Pulao & Pachadi

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Coconut milk Pachadi/ Raita: 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 large tomato, finely chopped 1 cucumber , finely chopped (optional) 1 cup Coconut milk. Salt to taste. For Tempering 1 tbsp oil 1tsp Cumin seeds Pinch of asafoetida 1 tsp red chilli powder /kashmiri chilli powder. Veg Pulao/ Tehari: 1 Cup rice, soaked and drained 3 cups of water 1 large onion, roughly chopped 1 large tomato, roughly chopped 1 tbsp grated ginger 5-6 garlic cloves, grated 2 medium size potato, cubed 50 gram carrot, cubed ½ cup peas 5-7 baby corn ( optional), chopped 50g cauliflower ( in seasons), floret head Handful of spinach 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tbsp coriander powder 1 tsp garam masala ( Indian ground spice) or any Curry masala for flavour 1 tbsp oil 1 tsp of cumin seeds 1 bay leaf 1 star anise 2 green cardamom 1 inch cinnamon stick Salt to taste


Coconut milk Pachadi/ Raita: Add all the ingredients for the pachadi together and give a mix. Heat oil in a pan, add all the ingredients for tempering and just pour on the pachadi. Veg Pulao/ Tehari: Heat oil in a pot and add cumin seeds, bay leaf, star anise, green cardamom pod, cinnamon stick & stir for 30 seconds, let the cumin seeds splutter Add onion and stir till it becomes translucent. Add in grated ginger and garlic. Stir for another 30 seconds or till the aroma of garlic and ginger can be smelt. Add all the vegetables and turmeric, coriander powder and garam masala, stir it so that all the powder is mixed with the vegetables. Cook the rice for 20 mins or till the water is soaked up. Let it stand for another 15 mins and serve hot. Enjoy with pachadi, pickle & papad.


This is a comfort food of India especially in north India. Veg pulao also locally known as tehari is a rice based dish made with lots of vegetables like peas, potatoes, carrot, beans, baby corn, corn, spinach or any green basically any vegetable in your kitchen can happily go into tehari. It’s a low maintenance dish :-) which means when you don’t feel like making anything, make tehari, just dump in some veggies and rice with a few spices and it tastes heavenly. Its travel friendly dish & bachelors love making it as its a one-pot meal. Traditionally pachadi is made with dairy curd but it tastes much better ( You bet) when you make it with coconut milk

Source: Kirti Yadav