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tawa pulao recipe

tawa pulao recipe with step by step photos – posting yet again an easy rice recipe which is a popular mumbai street food. tawa pulao as the name suggests is made on tawa/tava – a flat concave shaped pan used in indian cooking for making chapatis, roasting as well as shallow frying.

the street side vendors use a huge tawa and they make pav bhaji, masala pav and tawa pulao on this huge tawa. for home cooks, this recipe can be made in a frying pan or even in a kadai (wok).

this tawa pulao recipe is a quick to make if you have leftover rice. you also need to steam or cook the veggies before hand. usually i make a not so spicy version, but you can spice the tawa pulao as per your taste buds just by increasing the quantity of red chili powder.

you will need pav bhaji masala to make this pulao. usually i buy pav bhaji masala and the indian brands which i have used are MDH, everest and badshah. i find all of them alright. i have not yet made pav bhaji masala at home.

amongst the special masalas that we use, pav bhaji masala and chaat masala are the only two masalas, i have never made at home. i have a mind block regarding these two masalas and thus never tried making them at home. its time i give a shot to trying both these masalas at home.

tawa pulao goes best with yogurt, raita or an onion-lemon salad or vegetable salad (kachumber). also accompany a roasted papad and a lime or mango pickle by the side.

lets start step by step tawa pulao recipe:

1. cook 1 cup basmati rice first in 4 cups of water to which some salt and 2 to 3 drops of oil are added. the rice should be cooked well and the grains should be separate.

cooking rice for tawa pulao recipe

2. drain the rice in a colander. please do read the recipe details below on cooking the rice. let the rice cool completely before you add to the veggies.

drain rice - making tawa pulao recipe

3. melt 2 tbsp butter in a pan and saute ½ tsp cumin till they get browned.

saute cumin - making tawa pulao recipe

4. add chopped onions (1 medium onion – 50 gms) and saute till translucent.

add onions - making tawa pulao recipe

5. add ginger garlic paste (½ inch ginger/adrak + 2-3 garlic/lahsun , made into a paste in a mortar-pestle or 1 tsp ginger garlic paste).

saute till their raw aroma goes away. the ginger-garlic paste has to be sauteed well. otherwise the raw aroma is felt even later and might not go well with some folks.

add ginger garlic paste - making tawa pulao recipe

6. add 2 large chopped tomatoes (150 gms tomatoes) and 1 medium chopped capsicum (green bell pepper).

adding tomatoes - making tawa pulao recipe

7. add 2 tsp pav bhaji masala, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi.

adding masala and spices to tawa pulao

8. stir and saute till you see the butter leaving sides of the pan. about 6 to 7 mins on a low flame. even if the capsicum has a slight crunch, they taste good.

add veggies - making tawa pulao recipe

9. add the chopped steamed veggies – ½ cup peas/matar, 1 small to medium chopped carrot, 1 medium potato (you can even add french beans and cauliflower) and salt.

add rice - preparing tawa pulao recipe

10. stir and then add the drained cooked rice.

mix tawa pulao gently

11. stir and mix gently and uniformly.

garnish tawa pulao

12. garnish tawa pulao with chopped coriander leaves and drizzled with a few drops of lemon juice (½ tsp). serve tawa pulao with onion-lemon salad or yogurt or onion tomato raita accompanied with roasted papad and pickle.

tawa pulao recipe

if you are looking for more pulao recipes then do check tomato pulaopeas pulao, choliya pulao, chana pulao, kathal pulao, paneer pulao and vegetable pulao recipe in pressure cooker.

tawa pulao recipe details below:

