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veg tahiri recipe - spiced one pot rice dish made with vegetables and spices. a specialty from uttar pradesh cuisine.
4.91 from 10 votes

veg tehri recipe with step by step photos. veg tahiri or veg tehri is an aromatic, spiced one pot rice & vegetable based dish from the uttar pradesh cuisine.

vegetable tahiri recipe

veg tehri is a medley of mixed veggies, rice and spices from the awadhi cuisine. an easy recipe to prepare. the method of making tahiri or taheri looks like making a pulao, but the dum cooking technique makes the difference. the taste of taheri is also not like a veg pulao. i felt the taste somewhere between a veg biryani and a pulao.

the vegetables that are usually added in tehri are cauliflower, peas and potatoes. though you can use whatever mixed veggies you have or your choice of veggies. you can even make a one or two veggie tehri like an aloo gobi or a simple potato peas tehri or even just a potato tehri. the recipe has been adapted from jiggs kalra’s book – “classic cooking of avadh” .

vegetable tahiri makes for an ideal weekend lunch. you can pair it with a raita or even plain yogurt.

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veg tehri recipe

4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins
veg tahiri recipe - spiced one pot rice dish made with vegetables and spices. a specialty from uttar pradesh cuisine.
vegetable tahiri recipe, veg tehri recipe, vegetable rice recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:awadhi,north indian,uttar pradesh
Servings:4 to 5

INGREDIENTS FOR veg tehri recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

veggies for veg tehri

  • 200 to 210 grams potatoes, 2 large potatoes or 1 cup tightly packed potatoes
  • 200 to 210 grams cauliflower, 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • 115 grams carrots or 2 medium sized or ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 50 grams french beans or 12 to 14 french beans or 1/3 cup chopped beans
  • ½ cup green peas (matar) - fresh or frozen

other ingredients for veg tehri

  • 3 tablespoon ghee
  • 175 grams onions or 3 medium sized onions or 1 cup heaped sliced onions
  • 155 grams tomatoes or 3 medium sized tomatoes or ¾ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste or 1 inch ginger + 6 to 7 garlic - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 3 green chilies (hari mirch) - slit
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or 300 grams basmati rice
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kewra water or rose water (optional)
  • 3 cups water
  • salt as required

whole spices for veg tahiri

  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 4 green cardamoms (chotti elaichi)
  • 2 black cardamoms (badi elaichi)
  • 4 to 5 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 sticks each of 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)

HOW TO MAKE veg tehri recipe

preparation for veg tehri recipe

  • rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice in water very well till the water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.
  • after 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.
  • rinse and soak 2 cups mediums sized cauliflower florets in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • this blanching step is optional and only to get rid of any insects or worms in the cauliflower. after blanching the cauliflower, drain them and keep aside. also chop the rest of the veggies and keep aside.

making vegetable tehri

  • heat 3 tbsp ghee in a thick bottomed deep pot or pan. 
  • add the following spices and saute till the spices splutter and become fragrant - 1 tej patta, 4 green cardamoms, 2 black cardamoms, 4 to 5 cloves and 2 sticks each of 1 inch cinnamon. instead of ghee you can also use mustard oil or sunflower oil.
  • then add 1 cup heaped sliced onions.
  • stir and begin to saute the onions.
  • sauteing the onions take a lot of time. so add a pinch of salt for quick cooking of the onions.
  • saute till the onions become golden.
  • then add 1 tbsp ginger+garlic paste. saute for a few seconds till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.
  • add 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes. saute the tomatoes for a minute or two.
  • then add 1 cup tightly packed diced potatoes. saute the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  • next add 1/2 cup chopped carrots, 1/3 cup chopped french beans , 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas and the cauliflower florets.
  • mix the veggies with the rest of the ingredients.
  • then add 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves, 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, 3 slit green chilies, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  • stir and mix very well. add 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.
  • then add rice. mix the rice very well with the masala and saute for a minute.

cooking veg tehari

  • pour 3 cups water. you can also add 1 tsp rose water or kewra water at this step. season with salt.
  • cover the pan with a tight lid. if you want you can also seal the pan with an aluminium foil and then cover the pan with a lid.
  • on a low flame, cook the tahiri till all the water is absorbed and the rice grains are fluffy and soft. 
  • it took me 20 minutes for the rice to cook. time will vary depending on the size and volume of pan, the thickness of pan, flame intensity etc.
  • once done, give a resting time of 5 minutes. then gently fluff and serve vegetable tahiri with a raita or plain curd.
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preparation to make vegetable rice or tehari recipe

1. rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice (300 grams) in water very well till the water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.

rice for vegetable tahiri recipe

2. after 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.

rice for vegetable tahiri recipe

3. rinse and soak 2 cups mediums sized cauliflower florets in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. this blanching step is optional and only to get rid of any insects or worms in the cauliflower. after blanching the cauliflower, drain them and keep aside. also chop the rest of the veggies and keep aside.

