Special achari ghosht: A spicy delicacy from Pakistan

Special achari ghosht: A spicy delicacy from Pakistan

Achari ghosht is a spicy meat dish which has the unique flavours of pickle. 'Ghosht' means meat and 'achari' refers to the pickle flavour of the masala in which it is cooked. The dish tastes amazing with roti, naan or white rice.


For the pickle masala

1 tbsp coriander

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp fennel

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp fenugreek

Salt as required

For the gravy

5 tsp oil

2 cups onion (finely chopped)

3 tsp ginger - garlic paste

1/2 cup tomatoes (diced)

1 cup yogurt

1/4 cup (50 gms) pickle masala

2 tsp chilli powder

500 gm chicken/ mutton (cut into curry pieces)

Water as required

For pickle stuffed chillies

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp pickle masala

4 -5 green chilies


In a heated pan, add coriander, cumin, fennel, mustard seeds, fenugreek, and salt

Roast well

Grind this into a fine pickle masala powder

Heat oil in a pan

Add onions and sauté well

Add the ginger - garlic paste

Sauté until its raw smell is off

Add the tomatoes

Stir well

Mix the pickle masala in the yougurt

Add this mixture when the tomatoes soften up

Add chili powder

Mix well

Add chicken/mutton pieces

Pour some water and mix everything well

Cook with the lid on

In a bowl, mix pickle masala and lemon juice

Split the green chillies in half

Fill it with the pickle masala-lemon juice mixture

Add these stuffed green chillies into the cooked chicken/mutton

Cook for 5 more minutes

Tastes best when served hot with roti or naan.

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