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tawa pulao recipe with step by step photos – posting yet again an easy and delicious 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, tawa paneer masala 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 also posted the recipe of making pav bhaji masala powder 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 lemon or mango pickle by the side.

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

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tawa pulao recipe details below:

4.69 from 29 votes
tawa pulao recipe
prep time
45 mins
cook time
15 mins
total time
1 hr

tawa pulao recipe - a popular mumbai street food of rice and vegetables sauted together with pav bhaji masala and other spices-herbs.

course: main course
cuisine: indian, mumbai street food
servings: 3 to 4
calories: 400 kcal
author: dassana amit
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
for cooking 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
other ingredients for tawa pulao:
  • 1 medium capsicum (green bell pepper or shimla mirch) - chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes Or 150 grams tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 medium onion Or 50 grams onions- chopped
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) + 2-3 garlic (lahsun) - made into a paste in a mortar-pestle Or 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2 teaspoon pav bhaji masala or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 tablespoon butter or oil or half-half of both
  • 1 small to medium carrot (gajar) - chopped
  • 1 medium potato (aloo) - chopped
  • ½ cup green peas (matar) - fresh or frozen
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice or as required
  • a few chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta) or parsley leaves
  • salt as required
how to make recipe
cooking rice for tawa pulao:
  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.
making tawa pulao:
  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.
recipe notes

rough nutrition info per serving:

Nutrition Facts
tawa pulao recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 1667mg 69%
Potassium 700mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 69g 23%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 88.6%
Vitamin C 71.8%
Calcium 7.4%
Iron 20.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

10. stir and then add the drained cooked rice.

11. stir and mix gently and uniformly.

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.

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  • 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

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


  • 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.

    • if you can get garam masala, then use it. thats the only substitute you can add instead of the pav bhaji masala.

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

    • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

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

    Best regards

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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:-)

    • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

    • thanks nidhi for the feedback and for sharing your excellent tip. i am sure it will help other readers. thats very intelligent and smart way of cooking.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

    • welcome deepthi. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback. wishing happy navratri to you.

  • 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.

  • Hi Amit,

    Tried this recipe, also added paneer to it and it turned out very tasty. Thank you very much for the recipe

    • yes sravanthi. you can do this method. even i make tawa pulao this way at times with remaining pav bhaji. but just saute a bit of onions and tomatoes before adding the pav bhaji.

  • Beautifully written recipe but the end product was not as tasty as I expected it to be. Too much taste of Pav bhaji masala.

    • only 2 teaspoon pav bhaji masala is added to 3 to 3.5 cups cooked rice along with other ingredients. then how it can be too much of taste of pav bhaji masala. have you used correct spoon measurements or added using the regular spoons we have in the kitchens. any recipe if followed with the correct measuring spoons or cups will not give negative results. hope this helps.

  • Hey Dassana,

    Tried tawa pulao for dinner tonight and it was amazing! Skipped capsicum, added baby corn and substituted pav bhaji masala with garam masala + amchoor powder (using your suggestion in the pav bhaji post).
    Thanks for these delicious recipes, Dassana! You are the best!

    • very pleased to know this thank you neeti for your positive feedback and you are welcome.

  • apki site m hindi m dishes ni milti h plz apna app n site hindi m b kijiye
    hindi ka option bhut kam show hota h n kbi hota b h to b work ni krta h

    • divya, we are slowly translating recipes in hindi also. here is the link for hindi website - vegrecipesofindia.com/hi/

  • Turned out just amazing, so simple but yet elegant to share with guests. This is the best tawa pulao recipe I've ever tried.

  • Turned out to be amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

    Could you tell me which pan are you using in the video? It looked really good. Cast iron?

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