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.
Vegetables : potatoes, cauliflower, green peas, onions, tomatoes, 3 tablespoon Ghee, 1 tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste, 3 green chilies, Coriander Powder, turmeric powder, 1.5 cups basmati rice, 1 tej patta, 4 green cardamoms, 2 black cardamoms, 4 to 5 cloves, 2 sticks cinnamon
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.