeera Seeds
1tbsp. Fennel/Saunf Seeds
1 tbsp Kalonji Seeds/Black Cumin Seeds/Onion Seeds
1/2 cup of Tomato puree mixed with 1 tbsp. Tomato ketchup (you can make puree by using 2 medium Tomatoes)
1 medium Onion chopped
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 cup of Cashew nuts
1/4 tsp. Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper powder
1 tsp. Garam Masala
Salt as needed (I used 1 tsp.)
Water as per gravy's consistency required
2. Once all the pickle spices are golden brown and you start to get nice aroma, remove them onto a plate. Let it cool down completely. Grind all the spices very fine in a blender. Achari Masala is ready ! It is just so simple to make.
6. Now, add the tomato puree with 1/8 cup of water and mix well. Let the gravy boil for 3-4 mins until you see oil begins to ooze out from the edges.
9. Now finally add the ground pickling spices, Garam masala and salt. Let gravy cook for another 4-5 mins. You will see more oil begins to ooze out from the edges.
10.Add heavy cream into the gravy and stir it. Add more water if consistency is thicker than you want, let it cook for 5-6 minutes and then turn of the flame.
1-You can increase amount the pickle spice ingredients as per your taste . 2-Add red chili powder to elevate spice level even further.