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Tehari UP style

This tehari recipe or tahari/tahiri is a comforting, homestyle one-pot meal made with rice, veggies and spices. Perfect for Sunday lunches when served with a side of veg raita.
Course One pot meal
Cuisine UP | North Indian
Keyword tahari, tahiri, tehari recipe
recipe tahari, tahiri, tehari recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 267kcal
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 2 cups Basmati rice soaked for half an hour in plain water
  • 2 tbsp. oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 10-12 black peppercorns
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 2 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 4-5 green chillies split
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup diced vegetables (potato cubes, cauliflower florets and peas)
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish


  • Heat oil/ghee in a pressure cooker.
  • Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, pepper and cardamom and cook for a minute.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the ginger-garlic paste and slit green chillies and fry for a few minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till slightly mushy.
  • Now add in the chopped veggies and fry in the masala for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the rice along with water, salt and the spice powders.
  • Cook for 2-3 whistles till rice is well-ccoked and not mushy and the veggies are cooked.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with raita and papad.


You can use any veggies that you have at hand like carrots, knol khol etc. preferably the kind that do not turn too mushy.
I sometimes add soya chunks to this. I add soya chunks at the stage when we add rice and water.
Basmati rice is the best rice to use for tehari.


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2350IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3.2mg