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Aloo - Gobi Tehri/Pulao - One pot meal

Tahiri or Tehri is a one pot dish which is similar to a pulao. A popular Awadhi recipe from Uttar Pradesh, its somewhere between a veg pulao and veg biriyani. Usually a Vegetarian Tahiri uses potatoes, cauliflower and peas, but there are many ways people make it and you can add other veggies as well. I had seen this one many years ago on a TV show and attempted it. Since then it's one of our favorites.

Here I usually make only with potatoes and cauliflower. Sometimes I do add Peas but not always. This time its just Aloo Gobi Tahiri or Tehri. It is very similar to making a veg pulao as mentioned but not all masala's go in this one. Its tasty and easy as well. Let's see how it's done. Step by step images uploaded right below the recipe for easy reference. 

While you are at this, don't forget to checkout other One Pot Meals on the blog.

Ingredients: Serves 4 
  • Rice 2 cups 
  • Potatoes cubed 1 medium 
  • Cauliflower separated into florets 1cup
  • Oil 2 tablespoons 
  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon 
  • 3 slit green chillies
  • Onion, chopped 1 medium 
  • Green peas shelled 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon 
  • Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Ghee 1 tsp (optional)
  1. Wash and soak rice for 15 to 20 minutes.  
  2. Heat oil in vessel, add cumin seeds and let it splutter 
  3. Add in the chopped onions along with slit green chillies & saute for 5 mins
  4. When they change colour, add potato, cauliflower and green peas (if using) and sauté on medium heat for two minutes. 
  5. Add the soaked rice, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix all well 
  6. Add 4 cups of hot water and bring to a boil. (see notes)
  7. Cover and cook on low heat for fifteen to twenty minutes or till rice is done. 
  8. Add 1 tsp ghee on top (optional) & garnish with chopped coriander.
  9. Serve hot with Achari Raita or any raita of your choice and pappad. 
  • Usually whole garam masala's are used in this, but at home we prefer Garam Masala powder instead. So feel free to use as a whole or powder. If using whole masala, make sure to add along with cumin seeds and let them splutter and fragrant. You can add Bay leaf 1 , Cinnamon 1 inch sticks, Black cardamom 1, Cloves 4-5 
  • Water ratio is always Rice: water (1:2). So if you use 1 cup rice, use the same cup to measure double water for cooking. So for 1 cup rice, you add 2 cups of hot water. 
  • Feel free to use other veggies, but I feel it then almost tastes like a veg pulao. Cauliflower, potato and peas are the perfect combo. 
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