If you are a North Indian, you will be very familiar with Tehri/ Tahri☺️..it’s a famous winter staple. We specially wait for all kinds of fresh winter produce to go ahead and make this! It’s my absolute favourite variety among all rice preparations👌👌😁
It’s such a rustic combination of freshest veggies…some fragrant spices and rice! I believe it can be anyone’s favourite one-pot meal….soul food for me though! I usually have it with some Raita & Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney.…a really fabulous combo…
I always follow my Mom’s delicious recipe….I make no changes! Doesn’t need any…it’s just too good😘
Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe…
Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, a lid for the wok.
1 cup basmati rice (washed & soaked for approx 20 mins)
2 cups cleaned, dried & roughly cubed mixed veggies (I use carrots, peas, potato, paneer, French beans, cauliflower, etc….anything you like)
1 cup sliced onions
1 nos. slit green chilli
1 tsp ginger paste
a handful of mixed whole spices – an inch piece of cinnamon stick, 2-3 black cardamom, 2-3 green cardamom, 1 bay leaf, 2-4 cloves, 4-5 black peppercorns.
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp each of coriander & cumin pwd
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
water as needed to cook the rice
salt to taste
3 tbsp refined oil + 1 tbsp pure ghee
chopped coriander leaves to garnish.
Heat oil & ghee in the wok. Then add all the whole spices, Jeera & hing. Let these splutter for a few mins. Then add the slit green chilli & sliced onions. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown. Then add the cubed veggies, salt & other spices mentioned above along with Garam masala & ginger paste. Mix well and cook for 7-8 mins on medium flame.
Then add the soaked rice. Keep sautéing for a couple of mins. Then add enough water so that it just covers the top of the rice and veggies but not too much. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 8-10 mins. Open the cover and give it a stir. The water will have been absorbed by now, turn off the flame, cover and let it rest for 5 mins before it serving piping hot! Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and a dash of lime juice!
Give it a try…and you will love it!
P.S. Non- Vegetarians can add chicken/meat in place of veggies and follow the same recipe…you will end up with a great one-pot meal!