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How to Make Vegetable Yogurt Rice (Vegetable Tahari)

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Vegetable tahari (vegetable rice cooked with curds)

Vegetable tahari (vegetable rice cooked with curds)

An Excellent Breakfast or Lunch

Vegetable tahari is a tasty and nurtritious meal with plenty of vegetables, whole spices, and curds. It is a special Avadhi dish from Uttar Pradesh, India.

Making this dish is very easy; it is a one-pot meal that can be made in just 40 minutes. I used French beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, but you can add or omit vegetables as you like.

This dish pairs well with cucumber-onion raita on the side. You can pack this dry food in a lunch box for school or a picnic, and enjoy the taste.

Now, let's learn how to make vegetable tahari.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup basmati rice, washed, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, cubed
  • 8 French beans, cut lengthwise
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 carrot, cubed
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste, or 1/4 inch ginger crushed with 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup curds or yogurt, medium sour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 tsp oil, I used 2 tsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped, for garnishing
  • 1/4 tsp amchur powder/dry mango powder (optional)
  • Pinch sugar (optional), to balance the flavors
  • Salt to taste
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Instructions

  1. Wash the rice well. Soak it in fresh water for 30 minutes and then strain.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker base or in a thick-bottomed pot. Add whole spices. Saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add green chilies and ginger-garlic paste. Saute for a few seconds. You will get a nice aroma from the roasted spices.
  4. Throw in chopped onions. Saute them till they become translucent.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes. Continue sauteing till they are a bit mushy.
  6. Add turmeric powder and chopped mint leaves. Saute for a while.
  7. Now, add vegetables. Throw in some salt. Mix well with the other ingredients. Saute on a medium-high heat for 1 minute.
  8. Add whisked curds. Stir the mix well. Let the mix boil for 1 minute.
  9. Add soaked rice. Continue stirring for 1-2 minutes. Add about 4 cups of water. Bring the mix to a boil.
  10. Add remaining salt, sugar (optional), pepper powder, and amchur powder (optional). Boil the mix for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Now, close the pressure cooker lid. Place the weight. Cook till 2 whistles. Simmer for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  12. Once the entire pressure releases naturally, open the lid. Fluff it with a fork.
  13. Serve as is, garnished with chopped coriander leaves, or serve with a cucumber-onion raita on the side. Enjoy this healthy and appetizing main course!

Photo Guide

Step one: Gather all the ingredients

Step one: Gather all the ingredients

Also, keep ready the curds (yogurt)

Also, keep ready the curds (yogurt)

Step two: Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Add whole spices. Saute for a minute.

Step two: Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Add whole spices. Saute for a minute.

Step three: Throw in chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, and slit green chilies. Continue sauteing till onions turn translucent.

Step three: Throw in chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, and slit green chilies. Continue sauteing till onions turn translucent.

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Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes, mint leaves, and turmeric powder. Saute till tomatoes become a bit mushy.

Step four: Throw in chopped tomatoes, mint leaves, and turmeric powder. Saute till tomatoes become a bit mushy.

Step five: Add vegetables. Also, add some salt. Continue stir-cooking for a minute.

Step five: Add vegetables. Also, add some salt. Continue stir-cooking for a minute.

Step six: Add curds. Mix well. Let the mix boil for a minute.

Step six: Add curds. Mix well. Let the mix boil for a minute.

The mix at this point.

The mix at this point.

Step seven: Add strained rice. Mix well. Stir-cook for some time.

Step seven: Add strained rice. Mix well. Stir-cook for some time.

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Step eight: Add about 4 cups of water. Bring the mix to a boil. Add remaining salt, pepper powder, sugar (optional), amchur powder (optional). Boil it for 2-3 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Step eight: Add about 4 cups of water. Bring the mix to a boil. Add remaining salt, pepper powder, sugar (optional), amchur powder (optional). Boil it for 2-3 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Step nine: Close the lid. Put cooker weight. Cook up to 2 whistles. Simmer for 4 minutes. Next, turn off the heat.

Step nine: Close the lid. Put cooker weight. Cook up to 2 whistles. Simmer for 4 minutes. Next, turn off the heat.

Open the lid, once the pressure releases naturally. Gently, fluff it with a fork.

Open the lid, once the pressure releases naturally. Gently, fluff it with a fork.

Serve it hot, garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves. Having a cucumber-onion raita on the side is a perfect pair to this dish.

Serve it hot, garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves. Having a cucumber-onion raita on the side is a perfect pair to this dish.

Enjoy the taste!

Enjoy the taste!

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