How to Make Vegetable Yogurt Rice (Vegetable Tahari)

Updated on March 16, 2018
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An Excellent Breakfast or Lunch

I prefer to serve my family with a healthy breakfast or lunch. I believe the food we use should be nutritious and tasty as well.

This vegetable tahari is one such dish that has plenty of vegetables, whole spices, and curds. This is a special Avadhi dish from Uttar Pradesh, India.

Making this dish is very easy. This is a one-pot meal that can be made in 40 minutes. I used french beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions. You can add or delete a few vegetables of your choice here.

Serving this with cucumber-onion raita on the side is a great combination, as they make a perfect pair. 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.

Vegetable Tahari/Vegetable Rice Cooked With Curds

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup Basmati rice, washed, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup green peas, fresh/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 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • whole spices, 1 bay leaf, 3 cloves, 2 cardamom, 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, I used
  • a pinch sugar, optional, to balance the taste
  • salt to taste

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images For Making Vegetable Tahari

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

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.
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.
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!

Nutritional Information of Vegetable Tahari

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 80
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 28 g9%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 8 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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