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tawa pulao recipe
tawa pulao - a popular mumbai street food of rice and vegetables sauted together with pav bhaji masala and other spices-herbs.
CUISINE: mumbai street food, indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for cooking the rice:
  • 1 cup basmati rice or long grained rice
  • 4 cups of water for cooking the rice
  • 2 to 3 drops of oil
  • salt as required
for the tawa masala:
  • 1 medium capsicum/green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes - 150 gms, chopped
  • 1 medium onion - 50 gms, chopped
  • ½ inch ginger/adrak + 2-3 garlic/lahsun , made into a paste in a mortar-pestle or 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder or add as required
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 2 tsp pav bhaji masala or add as required
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 2 tbsp butter or oil or half-half of both
  • 1 small to medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped
  • ½ cup green peas/matar, fresh or frozen
  • ½ tsp lemon juice or as required
  • a few chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta) or parsley
  • salt as required
preparing the rice:
  1. rinse the rice grains till the water runs clear of starch. rinsing for a while, you will come to a stage when the water will become transparent during the rinse. if there is starch in the water, then the rice becomes sticky.
  2. soak the rice in enough water for 20-30 mins. drain and then add the rice to a pot.
  3. pour 4 cups water in the rice. add salt and few drops of oil.
  4. stir. cover and cook the rice till the rice grains are cooked well.
  5. the rice grains should be separate also cooked well.
  6. if the water begins to froth pushing the lid, then remove the lid or partly cover the pot with lid and cook the rice.
  7. don't cook the rice too much or make them mushy. this will spoil the texture of the pulao.
  8. in a strainer, add the cooked rice and let all the water drain away.
  9. gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  10. once all the steam has passed from the rice, cover the rice with a lid so that the rice grains on top don't dry out.
  11. let the rice cool and you can proceed with the rest of the recipe.
for the tawa masala:
  1. steam the carrot, potato and green peas till all of them are cooked well in a steamer, pan or pressure cooker.
  2. peel and chop the carrot and potatoes. keep aside.
  3. in a pan or kadai/wok melt the butter. add the cumin and fry them till they get browned.
  4. add the finely chopped onions and saute till translucent.
  5. add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw aroma goes away.
  6. then add the finely chopped tomatoes and capsicum/bell pepper.
  7. stir and add all the spice powders - turmeric, red chili powder and pav bhaji masala.
  8. stir again and saute the whole mixture till you see butter releasing from the sides.
  9. add the chopped potato, carrot and peas. sprinkle salt and stir.
  10. add the cooked basmati rice and gently mix the veggies with the rice.
  11. garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some lemon juice on the tava pulao.
  12. serve tava pulao hot with onion tomato raita or cucumber raita or plain yogurt accompanied with papad and pickle.

{ 60 Responses }

  1. Amit says

    Such a phenomenally simple yet mouth wateringly yummy recipe. Tried at our place recently with lot of guests and everyone loved it. Thanks and keep sharing many more such gems.

  2. Deepthi Nair says

    Hi Dassana,
    I love love your blog.I have started trying out your recipes and they are amazing.I started with your daal curry.and mind you our family is not a daal family.but we were literally licking the vessel.i am excited to tryout all your recipes.Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.and with pictures and videos.
    tomorrow’s menu is rava dosa and coconut chutneys and millet payasam.
    Thank you once again for these wonderful recipes.happy Navarathri.

  3. anushree aggarwal says

    Super recipes… I.just made this one! My hubby loved it… thanks for making it easier with pics and extra comments.. I also tried your shahi paneer korma, carrot chutney and bisibalebath… all turned out super well!!

  4. Ashima says

    hi Dassana,
    I have been following your recipes for quite a long time now. I must say all your recipes came out very well. Especially garlic rolls, dhokla, gulab jamun etc etc..list is long . Thanks a lot.

  5. Nidhi Subramanyam says

    Hi Dassana,
    All your recipes are really tasty and your explanations are also very easy to understand. I tried this recipe today – it didn’t take long to cook and it tasted so delicious. I did a slight variation (this might be useful to cooks who use electric rice cooker). I cooked the basmati in electric cooker and used the steamer basket to simultaneously steam the veggies. It worked well and made the process faster.

