Tehri/ Tahari/ Tahri By Aparna Bose

This is a popular North Indian one pot dish, usually cooked in pressure cooker. Tehri can be made with vegetables or meat with mild spices, mostly whole spices. My grandmother would mostly cook the vegetarian version, that too without onion, and it tasted fabulous. During the lock-down period (Corona pandemic), recipes like these are quite a saviour really, and I’m grateful to my mother and grandmother for handing down the tips and tricks to face challenges like these.








Aparna Bose is a home cook and also the Proprietor of Gograshe – a food catering organization. Apart from her elegant persona, her pen can weave elegant verses too. Doting mother of two sons — a human and a furry one.

  • 1 cup rice (long grained better)
  • 2 cups +half cup water
  • Salt and sugar as per requirement
  • Ghee
  • White oil
    Whole spices for tempering
  • Cardamom-4
  • Clove-2
  • Cinnamon- 2 inch(broken)
  • Jeera (Cumin) or shah-jeera
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Dried red chilli- 2(optional)
  • Tej patta (Bay leaves) -4
  • Ginger paste- half teaspoon
  • Cauliflower florets- 8 to 10
  • Potatoes- 2 medium quartered
  • Beans- 6 or 7
  • Peas -handful
  • Carrot- one (cut longitudinally)
  • Chopped green chillies (optional)
  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • Wash the vegetables , apply some salt, a pinch of turmeric and keep aside
  • In a pressure cooker heat some white oil, add the tej patta and the whole garam masala, jeera, peppercorns. Let them splutter.
  • Add the vegetables and saute on a high flame for half a minute . Add the ginger paste and keep stirring on a low flame for a few minutes. Raw smell should go away before adding the rice.
  • Drain the soaked rice properly and add in the cooker. Adjust salt and sugar and stir nicely on a high flame.
  • Once the veggies and rice are mixed well add water. If you have soaked the rice for half an hour then add 2 cups . If rinsing and using immediately then 2 and a half cup please.
  • Close the lid with whistle on. After the first whistle turn the knob to sim and let it cook for another 6 to 7 minutes . Turn off the gas.
  • Release the pressure , open the lid, fluff up the rice, add a generous amount of ghee .
  • Garnish with some chopped coriander or parsley and serve with papad or raita.

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