Mumma’s Special – Tehri

Every year I can never feel like I’ve given back enough to this amazing woman, and the older I get the more I see how outstanding she truly is. Every child and adult that has been so lucky to have a wonderful parent in their life will say things such as “Best Maa IN the WORLD” and I wish that there was something more outstanding to say, but here’s a letter that will help me share how amazing this woman truly is…We meet different people in the journey of life making a difference to our lives, but there is a special someone who inspires us by giving us some precious insights. Apart from GOD, there are some angels who truly keep guiding us, the special ones whom we are blessed to find correcting us in our daily lives.

To the one who have been working harder day and night to take care of us, here is a token of my love to Our Angel Mumma for having gifted us love in abundance.

She gifted me the keys to unlock life’s useful guidelines; she is the medium who teach me ways to connect to divinity more closely at all times.

She is not just a mother but also a guide, a friend who could answer my queries. She believed in all the work I did by showing immense faith in me and my capabilities. If there is any way that I could offer my love to her, it’s only by walking on the glorious godly and loving path that she taught me since my teens when I met her.

She is a beautiful person in the lives of each one of us, youngsters as well as elders, an epitome of humility, sincerity, love and a true mother chosen by Bhagwan.

Maa Even at the worst of times, just a hug from you makes me feel calm but seriously, thanks for always being there for me and for always having the door open for me whenever I need to come home.

I just wish you all of the happiness in the world, because there is not enough love and happiness in existence to give you all you truly deserve.

Happy Mother’s Day Maa.

Sharing my favorite, that I always love to have no matter where I am, I am always ready for delicious tehri made by mumma. It’s is just awesome. Here goes the recipe, Enjoy!!



Tehri is a wholesome meal comprising of vegetables and rice. Traditionally Tehri was conceptualized with just potatoes, peas and rice but over time other vegetables made their way in leading to a more colorful, more delicious and more nutritious dish.


Ingredients –

1 cups jeera rice or basmati rice

1 large diced potato

1 chopped onion

2 cups peeled green peas

2 cups or 1 medium size cauliflower cut into florets and thoroughly washed

4 tablespoon oil

3 ½ cup water (to cook rice)

For Masala-

4 medium onions (for paste)

10-12 garlic cloves

1 inch ginger

2 black cardamom

1 green cardamom

1 teaspoon jeera

10-12 black pepper seeds

3 tablespoon coriander seeds

½ teaspoon red chilli powder

¾ teaspoon turmeric

2 bay leaves (Tejpatta)

2-3 cloves (laung)

1 dry red chilli

Salt to taste

3-4 teaspoon ghee (for serving)

Coriander (to garnish)

How to go about it –

For Dry Masala-

Grind black cardamom, green cardamom, jeera, black pepper seeds and keep aside.

For Paste –

Coarsely grind chopped onions, garlic cloves, ginger, coriander seeds, red chilli powder and turmeric.

For Preparing Rice –

  1. Wash rice several times, strain. Let it be in the strainer for 30 mins.(Do not soak)
  2. Heat oil in thick bottom pan, add tejpatta, dry red chilli and laung and fry it.
  3. Add chopped onions and cook till golden brown.
  4. Now add coarsely grind wet masala /paste and stir fry till oil separates.
  5. Add cauliflower florets and stir fry till it becomes soft.
  6. Add green peas and cook for 5-7 minutes stirring continuously.
  7. Now add soaked rice, mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add dry masala (prepared above), salt to taste and mix.
  9. Now transfer the contents to pressure cooker and add water.
  10. Close the lid and pressure cook till 2 whistles and then cook on low flame for 3-4 minutes.
  11. Turn off the gas; remove the cooker from gas rings. Let the cooker release steam and open on its own so that the tehri is nicely cooked.
  12. Top it with ghee, garnish with coriander.
  13. Serve hot with raita and slices tomatoes.


  • Use fresh spices.
  • Do not soak rice
  • I prefer jeera rice to make tehri but can also be made with basmati rice. Slight variation in water content will be there as per the quality of rice.
  • Keep stirring while making masala so that it doesn’t get stick to the bottom or burn.

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