Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe
You know how it happens when you buy spices or special ingredients for a certain dish and then "Poof"! That is given a step motherly treatment or completely forgotten once the dish is all done and enjoyed to the heart's content. At the end of the day, I get fed up of seeing all those unused items in my pantry looking at me forlornly. I then start using them randomly in my dish - esp. the spices. Its v evident that Indians have a thing with spices, hence adding any spice to any dish is an art Indians enjoy. I cannot, for the life of me, get specific about what spices has to go to what dishes! If there are, say 10 spices which are used for savory dishes in general then I might add any of them at different times.
Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe
Its immensely hard for me to stick to a particular recipe. Eye balling is another characteristics which I am gifted with - although have to add how cumbersome it is when it comes to food blogging and precise measurements. Anyways, one special spice which might be making its home right in your own pantry right now is Pav Bhaji masala. Remember how you got some while making Pav Bhaji 2 months back? Most probably its lying unused right now in your pantry. Instead of having to see it every time I open my pantry, looking v sad, I use it on and oft in various recipes. I use it especially for my rice, biryani, pulao recipes. Sometimes I even use it while making stuffing for my parathas. Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe So imagine my surprise when during one of our work meetings (we have this practice of sometimes making dishes from home for such meetings - like an informal potluck), one of my colleagues who has an Indian sister-in-law got this yummy Pulao called Tawa Pulao. It not only tasted yummy but it had an amazing aroma wafting from it - something very familiar. Later on, she got us her sil's recipe and I was ecstatic. I was astounded to know that adding Pav bhaji masala was actually normal and classic in Mumbai Street food rice dish called as Tawa Pulao. This is made in the same large skillet where Pav Bhaji masala is heated. This rice is also heated along side and is made using the Pav bhaji masala! Talk about a yummy street food! For some reason, I was not aware of this and couldn't help making the same again at home. We loved it. This is the recipe given by my colleague's sil.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil ( I used olive oil)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 inch ginger, grated
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic. sliced (see note)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (see note)
  • 1 large capsicum, chopped (i used combo of red and green capsicum/bell pepper)
  • 3-4 large tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala (I added about 1-1/2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup green peas, frozen (if using fresh, boil it before hand)
  • 2-3 green chillies (or as needed)
  • about 2-1/2 cups cooked rice (leftovers work great)
  • fresh cilantro leaves for garnish, as needed
1. Heat the butter and oil in a pan (You can either use all butter or all oil for the recipe). Add the seeds- when aromatic, add onions, ginger, garlic, chillies along with salt.
2. Add the chopped tomatoes , bell peppers along with little water. Cook in high heat for few minutes until water starts oozing out of the tomatoes, and then reduce the heat and simmer until the tomatoes are cooked. Add the spices and mix them well.
3. Add the rice and cilantro and peas. Give it a toss and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Serve HOT! Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe I served it along with Bread Raita and some Dry toasted Papad. Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe

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By Preethi on Nov 1, 2011

Tried this yesterday. Awesome :)

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By Kanwalkaur on Oct 19, 2015

I'd like to share your blog

By Martha Fijnima Aniyi on Jul 15, 2015

I and My Husband enjoyed it to the last spoon. Delicious. I'm hoping to cook it again this weekend

By Rachna on Mar 8, 2015

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By Kalai on Apr 5, 2014

This I tryed allready it is very tasty

By susan on Apr 4, 2014

You know what I love about your website. .. you always show step by step via pictures. You won't see a lot of other sites doing that. So THANK YOU. So going to try this.

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By Sudha sriram on Jan 11, 2014

Tasted Tava pulao at a friends do this Christmas. Simple fare but so good . We were all scraping the bottom if the pan for more!!!! Organized step by step recipe as always. Thanks!

By Neha on Sep 24, 2013

Another variation to this rice is vegetables, rice , butter, pav bhaji masala, chaat masala. Grate cheese once the rice is done. Taste yum .

By Indhu on Jul 7, 2013

Hi in the ingredients u hav writn see note but where z d note???

By Rohan on Jul 6, 2013

For a masala knockout, I use this method: Collect all of these ingredients in a mixer: 3/4 tsp Garam masala, 1/2 tsp pavbhaji masala, 1/4 tsp dhana powder, a little sprinkle of cumin and fennels seeds, 1/2 tsp of kashmiri mirch and 1/2 tsp of lal mirch. Grind it. Add this super-grounded masala after adding only onions, as the masala will get fried and the aroma will be locked in the sauted onion. And follow it with the instructions given in the recipe.

