Tehari UP style

Tehari UP style

tahiri 2

Tehari is a pulao kind of dish that used to be made on many lazy Sunday afternoons in my home. A one-pot meal, it is easy to cook and tasty too. And you know the most coveted part was the slightly burnt portion of tehari from the bottom that we siblings would fight over. Here’s the simple recipe. Though this one has potatoes and peas, you can easily add other vegetables of your choice as well. Most people prepare it with potatoes, peas and cauliflower.


2 cups Basmati rice (soaked for half an hour in plain water)

2 tbsp. oil or ghee

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

1 cup diced vegetables (potato cubes and peas)

1 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. coriander powder

½ tsp. turmeric powder

½ tsp. red chilly powder

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Tehari recipe
Chopped onions, chillies and diced potatoes


I normally use a pressure cooker to make my Tehari. It is faster and easier that way. You may, of course, use a thick-bottomed pan for the same. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Put in all the whole spices and fry for a minute. Add the chopped onions and fry for a couple of minutes till they are transparent. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for another couple of minutes. Add in the slit green chillies and fry for one more minute. Now tip in the cut veggies and fry lightly. You can add a little water if everything becomes too dry.

Now add in the rice. Put in all the dry masalas along with salt. Add 2-3 cups of water and close the lid of the pressure cooker. It takes about 3-4 whistles to cook everything and for the slight burning at the bottom. Don’t keep it too long on the fire or you may end up with horribly burnt mess. Open the cooker and gently fluff up the rice. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander.

Tehari recipe
Tehari served with veg raita

We normally served it at home with a hot green chutney and some cool yoghurt raita. A perfect Sunday afternoon lunch.

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23 thoughts on “Tehari UP style

    1. My mom used to cook it so well. It was after ages that I made it. G and the kids loved it. Simple bachpan ki yaadein! I hope you enjoy it. So good to see you here!

  1. I am bachelor.. live by myself and there are days when my maid doesn’t turn up. This was my first meal that I prepared by myself and amazingly it turned out to be amazing.
    Thank you for the dish. Finally I can cook and won’t die of hu get :p

  2. Rachna,Thank u for sharing such a healthy n delicious dish especially wen u r bored from paneer,chicken gravy dishes. Yes even v men can prepare with less efforts 🙂

  3. I’m just 16 my nana died and my mom was quite upset so I decided to do the cooking although the only thing i can make is maggi but then i saw this recipe and tried it the very next day. Everyone was quite impressed thanks a lot! 🙂

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