Tahiri or teheri is a rice preparation made with vegetables , a perfect one pot meal which is usually served with raita ....it is cooked like a pulav but addition of a lot of vegetables make it healthier , it has been a childhood favorite for me n my husband both but the flavors we like in a tahiri are different ( unfortunately )...he likes it a little bland , with potatoes n peas essentially and smelling of ghee , while i like it very spicy with lots of vegetables into it....needless to say i have to make it somewhat in between , not too spicy not to bland and i find it very easy to sneak in a lot of veggies into it by adding vegetables of different types , like here the potatoes and cauliflower pieces retain their shape while the spinach and dill greens get wilted n mixed up with rice to give it a nice green color.....this kind of a preparation is a good way to make anybody ( especially children) eat a lot of vegetables without even realizing.......it is actually a great way of eating a lot of vegetables with small quantity of rice...........
This time we enjoyed it with akhrot ki chutny which is a kashmiri specialty....i used to love it at one of my aunt's place where it was served with biryanis and dry roasts....later on i made many versions of this akhrot ki chutny adding ginger n green chillies to it because i did not remember exactly how my aunt used to make it....recently i found this recipe by Gaurav and it tasted exactly like that one i had been craving for.........and it's much simpler too.........it is a regular chutny at my place this season ( we eat more walnuts in winters out of habit ).........
ingredients for the tahiri ...
cauliflower florets 10-12 nos.
potatoes cubed 2 nos.
green chillies chopped 2 tbsp
ginger julienne 2 tbsp
spinach leaves chopped finely ( or processed ) 3 cups
dill leaves chopped 1 cup
shahi jeera 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds 1 tsp
black pepper corns crushed coarsely 1 tbsp
star anise 1 flower
cinnamon stick 1 no.
cloves 4 nos.
black cardamom crushed lightly 1 no.
salt to taste
oil or ghee 1 tbsp
everyday curry powder ( or a mix of coriander , cumin , black pepper n bay leaf in 4:2:2:1 ratio powdered together ) 2 tsp
procedure for tahiri...
heat oil in a pan ..... i use a special pan meant for biryanis which is a flat base aluminium pan with tight fitting lid ....throw in all the whole spices and the cut vegetables together and stir fry till the aroma of whole spices comes through n the veggies look slightly translucent ..
add the green chillies , ginger julienne and the rice and stirfry till the rice gets fragrant ...about 2-3 minutes ...add the powder spices , mix well and turn a couple of times and then tip in the chopped greens......mix well and let the greens wilt and mixed up...
add salt and a cup of boiling water ( double the quantity of rice ) , mix well and cover ...let it cook on lowest possible heat for 10 minutes or till cooked....let it rest for another 5 minutes and serve hot with a raita or salad and chutny...
ingredients for akhrot ki chutny...
walnuts 100 gm
curds 150 gm
salt to taste
red chilly powder 1-2 tsp as per taste
water if required to adjust the consistency
to make the chutny... just powder the walnuts in a mixie first , them mix all the other ingredients and give it a quick mix...it's ready to be savored with a tahiri , a biryani or any kind of tandoori tikka etc...addition of grated radish to this chutny tastes yummy but it should be added at the time of serving as it can not be stored in the fridge....without adding radish the chutny can stay fresh for a couple of days in fridge.....
enjoy a simple and healthy tahiri with a decadent chutny....