By Poorni on Nov 29, 2012

I prepared this tawa pulao yesterday as a special dish for my MIL's bday and it turned out very well.. I did not have the pav bhaji masala at home, so used the general masala items and served it with the usual onion raita.. It tasted awesome. Thanks a lot for your recipe esp. to the stepwise pics.. Your site is damn good.. Keep up the good work.

By Gita on Jul 10, 2012

This is exactly how i make out of leftover rice everytime.

By SCP on Jul 7, 2012

how do you make Pav Bhaji Masala?

By priya on Jun 17, 2012

i made tawa pulao 2day.. n my family luved it, thank u 4 sharing recipe.. :) n i just want 2 tel u dat i add 1/2 tspn of garam masala in it den also it taste nice.. :) thanks..:)

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By Krithi on Sep 19, 2011

Lovely colorful veggies you have in there... I use pav bhaji masala for tawa pulao more than pav bhajis :)

By Sheetal K on Sep 4, 2011

Hi..i tried this receipe at home today...it...tasted..very...nice...thank...you....pls....share..the receipe of masala rice...too

By Neeil Srivastav on Aug 30, 2011

love this dish to the core...it is indeed awsome folks,just try it

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By veggiefreak on Jul 15, 2011

the tawa pulao tasted awesome!!! :-P being a pure vegetarian i am getting so many different from your site. love your site!!!

By Krithika on Mar 14, 2011

I tried this. Was easy to make and had a nice aroma and taste. Thanks!!

By Biryani Recipes on Jun 30, 2010

A great one recipe. This is very different and very authentic. I hope this is very tasty . Thanks for sharing.

By gobikrishnan on Jun 8, 2010

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By BNDQ8 on May 18, 2010

It looks delicious and colorful...love it!! :)

By shyamala chittanahalli on May 15, 2010

:-D tried the pulao..it turned out so good with the bread raita...thanks so much for sharing...have bookmarked your site too...

By Swarnali Bhattacharya on May 15, 2010

Simly awesome. :-P

By Bharti on May 11, 2010

Sounds really interesting have to try

By tigerfish on May 11, 2010

Looks gorgeous!

By mayura on May 8, 2010

Hi Tawa pulao looks great.Iwant to try this recipe if u could tell me that what is the quantity of uncooked rice we should take to make this recipe.

1 cup of uncooked medium grained rice yields 3 cups cooked rice. Other rices like Basmati etc will yield 2 cups of cooked for 1 uncooked cup --DK

By shyamala on May 7, 2010

I made Tawa Pulao yesterday. Not only does it look appetising and smells yum, it tastes good too.

By JPT on May 5, 2010

Yum yum!! I made this yesterday and it was a big hit. I added spinach and will add garbanzo bean (to get some protein to the dish) next time. I ran out of Paav Bhaji masala..so had to make my own. A yummy dish! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

By Palatable on May 4, 2010

Hello DK, what a lovely pulao you have here, sounds interesting since you are adding pav bhaji masala, beautiful click as well...

By vanamala on May 4, 2010

wow looks so colorful..nice one

By mahek on May 4, 2010

:lol: Thanks for sharing this recipe, It was nice to see an Indian recipe on the site...

By rekha on May 4, 2010

Very colorfull and delicious looking pulao... beautiful click...

By chitra on May 4, 2010

awesome click.. neat presentation..

By Cooking Foodie on May 4, 2010

The pulao is so colorful! delicious recipe...

By Priya on May 3, 2010

Wat a colourful and elegant pulao..

By Sharmilee on May 3, 2010

One colorful pot meal...looks tasty, I luv pulavs....and with onion raita I can have it anytime of the day!

By Nithya on May 3, 2010

Looks really delicious. :)

By suma on May 3, 2010

Yumm.. I have made this too and it tastes just great!! Couldn't agree with you more on the eyeballing being a pain point when we need to write down precise measures for the blog:-))

By Paramita Brahmachari on May 3, 2010

Hey , Thnx for this recipe , it's really simple n easy to make . M also make this kind of pot items , but it's different n more than delicious . I must try ........ :-D

By Cynthia on May 3, 2010

Love the colours in this dish!

By Apu on May 3, 2010

Looks really yummy!! Tawa pulao is very tasty.

By Siri on May 3, 2010

Tawa Pulao looks sooo yummy & colorful. :-D Hugs, Siri :lol:

By harini-jaya on May 3, 2010

gr8 idea using up the pava bhaji masala...and fantastic clicks too

By Priya Mitharwal on May 3, 2010

Lovely looking pulao. My favorite :)

By Indhu on May 3, 2010

awesome recipe DK.. I need to visit you pronto :)

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By Sonia on May 3, 2010

So pretty pulao! Adding Pav Bhaji masala is an interesting part of this pulao. :)

By Veggie Belly on May 3, 2010

delicious! what a pretty pulao!