Achaari Paneer Bhurji is a simple and tasty side dish especially for bachelors who cook with the minimal amount of ingredients. No masala powders required for this recipe and all you need is, just the pickle masala from any varieties of pickle. Pickles are the life safer side dish for most of the bachelors and when an easy curry can be prepared using pickles, why not to try ? Both homemade and store bought paneer can be used in this recipe. This curry goes perfect with Phulka, Paratha or even with a toasted bread. The same masala can be used as a stuffing for sandwich too. Adjust the quantity of achaar masala and green chillies according to spicy taste bud.
For Paneer :
1 Litre Milk
1 Lemon ( big size )
or Use store bought Paneer
For Bhurji :
1 Tbsp Mustard Oil ( or Regular cooking oil )
1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera seeds
1 Onion, Finely chopped
2 Green chillies, sliced ( adjust according to taste bud )
2 Tomatoes, Finely chopped
2 Tsp Pickle masala / Achaari masala ( any flavoured pickle and in this recipe, I have used Mango pickle )
Salt to taste
Few Coriander leaves, Finely chopped
For preparing Paneer at home :
Remove the seeds and squeeze juice from the lemon. Keep aside.
Boil milk and add the lemon juice to it.
It starts curdling at this stage, so keep stirring till the paneer and water completely separates.
Once done, remove from the flame and strain the paneer using muslin or clean cloth.
Wash it twice or thrice in a running water to remove the lemon juice flavour from it.
Keep it aside in a strainer or colander to drain the water completely.
Once the water drains completely, crumble the paneer and keep aside.
If using store bought paneer, grate or crumble the paneer and keep aside.
For Bhurji :
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds followed by green chillies.
Add finely chopped onion and saute till it turns translucent.
Now add the finely chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes turns soft and mushy.
Add pickle masala and the required amount of salt. ( Pickle contains salt so add regular salt accordingly )
Mix well, add 1 tbsp water and cook it for a minute.
Now add the crumbled paneer, mix well and cook it for couple of minutes in a low flame.
Add coriander leaves and remove from the flame.
Serving Options :
Serve with Phulka, Paratha or Toasted bread slices.