tawa pulao

Tawa pulao recipe with video and step by step photos. Tawa pulao is a popular Mumbai street food of rice and vegetables sauteed together with pav bhaji masala and other spices-herbs. It is a popular and tasty rice recipe.

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.

tawa pulao recipe

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 quick to make if you have leftover rice. You also need to steam or cook the veggies beforehand. Usually, I make a not so spicy version, but you can spice the 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.

Tawa pulao goes best with yogurt, raita or an onion-lemon salad. Also accompany a roasted papad and a lemon or mango pickle by the side.

Tawa pulao recipe video


How to make tawa pulao

Cooking rice

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 above 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 grams) and saute till translucent.

add onions - making tawa pulao recipe

5. Add ginger garlic paste (½ inch ginger + 2-3 garlic), 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 grams tomatoes) and 1 medium chopped green bell pepper (capsicum).

adding tomatoes - making tawa pulao recipe

7. Add 2 tsp pav bhaji masala, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ¼ tsp turmeric powder.

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 minutes on a low flame. Even if the bell pepper has a slight crunch, they taste good.

add veggies - making tawa pulao recipe

9. Add the chopped steamed veggies – ½ cup peas, 1 small to medium chopped carrot, 1 medium potato and salt as required. You can even add french beans and cauliflower.

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

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Tawa Pulao

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Tawa pulao is a popular Mumbai street food of rice and vegetables sauteed together with pav bhaji masala and other spices-herbs.
tawa pulao recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:45 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian,mumbai street food
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(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 green bell pepper (capsicum) - chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes or 150 grams tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 medium onion or 50 grams onions- chopped
  • ½ inch ginger + 2-3 garlic - made into a paste in a mortar-pestle or 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon pav bhaji masala or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon butter or oil or half-half of both
  • 1 small to medium carrot - chopped
  • 1 medium potato - chopped
  • ½ cup green peas - fresh or frozen
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice or as required
  • a few chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) or parsley leaves
  • salt as required


cooking rice

  • 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.
  • Soak the rice in enough water for 20-30 minutes. Drain and then add the rice to a pot.
  • Pour 4 cups of water in the rice. Add salt and few drops of oil.
  • Stir. Cover and cook the rice till the rice grains are cooked well.
  • The rice grains should be separate also cooked well.
  • If the water begins to froth pushing the lid, then remove the lid or partly cover the pot with lid and cook the rice.
  • Don't cook the rice too much or make them mushy. This will spoil the texture of the pulao.
  • In a strainer, add the cooked rice and let all the water drain away.
  • Gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  • 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.
  • Let the rice cool and you can proceed with the rest of the recipe.

making tawa pulao

  • Steam the carrot, potato and green peas till all of them are cooked well in a steamer, pan or pressure cooker.
  • Peel and chop the carrot and potatoes. Keep aside.
  • In a pan or kadai/wok melt the butter. Add the cumin and fry them till they get browned.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and saute till translucent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw aroma goes away.
  • Then add the finely chopped tomatoes and bell pepper (capsicum).
  • Stir and add all the spice powders - turmeric, red chili powder and pav bhaji masala.
  • Stir again and saute the whole mixture till you see butter releasing from the sides.
  • Add the chopped potato, carrot and peas. Sprinkle salt and stir.
  • Add the cooked basmati rice and gently mix the veggies with the rice.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some lemon juice on the tava pulao.
  • Serve tava pulao hot with onion tomato raita or cucumber raita or plain yogurt accompanied with papad and pickle.



  • This recipe can also be made in a frying pan or even in a kadai (wok).

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Tawa Pulao
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 1667mg72%
Potassium 700mg20%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 4430IU89%
Vitamin C 59.2mg72%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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100 comments/reviews

  1. You’re too good! Best collection ever .. This is the only site I come to if I want to cook anything 🙂

    • thanks rashmi.

  2. Plz share reciepe of Veg Lasooni Tawa5 stars

    • nilesh have taken your request on our file for veg lasooni tawa thanks.

  3. Thank Q nice recipe 🙂 loved it so much 🙂 🙂5 stars

    • welcome and thankyou pranavi 🙂

  4. Thank Q Nice recipe 🙂5 stars

    • welcome and thankyou pranavi 🙂

  5. I am trying this tonight. I love ur receipes and ur methos. U make everything seem so simple

    • glad to know this trupti 🙂 thankyou so much.

  6. 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.5 stars

    • welcome amit. glad to know this.

  7. 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.5 stars

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

  8. 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!!

    • thanks anushree for sharing positive feedback on recipes. glad to know this.

  9. 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 stars

    • welcome ashima. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive review on recipes.

  10. 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.5 stars

    • 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.

  11. 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

    • welcome kahekashan. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive review.

  12. Love the recipe….Please share the method of steaming vegies. Do you use steamer??4 stars

    • 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.

  13. 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:-)3 stars

    • welcome cithdra. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  14. 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 🙂

    • thanks KP for sharing this positive feedback. good to know this.

  15. grt recipe!! and easy too5 stars

    • thanks dips

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

    • thanks komal.

  17. Tried this recipe tonight for dinner. Awesome. Husband loved it. Thanks.

    • welcome and thanks for the feedback nidhi.

  18. 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.5 stars

    • thanks medha 🙂

  19. hi, i tried this one at home n it came out really nice.Thanks for sharing the recipe4 stars

    • welcome divya

  20. 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.4 stars

  21. 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.

  22. Hi, I tried yesterday. Very tasty & mouth watering dish. Thank you for posting recipe.5 stars

    • welcome bhumika

  23. Easy to understand
    Keep it up5 stars

    • thanks manali

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

    Best regards
    Manish5 stars

    • welcome manish. thanks for this sweet and positive feedback. glad to read your comment.

  25. 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.

  26. Thank you very much for sharing this awesome recipe.we had a finger licking experience.5 stars

    • welcome rema. glad to know that you liked the pulao.

  27. 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!5 stars

    • thanks taamra for this wonderful feedback. god bless you too.

      • Hi Dassana,
        You are a good cook and I have started following you :

        Could you suggest some dry recipe which we can make and provide our kids in tiffin as breakfast/lunch.

        Any guidance will be great help

  28. great recipe…… loved it. keep posting5 stars

    • thanks roli

  29. Can I cook rice in pressure cooker instead of boiling and cooking it in a pot with a lid?5 stars

    • 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.

  30. 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.

  31. Just simple, quick and nice.

  32. Loved it 🙂 Just finished eating. Thanks a lot for the recipe. Keep posting 🙂5 stars

    • welcome seema

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


    • thanks swati.

  34. 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

    • thanks aparna

  35. Yummy tawa pulav!!