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July 13, 2015

Tawa Pulao Recipe-Mumbai Street Food-Sunday Lunch Recipes Series 23

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Tawa Pulao recipe
Tawa Pulao is a most popular Indian street food in Mumbai,Maharashtra.It’s a very easy and quick rice dish with the goodness of mixed vegetables.Yesterday I wanted to make a quick biryani recipe for our lunch as we had plans for shopping.When I was talking to my friend Megha,she suggested me to try Tawa pulao.I quickly browsed through few street food videos in you tube & referred some websites. I found Pav bhaji masala powder is the star ingredient of this recipe.In Mumbai street food shops, it is made instantly by mixing cooked rice with pav bhaji masala sauteed in a blob of butter.It is served with finely chopped onions,coriander leaves and a wedge of lemon.If you have some left over rice(need not be basmati) and some pav bhaji masala powder in hands,making this recipe would be a breeze.You can make this for your kids by adding paneer and extra butter.It’s a good lunch box and a bachelor friendly recipe too.The spice level of this pulao can be adjusted according to your taste buds.So lets check out how to make this simple and easy Tava Pulao recipe in my Sunday lunch Recipes Series–23Happy.If you are interested to see my other recipes in this series,please click this link.
Also check out my Pav bhaji and Mumbai Pav sandwich recipes.
Tawa Pulao recipe

Tawa pulao recipe

Tawa pulao recipe Tawa Pulao - Mumbai's most popular street food
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Lunch box
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 200 ml
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup ( I used India gate)
  • Water - 1.75 cups
  • Salt - as needed
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Finely chopped mixed vegetables - 3/4 cup ( Carrot,beans,peas)
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ginger & Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Capsicum - 1/4 no
  • Tomato - 2 nos ( small)
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala powder - 1-1.5 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Lemon juice – few drops
To temper
  • Cooking oil or butter - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Wash the basmati rice twice or thrice to remove the starch.Take the rice in a pressure cooker and add 1.75 cups of water,few drops of lemon juice,oil and required salt.
  • Switch on the stove and start to chop the vegetables( 1 small carrot,5 beans,a handful of green peas). By the time,the water starts to boil,u can finish the chopping work.Take the veggies in a small bowl and add very little water ( say 3 tbsp).Keep this bowl inside the cooker and pressure cook the rice and vegetables together in low flame for one whistle.In the mean time,chop the onions,capsicum and tomato.Open the cooker after the steam is released.
Tawa Pulao recipe
Tawa Pulao recipe
  • Remove the vegetable bowl and fluff the rice with a fork. Transfer it to a plate and let it cool down.
Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated , splutter jeera.Add onions,g&g paste and mix well till raw smell leaves.Now add the capsicum and saute well.
Tawa Pulao recipe

  • Lastly add the tomato and mix till it becomes mushy.Add the turmeric powder,salt,pav bhaji masala powder,red chilli powder.Mix well till oil leaves the kadai.Now add the cooked vegetables and mix well.Lastly all the cooked rice and mix well.
Tawa Pulao recipe
Tawa Pulao recipe
  • Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice and garnish with lots of coriander leaves. Enjoy with finely chopped raw onions !  You can also keep some raita or papad as side dish.
Tawa Pulao recipe

  • Increase the quantity of red chilli powder if you want more spicy rice or add some finely chopped green chillies while sauting onion.
  • Here I did not soak the basmati rice.If u soak it for 30 minutes,use 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.
  • Using butter instead of oil enhances the taste of this dish.
  • Pav bhaji masala powder is the star of this dish.If you don’t have it in hand,replace it with garam masala or tandoori masala powder.But you have to compromise with the actual taste.

Tawa Pulao recipe

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  1. Awesome food. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. I will ask my wife to try the recipe.


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