You must have tried this Tahiri Recipe if you are from South Asia, especially if you are from Pakistan or India.  A tasty vegetable rice pulao called Tahari Rice is ideal for a quick dinner because it is aromatic, simple to make, totally comforting, and actually rather healthful.

 

Tahiri is a type of yellow rice prepared with either potatoes or meat. In Pakistan and India, this is the dish that people most frequently eat during lunch. There are several more names for this dish among the locals, such as Tehri, Tehari, and Aloo walay chawal.

It’s a basic and straightforward dish that anyone can whip up in minutes with just a few pantry ingredients. When combined with rice, potatoes produce a unique flavor and scent that is ideal for serving lunch or dinner.

People prepare it differently based on their region and personal preference. Some people prefer it white since they do not use turmeric powder, while others use it for the yellow hue of the rice, which distinguishes it from other Indian rice recipes.

Basmati rice and starchy potatoes are used to make turmeric potato rice or aloo ki tahari. It is a type of vegetable pulao that can be served alongside kabab and raita.

Hyderabadi tahiri is renowned for its distinctive flavor and scent. Similarly, Bengali tahari is renowned for using meat during cooking.

With only a few significant differences in cooking procedures and techniques, all tahari recipes are essentially the same.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

Here are some reasons why you like this recipe:

  • It is a delicious, aromatic, and healthy dish.
  • It’s so simple to make and only uses easy-to-find ingredients.
  • The turmeric potato rice (Potato Tahiri) is equally as versatile. It can be made with any combination of vegetables and spices you like, and it’s easy to customize it by adding or subtracting certain ingredients depending on what you have on hand or what you’re in the mood for.
  • Fresh vegetables can be substituted with frozen ones, any available vegetable should be included. Tahari rice is often served with peas, cauliflower, carrots, and potato. But you can just use potatoes.
  • Don’t have any cumin seeds? You can even omit that!
  • It’s the perfect recipe to make for any occasion, especially for a family gathering.
  • At the dinner table, it has traditionally been a much-loved meal.

What Is Turmeric?

As with ginger, turmeric is also a rhizome (a tuber) and thus turmeric and ginger belong to the same family. The powder is produced from the bright yellow root and is occasionally used to color food. When working with it, exercise caution because it will stain! Not spicy, turmeric is commonly used in curry.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric?

The jury is still out on turmeric’s exact health benefits. Curcumin, found in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These are beneficial for many things, including improving brain function and battling cancer and heart problems. But turmeric only has 3% curcumin, and curcumin isn’t very well absorbed by the body. Nevertheless, regardless of whether turmeric possesses amazing healing properties, it is still a healthy addition to food.

Here are some other turmeric health prosperities:

Antioxidant: Curcumin is an antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals which can cause DNA mutations.

Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that are comparable to those of several anti-inflammatory medications, including cortisone and phenylbutazone without the negative side effects.

Cancer Prevention: Curcumin prevents the carcinogenic properties of cigarette smoke, barbecue smoke, and all forms of smoke.

Liver-Protective: It has been demonstrated that curcumin protects the liver and is highly effective in boosting bile release, which aids in the digestion of fat.

Super Brain Functions: Curcumin slows mental decline. By eliminating the brain’s amyloid plaque buildup, it may stop the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or at least reduce its progression.

Wound Healing: Cuts and burns are protected from infection by natural antiseptic and antibacterial substances in turmeric.

Natural Pain Killer: Reduces the perception of chronic pain naturally. More of this, please!

Kills the bad guys: There are various harmful fungi and bacteria that curcumin is effective at killing, such as Streptococcus, Entamoeba histolytics, and several other bacteria.

Reduce Depression: A key component of Chinese medicine for boosting mood in depressive conditions.

Promote Weight Loss: Aids in weight management and fat metabolism.

Skin Healing: inflammatory, Psoriasis, and other skin disorders may be helped both internally and topically.

Increase the Effects of Cancer Drugs: Research has revealed that turmeric can increase the effects of the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel and lessen its adverse effects.

ingredients for potato turmeric rice

Ingredients’ Descriptions

  • Basmati Rice – Long-grain aromatic basmati rice is the best! They are light on the stomach, very flavorful, and fragrant. 
  • Potatoes – Potatoes and rice are the best combinations of tahiri! So flavorful and light! 
  • Onions – Yellow onions work best for this rice. 
  • Tomatoes – Red juicy tomatoes, add the perfect zingy flavor. 
  • Green chilies – Fresh green chilies are the best! 
  • Roasted cumin seeds – Roasty nutty flavor, aids digestion, and adds the perfect aroma! 
  • Paprika- My personal favorite ingredient! Adds color. 
  • Turmeric – One of the main ingredients! As tahiri is supposed to be yellow, turmeric adds the perfect color and warmth to the dish.
  • Salt – According to your taste!
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How To Make Turmeric Potato Rice (Tahiri Recipe)?

