Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tawa Pulao

Mumbai is synonymous with vibrant spirits, welcoming people, amazing monsoon and of course yummy food. It is a potpourri of various types of cuisine and has awesome street food at roadside stalls as well as the scrumptious dishes at the classy restaurants. Having spent a few years in mumbai i literally binged on the road side food and fondly remember those happy times every now n then---- Tawa Pulao is one such street food of which am a huge fan! To spice up the rice n vegetables Pav Baji Masala is used and a few road side vendors also add red chilli powder or garam masala/kitchen king. This dish is also perfect if you have left over rice and the makeover it gets will have people asking for more !!
I served Tawa Pulao with Pomegranate Raita and the dish was a complete knockout-----

What goes:-

  • Boiled Rice - 1 large cup
  • Tomato - 2
  • Onion - 1 to 2
  • Carrot,Potato- 1 cup
  • Capsicum - 1/2 cup
  • Green peas ( fresh/frozen) - handful
  • Cardamom- 2 to3 pods
  • Mace - a little
  • Cloves - 3
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Pav Bhaji Masala - 2 tsp
  • Garam Masala or Kitchen King Masala - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Lemon juice - 1tsp
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves - For garnish
  • Butter - 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Salt - as per taste

How did i do it:-

Boil the sliced carrots/potatoes/green peas n set aside.

Wash rice well and  drain.Cook rice in a pot or pressure cooker and keep aside.
Heat butter in a kadai or a heavy bottomed pan, add fennel seeds and as they splutter, add mace, cloves and the seeds of cardamom along with ginger-garlic paste and saute well.

Add sliced onions, and  saute till they turn translucent.

Add chopped tomatoes along with salt and let it cook for a while. Now add Pav Bhaji Masala and cook till oil separates.

Add the boiled vegetables and let the mix simmer for a while so that the vegetables absorb the spice.

Add chopped capsicum and cook till done.Finally add cooked rice,lemon juice, salt, garam masala / kitchen king masala and mix them all in low heat 

Garnish with chopped coriander and  Serve hot  with pomegranate Raita

Sending this to Torview's Food Palette- Red Event


  1. Nice combo, this total meal is bookmarked and i'll try it and post it soon..Thanks for the recipe and the step by step pictorial demo..

  2. thank you for linking this delicious dish yummy addition of pav bhaji masala

  3. enjoyed ur mumbai tour of tawa pulao