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Aloo Matar Ki Tehri(Instant Pot Method)

Tehri or Tahri call it by any name, is a one pot meal made with rice and vegetables cooked in aromatice Indian whole spices with desi ghee/mustard oil. Serve with raita, pickle or chutney or even plain yogurt. Instant Pot Method of making Aloo Matar Ki Tehri.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Tahri, Tehri
Servings: 4
Author: Swati


  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Soya Granules/Nutrela
  • 1 Potato Medium
  • 1/2 Cup Peas (Fresh/Frozen)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion(Medium)
  • 1-2 Whole Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick(small)
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Black peppercorns
  • 1-2 Black Cardamom
  • 2 tbsp Oil/Desi Ghee/Mustard Oil
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp Red Chilli Powder optional
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak rice in enough water. 
  • Roughly chop Onions and tomatoes.
  • In a pan heat water, once the water starts boiling add 1/4 tsp , add soya granules to it. Switch off the flame and let the granules soak in water for few minutes. Strain the granules and keep aside.

Making it in Instant Pot

  • Switch on the saute mode of Instant pot on high for 10 minutes.
  • Add oil/ghee, when it warms up(the screen shows hot), add cumin seeds and other whole spices. 
  • When the aroma from the spices starts coming, add onions and whole green chillies. You can also finely chop chillies.
  • When the onions start turning translucent, add tomatoes and cook till it starts getting soft. 
  • Add garam masala powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix nicely.
  • Add the potatoes. peas and soya granules and mix with onion tomato masala. 
  • Drain the water from the rice and mix with the veggie masala. Add salt and mix well.
  • Cancel the saute mode add water just enough to soak rice. 
  • Cover the lid and set the pressure cook mode(high) with timer for 5 minutes. 
  • Once the timer goes off cancel the pressure cook mode, release the pressure, and open the lid. Fluff rice lightly, with fork.
  • Serve hot with  choice of raita/yogurt and spoonful of desi ghee on it.


Please note the total time in cooking the dish may be longer than 5 minutes. When I say Cooking time  5 minutes, it is the time after IP comes to pressure and the timer beeps for start pressure cook mode. The total time to come to pressure may vary as per the quantity in the inner pot. 
Also,  when using Mustard oil, heat the oil to its smoking point, cool it a bit and then add the whole spices. You can heat oil in a separate pan and then add to inner pot for preparing tehri.
5 minutes for cooking when the rice is soaked for a minimum of 20 minutes. If you are adding rice without any soaking time for soaking just for 5 minutes, increase the time to 7-8 minutes. 
Rice mode is also used to cook Rice but I prefer cooking rice on pressure cook mode.