Chicken Tahri

There are times when sudden sparks come to your heart and mind, when you least expect it to come and it tends to leave you in a difficult situation. Last week, while on my little change of atmosphere, as I was immersed in a lot of thoughts, a series of happenings very unexpectedly came to my mind, which really disturbed me. Aren’t there some incidents in our life, that we love to think about as it made us happy, however you would prefer to keep them on the sidelines to keep your life the way it is? As my mind got perturbed, I recited a few prayers and asked Him to take care of my thoughts and keep them where they are supposed to be. As we finished our prayers, the kids and I walked out slowly towards our location. Suddenly, Rasha stopped at her place and flashed a huge smile. Pointing up, she said, “Ummi, can you see that? Doesn’t it look beautiful?” As I looked up, I could see a crescent moon and a star in the dark black sky, with the moon on the right and the star on the right, without nothing else in sight. It was a really pretty sight. I smiled to myself and kissed Rasha lightly. As it is always, Allah has His own beautiful ways of brightening up our thoughts… Alhamdulillah! πŸ™‚


A recipe I tried over one of my Fridays and was so mightily pleased was this special chicken pulao recipe that I had adopted from Humi’s space. I love pressure cooker recipes that can be made quickly without much time waste, and if it tastes so good that it sounds to all that you have slogged in the kitchen, then nothing like it!!! This is one dish that I would surely make often during my lazy days… πŸ™‚ Off to the way I made it…



Chicken Tahri

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 1/2 cups basmati rice washed and drained
  • 1 kg chicken cut into medium pieces and washed
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 3 pcs cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 8 peppercorn
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 4 green chillies slit
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups water


  • Heat ghee and oil in the pressure cooker. Add the whole masalas and fry till a nice aroma comes.
  • Add the onion and saute till almost brown.
  • Add the ginger and garlic pastes and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the masala powders and salt and saute for a couple of hours.
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are mushy.
  • At this stage add in the chicken. Cook the chicken till stock starts coming out of it.
  • Slit the chillies, add the coriander leaves and give it a mix.
  • Now add the rice and the water, close the lid of the cooker.
  • Cook on high flame for one whistle, reduce the flame and leave for around 10 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Fluff up the rice before serving. Serve warm with some raita!


If cooking in an open pan, add around 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice. I added only 1 cup of water for pressure cooking, as the stock from the chicken and the liquids from the tomato compensated for the lack of water and cooked the rice perfect.

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  1. Simple and delicious

    1. Thank you so much Shobana…

    1. Thank you so much Babi…

  2. Wow..looks yummy Rafee. This dish is new to me. Wish i can taste it now

    1. Thank you so much Suhaina…

  3. for sure, rice cooked so tastes great with all the flavours in and the best part..its done in no time ! not sure y, but i call these,..khabsa. Was really tied up these days ..cudnt even reply to my blog comments. U keeping well..deary ?

    1. Khabsa is an Arabised version of this dish, I suppose… I'm doing first class dear, thank u 4 asking! Hugs…

  4. quick and easy cooker biriyani-type rite rafeeda. looks yumm

    1. Thank you so much Sherin…

  5. This is a delicious rice I know.. I had made this once sometime last year and forgot of it completely… Yours looks really delicious Rafee…
    Take care

    1. Thank you so much Rekha…

  6. easy to make and delicious biryani,

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  7. Flavorful and yummy!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  8. Looks too good.. Quick and easy..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  9. Looks delicious Rafee. Thanks for the mention dear.

    1. My pleasure Humi!

  10. very flavorful and delicious dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asha… πŸ™‚

  11. Delicious rice rafee.with my favorite chicken wow

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  12. looks amazing… tempting…gorgeous clicks..

    1. Thank you so much Divya…

  13. Looks so yummy…last week I was thinking to prepare then I changed….I will try your…

    1. U shud try Resna… hopefully u will like it…

  14. delicious biriyani rafee…..

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  15. kollaam…adipoli…kothichu poyi..enji ondakkiye adangu πŸ™‚ …may be over the weekend

    1. Try cheyyanenkil ariyikkane… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot, Anupa…

  16. Simply delicious and inviting Meal it!

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  17. looks very tempting.

    1. Thank you so much Linsy…

  18. Never try tahari with chicken…tempting and inviting…

    1. Thank you so much Bhawna…

  19. Very tempting dish. So inviting Rafee. Kothiyayitu Vayya.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  20. Seriously tahri is just fabulous and makes me hungry..

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  21. Quick and easy version with pressure cooker……..very tempting and delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  22. One day u will publish a book for biriyanis alone that would be really a hit Rafee.
    Tahri looks awesome.

    1. That's really high words, Meena… I had somebody else tell the same thing to me and I just brushed it by the side… maybe I should consider… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot dear…

  23. Simple and very inviting chicken tahri .

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  24. Perfect one pot meal,yummy

    1. Thank you so much Suja…

  25. Ahhhh!!!! another dish with those flavors that floats me high up. And I think you how much I love rice,

    1. You got me wrong, Nava… I am not a rice fan, but I love biriyanis, pulaos and sorts, rather than normal plain rice… thanks a lot dear…

  26. Something didn't right but I hope my comments went through for this ever and always my fav; for the flavors and yes, for the rice.

  27. Looks yumm… Perfectly made!

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  28. Yet another super rice delicacy from our Rafee..have loved all your rice biriyani recipes….off to this one for my next trial !

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  29. Mine is little different from this….would love to try this version soon….This is one of my very favorite one pot meal….

    1. Would love to see your version too Lubna… thanks a lot…

  30. stunning and delicious chicken tahri, make me hungry dear….

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  31. This looks so good, why do you torture me so? I've never heard of tehri, looks kind of like biriyani or pulao, right? Thanks for selling it on me. Pressure cooking is such an easy way to set it up and leave alone. Wonderful post again, Rafeekutty.

    1. Yes, kind of a crossover! Thanks a lot for your lovely words, Tisaji…

  32. Looks so good, a 'must' try recipe!

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  33. I have been missing out on your posts, darling..haven't been blogging nor hopping much..this one is a definite try. Love the poignant moment ..simple things that make our hearts flutter!

    1. That's fine dear… love each time you come over and leave ur lovely words… thanks a lot JD…

  34. I so wish we were neighbours Rafee!! This looks so delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Reva… if we were neighbors, I would love to swap my rice for your desserts!!!

  35. I have eaten Tahiri as a young girl at our family friends house. Aunty's was based on green peas and basmati. Yours is a must try with chicken.

    1. Thank you so much Sebeena…

  36. this is so mouthwatering rafeada yummmyyy

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

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