Tawa Pulao

By DK on May 03, 2010
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.
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
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
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.
Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe
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.
Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe
Add the rice and cilantro and peas. Give it a toss and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Easy Tawa/Tava Pulao Recipe
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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51 Responses to “Tawa Pulao”
  1. Martha Fijnima Aniyi

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

  2. Rachna

    Some advertisement is being flashed and not allowing me to read the recipe. Something called ‘Paymentyug’

  3. Kalai

    This I tryed allready it is very tasty

  4. susan

    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.

  5. Sudha sriram

    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.

  6. Neha

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

  7. Indhu

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

  8. Rohan

    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.

  9. Poorni

    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.

  10. Gita

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

  11. SCP

    how do you make Pav Bhaji Masala?

  12. priya

    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..:)

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

  15. Sheetal K

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

  16. Neeil Srivastav

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

  17. veggiefreak

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

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