Tehari UP style

Tehari UP style

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.

tehari UP style

Tehari UP style
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This 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.
Recipe type: One Pot Meal
Cuisine: UP | North Indian
Serves: 4
  • 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 chilly powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  1. Heat oil/ghee in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, pepper and cardamom and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the chopped onions and fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and slit green chillies and fry for a few minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and cook till slightly mushy.
  6. Now add in the chopped veggies and fry in the masala for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add the rice along with water, salt and the spice powders.
  8. Cook for 2-3 whistles till rice is well-ccoked and not mushy and the veggies are cooked.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  10. 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.

Basmati rice is the best rice to use for tehari.


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 with cumin 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. Add tomatoes and fry till mushy. 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 2-3 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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