  6. kahekashan mirza says

    hi Dassana i just try this recipe .me and my hubby jst loved it thank u so much your recipes are very precise that now i’dont need to go to restaurant thanxxxxxxxxx again

    • says

      thanks rutba. i steam veggies in my electric rice cooker. you can steam veggies in the pressure cooker or in a pot. just add 2-3 cups water in the pressure cooker (or in the pot). add the vegetables in another small bowl/pan and keep the bowl inside the pressure cooker (or pot)… and then steam the veggies. in pressure cooker just give 2 whistles.

  7. cithdra says

    It really came well….I like spicy food….this one was too good…I tried Eggless tutti fruitti cake n masala bhath too…ur step by step procedure makes everything clear for a starter like me…thanks to u:-)

  8. KP says

    made this pulao with some leftover rice and it came out really well ! Wife n I loved it !
    I made this with garam masala since i didnt have Pav bhaji masala at home, but turned out quite good :)

  9. komal khandelwal says

    superb recipe n especially the way u explain with the process of preparing with the pictures.

  10. says

    I tried this recipe today and it turned out really well…. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It’s a quick fix meal and awesome for a chilly evening.

  11. Deepa says

    I have following your recipes for quite sometime.. Am pretty much a beginner in the field of cooking and I really like it if people explain their recipes with the correct proportions so that if someone like me tries, it will not be very different. Hence I really like the way you explain, the proportions, the step by step pictures and the overall layout.
    Thank you so much… Keep posting. :)
    P.s I made this tawa pulao.. It has come out very well.. Let me know where I can send u the pic of the same.

  12. Dipti says

    Hi Dassana,

    I really need your help here.. i m very bad at coooking rice recipes. Every time i try such recipe rice turns out to be lumpy what could be done, i cant try pulavs at all

    • says

      hi dipti, the reason is rice getting cooked too much. first of all use a really good quality of rice. it need not be basmati, but any type of rice. i have used some kinds of rice, which become too soft and lumpy while cooking. so you have to try various types and then choose which you like. generally for 1 cup rice, 2 cups rice is good enough for cooking. if you have soaked the rice for 30 minutes, then you can add 1.5 cups of water. here the water is not drained, but absorbed. rice can also be cooked by draining method. just add 3 to 4 cups of water to rice. when the rice is cooked, drain the rice.

  13. Manish says

    Well, I tried today, it was tasty, enjoyed
    Cant thank you enough for this & many other recipes

    Best regards

  14. Asir says

    It is very easi and seems to be very tasty. My question is how can we add paneer in thi pulao recipy. And another question is after mixing tava masala and cooked rice can we add some water so that masala and rice mixed well or if i do so then the result will be wrong.

    • says

      paneer can be lightly fried separately in a tawa or pan and then added towards the end. you can also add paneer when adding the cooked vegetables. if you add water, the result can be a soggy mixture.

  15. Rema Sandeep says

    Thank you very much for sharing this awesome recipe.we had a finger licking experience.

  16. taamra says

    You are one awesome cook!
    Every dish of yours comes purrfffeect!
    Initially i used to google recipes and pick the best site…now i google your site and pick the recipe I want!
    Always a delight to find competency…no matter what the field!
    God Bless!

  17. B Sarat Chandra says

    Can I cook rice in pressure cooker instead of boiling and cooking it in a pot with a lid?

    • says

      yes you can pressure cook the rice. for 1 cup of rice which has been soaked for 30 minutes you can use 1.5 to 1.75 cups of water for the consistency you want in tawa pulao. pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. just make sure that the rice does not become soggy. if you add 2 cups of water then rice becomes soft and the grains are not separate.

  18. kate says

    i cant find the masala in ou shopsanywhre is thee somehing ese i can use.i only have access to themajor supermarket store im afraid.

  19. says

    a great saviour recipe for consuming left over rice, addition of pav bhaji masala will add lot of flavour to it.


  20. says

    when i visited mumbai last time i tasted this in the road side shop, it was awesome, and they served it with raitha and papad. i completely finished the one bowl. When i prepared at home too it was tasty. One of my favorite, Lovely clicks