Will Tehri do?
When stuck with the question of what should we eat tonight, the response is another question, ‘Will Tehri do?’
The very next day we came back from our Diwali trip this year, I was in the kitchen making Tehri. It was a spontaneous decision and in my mind, I was still at home around family. Hot out of the pressure cooker, yellow with turmeric, soy nuggets on top, overcooked potato and that smell of mustard oil makes this one pot rice meal unique.
Very popular in the eastern states of UP and Bihar, it is on the dinner table more than twice a week. As far as I can remember, when there was nothing at home or we wanted something other than the usual food, Mum was seen preparing this. Whether there are vegetables or not, rice, onions, and tomatoes are enough to give this meal the flavor.
When I first spoke of Tehri, as expected VT hadn’t heard of it. Till date, he calls the dish Taahiri. However, it’s never about the name. It’s the food that makes its way into the heart – either through simple preparation or by its taste.
You cannot go wrong with the dish. As long as there is salt, everything is edible. I remember scraping burnt rice from the bottom of the pressure cooker but with salt, even that tastes well. Have it along with mint chutney , curd or lal mirch achaar – an afternoon nap is much better after a plate of Tehri.
Have you heard of Tehri? Will it do for you?
For Day 5 of #NaBloPoMo, I am writing about one of my favorite food.