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Similar to a pilaf, aloo ki tahari or spiced potato rice is a Pakistani / Indian vegetarian dish made with rice and potatoes. Other vegetables can be used but the most popular are potatoes. 
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5 from 7 votes

Aloo Tahari or Aloo Chawal

Aloo ki Tahari or Aloo Chawal is a simple vegetarian one-pot dish made with rice and potatoes.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pakistani
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Kiran


  • 2 cups or ½ kg basmati rice
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 10 - 12 black peppercorns
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds sufaid zeera
  • 2 black cardamom bari elaichi
  • 2 inch piece cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tomatoes cut into cubes
  • 4 - 6 medium potatoes cut into 6 – 8 pieces


  • Clean and wash rice. Soak for ½ hour, and set aside.
  • Heat oil.Fry onions for a few minutes till light golden.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, followed by whole spices (peppercorn, cloves, cumin seeds and cardamom). Saute for a minute and then add the powdered spices (coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric). Cook for 2 – 3 minutes, adding a splash of water if spices are sticking to the pan.
  • Add cubed tomatoes and potatoes. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, till tomatoes are soft.
  • Add rice with about 4 cups water. Add salt to taste and give it a stir.Cook on medium – high flame till water has almost evaporated.
  • Once the water has evaporated, add 2 – 3 green chilies on top. Close the lid and keep on low simmer (dum) till rice is cooked through.
  • Serve hot with raita on the side.


Other vegetables like beans or peas or cauliflower can be added to tahari based on personal taste.


Calories: 360kcal
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