Tawa Pulao

DH has been asking me to make Pav bhaji for a long time. He loves especially the bhaji. When I was browsing for recipes, I stumbled upon tawa pulao which also uses the same pav bhaji masala. Tawa pulao is a street food in mumbai, where the chat vendor makes this pulao on his big tawa using precooked rice, veggies and pav bhaji masala. I used basmati rice for this recipe. But regular long grain rice can also be used. Some users have also tried with left over rice too. It definitely tasted different from the regular pulao. For this recipe I used Everest pav bhaji masala. But I plan to try homemade version also. I am yet to make pav bhaji. Planning to do this weekend. Will keep you posted….

Recipe source: Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khana Khazana & http://sugicooks.blogspot.in/2013/01/mumbai-tawa-pulao.html


Tawa Pulao 


2 cups basmati rice

1 carrot diced

5-6 beans chopped

Handful of green peas

1 onion chopped finely

½ capsicum chopped

2 tomatoes chopped finely

I tsp minced ginger

1 tsp minced garlic

2 green chillies slit length wise

1 cardamom

1 bayleaf

¼ tsp fennel seeds

¼ tsp turmeric

½ tsp chilly powder

1 tsp pav bhaji masala

Salt as required

1 tbsp oil

1tsp ghee



  1. Cook the basmati rice in 4 cups water so that the grains are separate.
  2. Pressure cook carrot, beans and peas for 1 whistle.
  3. Cool the rice on a big plate with a spoon of oil.
  4. In a pan heat oil+ghee. Add cardamom, bayleaf  and fennel seeds.
  5. Next add onions, capsicum, green chillies, ginger, garlic and sauté on high heat. Add the tomatoes and cook till soft.
  6. Now add chilli powder, turmeric, pav bhaji masala and salt.
  7. Add ¼ cup of water for all ingredients to blend. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from stove and mix with rice. Tawa pulao is ready. Serve with onion raita.

June 24, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Rice/Pulav/Biriyani, Street food/Chat.

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