  1. Rice should be rinsed, washed, and soaked for about 20 minutes in water before cooking. 
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add onions, tomatoes, and green chilies. 
  3. Fry them for about two to four minutes until the tomatoes are a bit soft! 
  4. Add in the potatoes and fry for another 3 – 4 minutes. 
  5. Add in all the spices in the fried veggies and give them a good mix. 
  6. You’ll add water according to the amount of soaked rice, so if you’ve soaked one cup of rice, you’ll add two cups of water. 
  7. So the ratio is 1:2, one part rice and two parts water! 
  8. When the water comes to a boil, add in the rice and let them simmer on medium flame. 
  9. Until the water has almost evaporated, put the lid on. 
  10. Keep the rice on the dam for about 10 minutes or until the rice is done on low flame.
  11. After the rice is done, serve them with some vegan yogurt!
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Storage And Reheating

This rice dish is simple to make in big quantities, and it keeps well in the fridge. Simply place the rice in sealed containers and reheat it in the microwave to enjoy later! By far, this is the finest method for keeping your rice moist and fresh.

When preparing meals on a weekly basis, you can keep them in airtight containers or zip-top bags; just make sure to remove air as much as you can before sealing the bag. Keep refrigerated for up to one week

Reheated rice with a little splash of water on top, and it should be stirred every 30 – 50 seconds in a medium-power microwave until it is hot.

Tips And Tricks

  • The best rice to use is basmati. This dish has only been tested with basmati rice, however, you can use any long-grain rice.
  • Rice should be soaked for at least 20 minutes. Rice grains swell as a result of moisture absorption during their soak. They cook well while expanding. You will therefore receive fluffy, well-cooked long grain rice with turmeric.
  • To avoid making sticky, gooey rice, wash the rice to remove any dust and extra starch. Simply rinse the rice with cold water through a fine-mesh strainer until the water flows clear.
  • Make use of any fresh or frozen vegetables you have available.
  • Be sure to adhere to a 1:2 ratio at all times. If you’re making one cup of rice, you’ll need two cups of stock or water.
  • To cook rice, always bring water or stock to a boil first.
  • During the cooking process, don’t stir the rice. The grains can become broken and mushy if you stir frequently.
  • The most important step is to leave your rice covered for 10 minutes after turning off the heat. Keep the lid closed.
  • To prevent the grains from sticking together, carefully mix and lift the rice with a spoon or thin spatula.

Some Variations

You can enjoy this delicious potato rice just as is, or for variety and pleasure, you can try it in several other ways.

  • Try pairing potatoes with peas, carrots, or corn.
  • Taco seasoning can be used to make this rice in place of the cumin and turmeric.
  • To add more crunch and taste, sprinkle some toasted nuts over top.
  • Use fresh herbs such as mint, coriander, and basil to infuse the dish with vibrant tastes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Rice Is Best To Make This Dish?

The best rice to use while making turmeric potato rice is basmati since the grains come out fluffy and separated. Additionally, the flavor and aroma of basmati rice complement those of the components in the recipe for turmeric potato rice.

However, this recipe works with any type of rice.

Do You Need To Soak The Rice?

If you are cooking rice on the stove, I recommend soaking it for 20 minutes. However, there is only a brief water rinse required after cooking with an instant pot.

Can You Use Any Other Vegetables?

Yes! Tahari rice is traditionally prepared with cauliflower, peas, potatoes, and carrots. However, you may use any vegetables you have on hand—fresh or frozen—and they will all work well in this dish. I have used just potatoes.

Is It Possible To Freeze Cooked Turmeric Potato rice?

Yes, cooked turmeric potato rice can be frozen. I’d recommend using it up in a month. Thoroughly defrost and reheat, but avoid reheating more than once.

What To Serve With Potato And Rice?

This turmeric potato rice dish would make the ideal side dish for a comforting regular dinner or a holiday feasting table centerpiece. Serve it alongside a crisp salad and our delectable Vegan Tzatziki Sauce.

These potato rice can also be served as a side dish with Chickpea Stew (Vegan, Gluten-free) or Masoor Dal Recipe.

 

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 270 kcal / 1129 kJ
  • Fat: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Carbs: 58.4 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 20 min
  • Cooking: 25 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • For: 6 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Rice should be rinsed, washed, and soaked for about 20 minutes in water before cooking. 
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add onions, tomatoes, and green chilies. 
  3. Fry them for about two to four minutes until the tomatoes are a bit soft! 
  4. Add in the potatoes and fry for another 3 - 4 minutes. 
  5. Add in all the spices in the fried veggies and give them a good mix. 
  6. You'll add water according to the amount of soaked rice, so if you've soaked one cup of rice, you'll add two cups of water.
  7. 2, one part rice and two parts water! 
  8. When the water comes to a boil, add in the rice and let them simmer on medium flame. 
  9. Until the water has almost evaporated, put the lid on. 
  10. Keep the rice on the dam for about 10 minutes or until the rice is done on low flame.
  11. After the rice is done, serve them with some vegan yogurt!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.