Achar Gosht recipe – What is Achar Gosht?

Achar Gosht literally means pickled mutton. True to its name, Achar Gosht is a very famous dish in Indian subcontinent, and it is prepared by marinating the mutton with yogurt and various Indian spices to achieve the pickled flavor. Originating from the Northern state of India, Achar Gosht recipe demands lots of hot and exotic spices. It is traditionally cooked in a cauldron, where all the spices fuse together with mutton to give the most unparalleled taste and aroma. Due to its sumptuous taste and look, Achar Gosht is pretty popular dish in weddings and parties.

Though it was originally made with mutton, but today Achar Gosht has many variations, when it comes to the selection of meat. People who avoid red meat due to health reasons, replace goat meat with chicken. Achari chicken is also very popular in restaurants. For the vegetarians, Paneer is substituted by meat, and achari paneer is made using the same spices. Meat and veg options are one’s personal choice but one thing remains the same – the achari spices used in the gravy. There is no substitute to these exotic spices which imparts the tangy, pickled taste to the dish.

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Achar Gosht Masala recipe

To get the authentic Achar Gosht it’s imperative to get all the spices right and also in the right proportion. It’s one of the easiest dish to prepare as the main thing is to marinate the meat with the right spices. Here is the list of ingredients that we need in making Achar Gosht. I’m using goat meat in this Achar Gosht recipe.

Ingredients needed for Achar Gosht recipe:-

  1. Mutton – 500g
  2. Onion – 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
  3. Tomatoes -3 medium sized( blended in smooth paste)
  4. Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp.
  5. Coriander powder – 3 tbsp.
  6. Turmeric powder – a pinch
  7. Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  8. Salt. – to taste
  9. Garam Masala powder – 1 tbsp.
  10. Chaat Masala powder – 1 tsp
  11. Whole red chilies – 5/6
  12. Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  13. Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp
  14. Kalonji (nigella) – 1 tbsp
  15. Mustard seeds – 1 tbsp
  16. Fenugreek seeds – 1 tbsp
  17. Cumin – 1 tbsp
  18. Yogurt – 4 tbsp
  19. Green chilies – 4/5 slit in between
  20. Coriander leaves fresh – for garnishing
  21. Ginger – 1 inch finely sliced in julienne
  22. Oil – 1 cup ( for cooking)

Preparing mutton for Achar Gosht

Preparing the mutton for Achar Gosht is very simple. Make sure that size of the mutton pieces are not too large. Cut them into medium size pieces and the wash the mutton under running water. Once the mutton is clean, let it sit in the sieve so the excess water drains out.

Marinate the mutton

Place the washed and dried mutton pieces in a dish. Add ginger garlic paste, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, chaat masala and yogurt. Mix them all well, so the mutton pieces are well blended with yogurt and the spices. Put the marinade in refrigerator preferably for 3/4 hours. You can also marinate the mutton overnight.

Preparing the whole spices

In a pan dry roast the whole spices – coriander seeds, fennel seeds, Kalonji, cumin, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, whole red chilies. Once they start to splatter, dish them out. Let these spices cool down and then grind them coarsely either in the grinder or using the mortar and pestle.

Achar Gosht Masala recipe – Step by step guide to making Achar Gosht

Step 1 – Add oil in a deep pan. Once hot, add the finely sliced onions. Let them cook.

Step 2 – once the onions are light brown add the coarsely ground spice mix. Fry it for a few seconds.

Step 3 – add the marinated mutton and mix it well. Let it fry for few minutes on high flame. Keep stirring continuously. Now add the tomato paste. Let it fry.

Step 4 – once the oil separates add salt. Now add enough water (at least 3 cups) for mutton to get fully cooked. Cover the lid and simmer the flames on medium low. Let it cook for an hour.

Step 5 – keep stirring in between the cooking and also add the water if needed. Once the mutton is tender, add the slit green chilies and evaporate the excess water by turning the flames high. The thickness of the gravy is entirely up to your own preference. I like mine a little dry/ thick.

Step 6 – garnish the Achar Gosht with fresh coriander leaves and ginger julienne. The best Achar Gosht is ready to be served!!

Lucky Masale Achar Gosht

Achar Gosht Masala by lucky Masale is one of the best available in the market. The right proportion of the spices used in lucky Masale Achar Gosht gives the most authentic taste. The recipe is succinct to follow and it’s printed at the back of Lucky Masale Achar Gosht packet. Sharing the recipe in a nutshell for Achar Gosht:

  1. Add lime juice in two teaspoons of Achar Gosht mix to make a thick paste.
  2. Fill this paste in green chilies by making a slit in them, put them aside.
  3. Now marinate the mutton for an hour with the remaining Achar Gosht Masala powder, one cup of oil, ginger garlic paste and salt as desired.
  4. For cooking – heat the oil and fry onions till golden brown. Add tomatoes and ginger garlic paste in it. Once the tomatoes are tender add yogurt in it.
  5. Add meat and fry on low flame till oil separates.
  6. Add water as required and simmer the flames to low, cook meat till its tender and the gravy is semi dry.
  7. For chicken water may not be added.
  8. Add the filled green chilies and cook for further 5-10 minutes.

Your delicious Lucky Achar Gosht is ready to be served!!

Tips to keep in mind while making Achar Gosht

These tips will come in handy while trying the Achar Gosht recipe.

  1. If making Achar Gosht with goat meat, then try marinating it overnight. Overnight marination always helps in enhancing the flavors and also mutton gets tenderized easily while cooking.
  2. Achari chicken will also taste the best, but keep in mind that cooking time will be cut almost in half while making achari chicken and also do not add water if not needed. Chicken tenderize easily as compared to mutton. If need be then add only little water.
  3. For the vegetarians- while making achari paneer, make the gravy first and add the paneer at the last step.
  4. If you have less time than you can also prepare Achar Gosht in pressure cooker. Make sure that water added in pressure cooker is not a lot. Once mutton is tender, water can be evaporated the same way.

Achar Gosht is an authentic dish which takes your taste buds on a different level. Achar Gosht is best served with Chapatis, Naans and also with Rice pilaf. The variations available in this dish has only accentuated its taste. For the food lovers Achar Gosht is the crowning glory!!