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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.

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.

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vegetable tahiri recipe

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
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
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:awadhi,north indian,uttar pradesh
Servings (change the number to scale):4 to 5
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

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 - 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
  • 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 green chilies - slit
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 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

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

Instructions

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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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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64 comments/reviews

  1. Nice recipe i love it5 stars

    • thanks swetha.

  2. 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 you5 stars

    • thank you for this awesome feedback on tehri recipe. glad to read the review. welcome and happy cooking.

  3. 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! 🙂5 stars

    • 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.

  4. Can we skip Rose and kewda water plus is rose water the same that we apply on face?

    • 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.

  5. 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.5 stars

    • Thanks Chailin for your positive feedback. Glad to know the trust you have on recipes posted on this blog. All the recipes are tried and tested before published.

  6. Can I make it without using spices (cloves, cardamom and cinnamon) I don’t like their taste??

    • these spices make the rice aromatic. so i would not suggest skipping them. if you want you can reduce their quantity.

  7. 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 lot5 stars

    • welcome superman. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback on recipes.

  8. if it’s in version of the video and nice recipe

    • thanks bhagya.

  9. 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.

  10. Looks yummy. We can cook in rice cooker right to avoid releasing steam?

    • you can cook in rice cooker. but in rice cooker on the lid, there is a vent for steam outlet.

  11. 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…

    • all our best wishes for your marriage life 🙂 pleased to know our blog could help you in cooking and you are welcome. thank you for your kind words.

  12. Absolutely delicious. ..made it yesterday and everyone loved it…I am surely going to make it again and again. ..love all your recipes…5 stars

    • thank you roopa for positive feedback 🙂 glad your folks liked the vegetable tahiri, surely make again.

  13. Very nice recipe. Tried today and came out well… Thanks for all the recepies here….4 stars

    • welcome and thankyou latha 🙂

  14. tried this today.. came out well and yummy.. all your recipes are superb and easy to follow and prepare..

    • thankyou ishu 🙂

  15. Instead of lemon juice can we add amchur powder. If we dont have lemon

    • don’t add amchur powder. skip the lemon. if you have curd, then you can add 1/2 to 1 tbsp curd.

  16. Hi
    i enjoy your recipes very much
    i want to know if we are using raw rice how much quantity of water should we use

    • by raw rice, you mean rice which has not been pre soaked? for 1.5 cups rice, you can add 3.5 cups water.

  17. Made this recipe today came out really yummy. Have tried dome of your other recipes too and they are all so yummy and simple to follow. Thank you so much for all of them.

    • pleased to know this rachana glad you liked the recipe from our blog 🙂 thankyou for your kind words and you are welcome.

  18. This is an amazing and a delicious dish.. Just loved it.. I have tried many of your recipes and they are just wonderful.. all the recipes are unique and have different flavours which is AWESOME!!!

    • very pleased to know this thankyou so much pranitha glad you liked the recipes from our blog 🙂

  19. Hi dasana
    Amazing recipes. I just loved it.
    I want to know that can I make this tahari rice with the brown rice. So Wat can I do for that.
    Thanks

    • you can make the veg tahari with brown rice. add 4 to 4.5 cups water. 4.5 cups will make the rice soft.

  20. I made it a couple of days ago….came out pretty good!!!
    I like most of your recipes.

    • thankyou sudha pleased to know this 🙂

  21. I made this tahiri recipe yesterday night. I think what ruined it was the kewra essence.. 1 tsp. Honestly.. It was too much and overpowered the flavours of the veggies. I would recommend that either only a few drops be used.. Or not at all.

    • the recipe mentions kewra water and not kewra essence. both are different. kewra water is lighter and subtle. kewra essence will be condensed and strong. if you use kewra essence, then just 1 or 2 drops is enough. 1 tsp kewra essence is too much. but if using kewra water, 2 tsp is also fine.

  22. I made the dish adding little bit of biriyani powder since my family prefers spicy food and it came out pretty good 🙂 Thanks for this awesome recipe and all of your recipes are pretty simple!!

    • thanks for the positive feedback liz. biryani masala powder can be added in this veg tahiri recipe and i am sure it will taste good too. thanks for sharing.

  23. Ur all recipes r nic

    • thankyou poorni 🙂

  24. Great website just love it… Learnt so many new dishes and they just come out very well by using step by step pics. Cooking has become my hobby after using this website. I try to make new dishes everyday and love it when it comes out to be perfect. Thank you so much5 stars

    • quite pleased to know this thankyou so much aarti for your positive and encouraging words god bless you.

  25. All your recipes are soo perfect and soo easy to cook..very easy to follow with your pictorial explanation…thankyu soo much for wonderful recipes5 stars

    • thankyou so much for your kind and positive words kavya 🙂 and you are welcome.

  26. yummy recipe very Easy to make I’m English my boyfriend is punjabi your recipes have helped me make some Indian dishes which he says are really tasty thank you

    • glad to know this hollie 🙂 all the best in your life and thankyou for your positive words.

  27. After you add water, do you have to keep stirring in between for 20 minutes?

    • no. just cover the pan with a tight lid and allow to cook the rice.

  28. Freaking awesome recipe, made this today and finished every last bit of it. Love your blog!!!

    • thanks a lot mona and glad to know.

  29. I’m a 25 y/o guy and I love to cook. Your recipes are the best. Just tried this recipe with amazing results.
    Just a small change I’d like to suggest. Why not pressure cook the rice with all the ingredients? I think that would be a faster and easier method.

    • thanks a lot manas. usually tahiri is dum cooked, where the steam is not allowed to pass. this gives a different taste to tahiri. in pressure cooking, the steam is allowed to pass, which would give a totally different taste to tahiri. that said, the recipe can still be made in a pressure cooker. just that the taste will be different,

  30. Wow, this is a pulao with a twist. Thank you. Will try it tonight and write how it tasted!

    • thanks sethu. do try and happy cooking.

  31. Trying this today. It smells yummy. Thanks.5 stars

    • welcome aways sanju and thankyou 🙂

  32. This looks delicious can i cook this pulao in pressure cooker.

    • yes riya. you can cook in pressure cooker. just add 2.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.