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Tawa Pulao

Pulao in tawa? This was my first thought when I came to know about this recipe. Little gyan for those souls that are like me – Tawa Pulao is a Mumbai street food. Rice is cooked separately and mixed with veggies in a tawa.

When Rekha Shiva posted a picture of Tawa Pulao in her Instagram acct, I was so drooling over her pulao that I planned to do it for our weekend lunch. Well, our Saturday started rainy and damp and it was a perfect weather to indulge in something spicy and hot.

Here is my recipe adapted from Rekha’s blog – Reshkitchen

Tawa Pulao
Tawa Pulao


Onion: 1 (medium size, sliced thin length wise)
Tomato: 1 (large, chopped finely)
Baby Carrots: 6-7 (grated coarsely)
Yellow and Red bell pepper: 1 each (chopped finely)
Green peas: 2 tbsp
Corn: 2 tbsp
Ginger: 2 tsp (very finely minced)
Cilantro: few (finely chopped)

Dry Ingredients:

Red chilli powder: 1 tsp (adjust this per your taste. We like spicy food and hence I have used 1 tsp of each)
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Pav bhaji masala: 1 tsp

Butter: 1 tbsp (3 tsp approx) + 1 tsp extra for frying rice
Basmati Rice: 1 cup
Salt: per taste

Tawa Pulao
Tawa Pulao with onion raita and oven baked potatoes

Preparation Method:

1. Preparing Rice for the Pulao

  • Wash and clean rice. Drain water and keep  it aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp of butter and fry rice for 2 minutes in low flame.
  • Switch of stove and allow it to cool for few minutes before cooking.
  • Add 1.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Cool it well before using.

2. Preparing bhaji (While rice gets cooked, prepare bhaji.)

  • Heat butter in a big tawa (using non stick would help)
  • Add ginger (and garlic) and fry for a min.
  • Toss onion and saute till it becomes translucent.
  • Add carrots, bell peppers, corn and peas and fry for 2 mins.
  • Toss tomato and the dry ingredients one by one.
  • Add salt and mix them well.
  • Close the pan and cook for 4-5 mins until veggies are cooked.
 3. Mixing rice and veggie masala
  • Add cooked rice and mix well.
  • Keep frying for 2-3 minutes in low flame.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with raita.
  1. This is my version of tawa pulao adapted from the original recipe(
  2.  I have used the veggies that I had at home, you can even add cauliflower, potatoes etc.
  3. Using ginger garlic paste would give nice flavor. I didnt have garlic and hence used ginger alone.
  4. I had made oven roasted potatoes for side (our kids love them) and I tossed an handful in the pulao before serving.
  5. We like purple onion raita and it goes very well with this pulao.


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