Easy Recipe for Tahiri Vegetable Pulao – How to Make Tahari

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Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by

This Tahiri Vegetable Pulao is a flavorful rice dish that is a perfect complement to any meal. This particular pulao recipe is a part of the Awadhi cuisine of Uttar Pradesh, and it’s the vegan version of tehri that’s loaded with complex carbs, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

I had made this aromatic vegetable pulao when I made a mini thali way back at the end of 2016, but I’ve only posted the Nimona Ki Matar and Sookhi Ki Dal. It’s time to complete the thali.

Over the next month, I have the Lucknowi Chicken Curry and Nimish scheduled. Then all you’ll need is the paratha to complete your thali and I will be posting that soon also!

Even with not all the recipes posted yet, a complete meal can be had with just this Taheri, Sookhi Tadka Dal, and Matar Ka Nimona our Mangodi.

Making a thali is an interesting way to challenge yourself to learn the intricacies of just one Indian cuisine. I love discovering the subtle differences that occur from one state to the next and sometimes major differences that occur between North Indian cuisine and Southern cuisine.

Tahiri - Uttar Pradesh Style - Tahiri Vegetable Pulao ready to serve

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What is a Tahiri Vegetable Pulao?

A pulao is a rice-based dish that includes assorted vegetables, and sometimes, meat. With a vegan vegetable pulao, it’s basically rice, spices, and veggies.

A vegetable pulao is cooked through an absorption method. The rice and the vegetables in the dish will absorb all the water completely. All the spices give the rice flavor and color.

What is the Difference Between Veg Pulao and Veg Biryani?

In a vegetable biryani, the dish is cooked by draining instead of letting the ingredients absorb the water. The rice is only parboiled, and then you’ll drain the remaining water.

Contrary to popular belief, both the pulao and the biryani have vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants.

What is the Difference Between Tehri and Pulao?

Tehri— also known as tahari, tehari, or tahri—is a yellow rice dish. The basic cooking style is to add spices to cooked rice to give it flavor and color. One popular version of tahari has potatoes added in.

Meanwhile, traditional pulao is prepped by cooking the spices and the veggies and/or meat with the rice.

In the Uttar Pradesh version of vegetable pulao, it’s like tahari in the sense that it has potatoes, but it also has many other kinds of vegetables in it.

What to Eat with Tahari

This flavorful veg pulao is a perfect complement to any curry or even grilled meats…or if you’d prefer to keep it vegetarian, try it with some Paneer Tikka!

You may also enrich your Tahari experience by pairing it with slices of raw daikon or radish, or with some coriander chutney.

For a fuller Indian cuisine experience, try this Uttar Pradesh vegetable pulao in a Thali.

What is a Thali?

A Thali is a complete Indian meal that includes 10 or more dishes. Some of the typical dishes are:

  • Grains — either rice or flatbread
  • Vegetables — usually according to the season
  • Chutney — a condiment made of fruits, species, herbs, and sometimes, vegetables
  • Lentils
  • Pickles — some regions use raw mango for these pickles
  • Papadum — this is a savory snack that’s made with flour, rice, or lentils

Indian Thali’s

Here are some of the thali’s I’ve done in the past.

Tahiri Vegetable Pulao with UP Thali

Below is a photo of an amazing Thali I had. I love the Uttar Pradesh vegetable pulao right at the center and how it goes so well with the rest of the dishes.

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All the aromatic spices make this easy vegetable pulao hard to resist!

Ingredients for this Indian Vegetable Pulao

  • mustard oil
  • bay leaves
  • cinnamon stick
  • cloves
  • black cardamom
  • green cardamom pods
  • ginger garlic paste
  • tomato
  • ground turmeric
  • red chile powder
  • ground coriander
  • garam masala
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • frozen green peas
  • Basmati rice
  • salt
  • lemon juice
  • cilantro leaves

How to Make Vegetable Pulao

  • Cook the spices in oil.
  • Add the veggies and water. Let steam.
  • Add the rice and let it cook.
  • Add the lemon juice and mix.
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You can eat this tahiri vegetable pulao by itself, as it already contains loads of fiber, vitamins, and minerals from all the veggies and spices.

It’s an energy booster too, with high amounts of protein from the green peas and complex carbs from the potatoes.


  • You can make this tahari recipe in an Instant Pot if you have one.
  • You may use canned green peas instead of frozen.
  • Also, you can use frozen, cut-up, and ready-to-cook carrots and potatoes for a quicker prep time.

How to Store Your Vegetable Tehri

You can keep your veg tehri in an airtight container and refrigerate it. It can last for 2-3 days.

You also have the option to freeze your vegetable pulao just as you would other rice dishes.

  • Pack your vegetable tahari in a microwave-safe container.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Once the pulao has cooled, seal the container and store it in the freezer.

How Long Does Frozen Tahiri Vegetable Pulao Last?

You can store the pulao in the freezer for up to a month.

How To Reheat Frozen Veg Pulao

  • Take out your vegan pulao from the freezer.
  • Open the container’s lid.
  • Loosely cover the container with a paper towel.
  • Microwave the dish until the rice is hot all the way through.

Other Vegan Indian Recipes

One delish curry to pair with your vegetable pulao is this Black Eyed Peas Curry. It includes a cilantro masala that packs it with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

If it turns out you got many more black eyed peas in your pantry, you can make these Gluten Free Black Eyed Pea Fritters. They’re great for parties or even as a solo afternoon snack.

Love rice so much? Make this South Indian Spiced Rice with Sesame and Coconut. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll be surprised you can finish a bowl full of this by itself!

Tahiri - Uttar Pradesh style Vegetable Pulao
Taheri - UP style Vegetable Pulao
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Tahiri – Uttar Pradesh Style Vegetable Pulao Recipe

This version of Tahiri is a popular dish from Uttar Pradesh. Enjoy this Vegetable Pulao loaded with many kinds of veggies and spices and filled with nutrients, color, and flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 368kcal


  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 black cardamom
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 cup peeled and diced potatoes
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 ½ cups Basmati rice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chopped cilantro leaves optional garnish


  • Heat oil in a pot. Add bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom and green cardamom. Fry until it becomes fragrant.
  • Add ginger garlic paste. Fry for 1 minute. Add tomato and dry spices.
  • Add vegetables and ¼ cup water. Cover the pot and let the vegetables steam for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add rice. salt and 2 ½ cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes, until rice is tender.
  • Add lemon juice and stir to combine.


Any variety of vegetables can be used. Cauliflower and green beans are often commonly used.


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 535mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5711IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. That is a mouthwatering thali! Photos have come out really good and like the new look of the blog, looks like you made a few changes here and there.

  2. A mouthwatering and colorful pulao there. I always find that black cardamom is too pungent to my taste. Would love to know your experience with black cardamom. I agree that preparing a thali is very challenging.

  3. I did not know that a thali represented dishes from the same region (province?). I noticed that you wrote black cardamom but green cardamom pod. When a recipe calls for cardamom is it left whole, cracked/pounded? Does it matter? Are the seeds in a cardamom ever used alone?
    I was planning to make an Indian meal tomorrow. I have paneer to use in the main dish and now have vegetable rice!

    • The recipe uses both black and green cardamom. The cardamom is used whole without being cracked. In some recipes, usually dessert recipes only the seeds may be used. You must let me know how you enjoy the rice.

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