Tahiri Pulao- Quick One Pot Turmeric, Potatoes and Rice Dinner

I am a lover of any form of rice, I pretty much have been for whole my life and this super delicious, but super quick, rice and potatoes one-pot dinner is my favourite!


This quick dinner cooks in a flash and is my little one’s favourite too and leaves more time for me and Mr Q to catch up on Season 4 “House of Cards”, which have recently been available on Netflix without any commercial interruptions, what an exciting end of a busy day!!

So without any further delays let me tell you how to whip up this healthy one pot “no meat” dinner!

Did I say “No meat” dinner…. (I reckon I have)… alright, we have our carnivorous moments… but we also like to keep it healthy, which includes a couple of meat free days a week!!

So here is today’s recipe “Tahiri Pulao – Quick One Pot Turmeric, Potatoes and Rice dinner. I serve it with Raita and kachumber salad (chopped onion and tomato salad)…. A truly unique and delicious combination! A match made in haven.


Here is your printable recipe card and a quick video to inspire you!

Tahiri Pulao
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Tahiri Pulao is a traditional one Pot Turmeric, Potatoes and Rice dinner!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 people
  • 3 tbsp oil or half melted butter and half oil
  • 1/2 Onine, diced
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin (zeera)
  • 3 chunky Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce (skip if you cooking for kids)
  • 1/2 cup Passata or tomato sauce
  • 1 medium Tomato, chopped
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 5 Whole black pepper corn
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tbsp Paprika (or to taste)
  • 1 1/4 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Salt, (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala or Chinese 5 spice mix
  • 3-4 large Potates, cut into quarters
  • 2 cup Basmati Rice, I used Tilda
  • 1 Green chilli (optional)
  • Mint or Coriander to garnish
  • 4 1/4 cup hot water from the kettle
  1. In a large frying pan heat the oil and butter on a medium heat and add onions. Stir and fry for a minute or so...until translucent but no colour.  
  2. Add the cumin, garlic, ginger, paprika, turmeric, sriracha, tomatoes and tomato paste, chilli and stir fry it for another minute.
  3. Throw in the salt, pepper, cinnamon, garam masala, pepper corn and bay leaf.
  4. Now add potatoes and 1/2 cup hot water, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes on a medium heat.  
  5. Finally add the Rice and remaining hot water stir, cover and cook in a rice cooker for 20 minutes until the rice cooked and the green light appears.  Or if you cooking in a normal pot... stir and cook on medium heat but do not cover until you see 70% of the water disappeared and then you turn the heat to the lowest setting and let it cook covered for another 10 minutes.    
  6. Garnish with coriander or mint and Serve hot with Raita and onion-tomato salad...Enjoy! 

Hope you like it.




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