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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. 

Aloo Tahari or Aloo Chawal

Aloo ki Tahari or Aloo Chawal is a simple vegetarian one-pot dish made with rice and potatoes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Pakistani
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 360kcal


  • 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.