tawa pulao recipe
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Tawa Pulao

Tawa pulao is a popular Mumbai street food of rice and vegetables sauteed together with pav bhaji masala and other spices-herbs.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: main course
Cuisine: indian, mumbai street food
Servings: 3 to 4
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Dassana Amit

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

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Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1667mg | Potassium: 700mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4430IU | Vitamin C: 59.2mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3.8mg