gobi for vegetable tahiri recipe

making vegetable rice

4. heat 3 tbsp ghee in a thick bottomed deep pot or pan.

ghee for vegetable tahiri recipe

5. add the following spices and saute till the spices splutter and become fragrant – 1 tej patta, 4 green cardamoms, 2 black cardamoms, 4 to 5 cloves and 2 sticks each of 1 inch cinnamon. instead of ghee you can also use mustard oil or sunflower oil.

spices for vegetable tahiri recipe

6. then add 1 cup heaped sliced onions.

onions for vegetable tahiri recipe

7. stir and begin to saute the onions.

onions for vegetable tahiri recipe

8. sauteing the onions take a lot of time. so add a pinch of salt for quick cooking of the onions.

onions for vegetable tahiri recipe

9. saute till the onions become golden.

onions for vegetable tahiri recipe

10. then add 1 tbsp ginger+garlic paste.

ginger for vegetable tahiri recipe

11. saute for a few seconds till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.

ginger for vegetable tahiri recipe

12. add ¾ cup chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for vegetable tahiri recipe

13. saute the tomatoes for a minute or two.

tomatoes for vegetable tahiri recipe

14. then add 1 cup tightly packed diced potatoes.

potatoes for vegetable tahiri recipe

15. saute the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes on a low to medium flame.

potatoes for vegetable tahiri recipe

16. next add ½ cup chopped carrots, ⅓ cup chopped french beans, ½ cup fresh or frozen green peas and the cauliflower florets.

vegetables for veg tahiri recipe

17. mix the veggies with the rest of the ingredients.

vegetables for veg tahiri recipe

18. then add 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves, 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and 3 green chilies (slit).

mint for veg tahiri recipe

19. also add 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and ½ tsp turmeric powder.

spices for veg tahiri recipe

20. stir and mix very well.

making veg tahiri recipe

21. add ½ tbsp lemon juice.

making veg tahiri recipe

22. then add rice.

making veg tahiri recipe

23. mix the rice very well with the masala and saute for a minute.

making veg tahiri recipe

24. pour 3 cups water. you can also add 1 tsp rose water or kewra water at this step.

making veg tahiri recipe

25. season with salt.

making veg tahiri recipe

cooking vegetable rice

26. cover the pan with a tight fitting lid, so that the steam does not pass from the sides. if you want you can also seal the pan with an aluminium foil and then cover the pan with the lid.

making veg tahiri recipe

27. on a low flame (sim), cook the tahiri till all the water is absorbed and the rice grains are fluffy and soft. it took me 20 minutes for the rice to cook. time will vary depending on the size and volume of pan, the thickness of pan, flame intensity etc. you can check the rice grains while cooking once or twice.

veg tahiri recipe, vegetable tahiri recipe

28. once done, give a resting time of 5 minutes. then gently fluff and serve vegetable tahiri with a raita or plain curd. you can also garnish vegetable tahiri with some fried onions while serving.

vegetable taheri recipe


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64 comments/reviews

  1. Omg simply awesome…. I have 0% knowledge in cooking and I just followed your recipe instructions and it came out perfectly… Now am confident that I can also cook well… Thank you

  2. I tried this recipe with some changes – had some rice leftover, used curd in stead of lemon juice. It turned out to be so flavourful and vanished into the tummy in no time! 🙂 Thank you for such a lovely site with amazing dishes. Say hello to a new fan of yours! 🙂

    • thanks ranjini for this positive feedback and the rating on tehri recipe. definitely curd can also be added instead of lemon. i am glad the tehri recipe turned out to be good. do try the other recipes as well and i am sure you will like them.

    • yes you can skip rose water and kewda water. if the rose water is a pure rose extract then you can use it, but if it has some more ingredients like additives or preservatives then do not add.

  3. I have this several times and it has come out delicious every single time. I’m so glad of your website. The place I blindly come for vegetarians recipes.

  4. your recipes are just amazing , i just stick to them and it akways turn out to be so yummy.. being a male student i called chef in my group.. thanks a lot

  5. Which basmati rice do u use for all ur rice recipes ?? Plz let me know.. N all of ur recipes are too good thankuu so muchhh…

    • thanks deeps. i use india gate basmati rice – classic brand. before i was also using organic basmati rice, but lately they started becoming sticky, so switched to india gate. there is one more rice i use, but it is locally available and that is dehradun basmati rice.

  6. Hi… m reshma… m newly married n dont know cooking…. any dish I make, I take the recipe from your website and it turns out delicious and tempeting…. Thanx alot..
    keep going…

  7. Absolutely delicious. ..made it yesterday and everyone loved it…I am surely going to make it again and again. ..love all your recipes…

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