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Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

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Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

 Tawa pulao is popular Mumbai street food. All the pav bhaji stalls serves this delicious rice called tawa pulao. They make this in big batches earlier and give you appropriate portion with a dollop of butter on top as you order. It has flavor of pav bhaji in it.

It is not only available in Mumbai streets, but now all over the India there are many pav bhaji stalls and they serve this yummy pulao. Basically it is prepared on same tawa/tava on which pav bhaji is made. So it is known as tawa pulao.

It can be made from left over rice at home. But dear husband likes this pulao so much; I do specially cook rice to make this pulao. Lots of veggies are added to this pulao, and pav bhaji masala and lemon juice take this pulao to the whole new level. It is so flavorful.

Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

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To serve it same as stall or restaurant style. Remove the pulao on serving bowl, add dollop of butter on top and lemon wedges on side.

I have used butter in the recipe to make it same as pav bhaji vendors does. But for health reason you can use oil instead. You will not miss that much flavor. Only thing is that with butter it will be little rich.

Step by step recipe for Tawa pulao:

1) Take green peas and carrot in a microwave safe bowl, sprinkle little salt and add few tablespoons of water. Cover it and microwave it for 3-4 minutes (time varies depending on your microwave). I have used frozen peas but if you using fresh peas then you need to cook few more minutes. Alternately you can boil them or pressure cook them.

2) Heat the oil and butter in a pan. on medium heat.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

3) Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle a bit.

4) Then saute ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilies for a minute.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

5) Mix in onions, sprinkle some salt to speed up the cooking process.

6) Cook till they are light brown in color.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

7) Add green pepper and tomatoes.

8) Mix well and add ¼ cup of water, so tomatoes get cook fast.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

9) Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and pav bhaji masala.

10) Mix well.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

11) Let it cook till tomatoes are almost mushy and oil starts leave the sides of the pan.

12) Add cooked peas and carrots.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

13) Mix and cook for 2 minutes.

14) Add cooked rice.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

15) Mix everything very gently without breaking the rice grains. cook for 2 minutes, so rice gets heated through.

16) Finally squeeze some lemon juice, mix and it is ready to serve.
Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

Make this delicious and exactly same tasting as street stalls tawa pulao at home. Enjoy..

Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav

Here is the tawa pulao recipe:

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Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai street food recipe | Tava Pulav
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Tawa Pulao recipe - a popular Mumbai street food, rice is sauteed with vegetables and spiced with pav bhaji masala
Category: Rice dishes
Cuisine: Mumbai street food, Indian
Yield: 2-3 Servings
  • Cooked rice - 3 cups **Notes
  • Green peas - ½ cup
  • Carrot – ½ cup, chopped
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Butter – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger paste – ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic paste – ½ teaspoon
  • Green chilies – 3, chopped
  • Onions – ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Green pepper (Capsicum) – ½ cup, chopped
  • Tomatoes – 1 ¼ cups, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Red chili powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Pav Bhaji masala – 4 teaspoons
  • Water – ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – to taste
**Notes –
  1. Boil the peas and carrots in microwave or in pressure cooker. Keep it aside till needed.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  3. Saute ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilies for a minute.
  4. Then add onions with some salt and cook till they are light brown.
  5. Then mix in capsicum and tomatoes with ¼ cup of water.
  6. Add turmeric, red chili powder and pav bhaji masala. Mix well and cook till oil starts to leave the sides and tomatoes are mushy.
  7. Mix in cooked peas and carrot, cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Then mix in rice very gently. let the rice heated.
  9. lastly add lemon juice, mix and serve.
Additional Info
Taste – Spicy with pav bhaji flavor

Shelf life – once it cools completely, it can be kept in airtight container in refrigerator up to 4-5 days.

Serving suggestions – serve it with salad or plain yogurt or raita and crispy papad as a meal.


Categorized under Mumbai Street Food (Chaat Recipes), Pulaos, Biryanis, Rice Dishes

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  • Zest and Leisure January 4, 2015, 4:51 pm

    Hi! I love this preparation. It’s a perfect recipe for quick lunch on a lazy afternoon. Thanks!

  • David G September 1, 2014, 3:05 am

    Hello Kanan. I made this tonight and my wife and I loved it, but it was a bit too spicy for us. I loved the complexity of flavors but I think I’ll use less masala spice and omit the red pepper next time. I look forward to trying more of your recipes soon!

    • Kanan September 1, 2014, 8:08 pm

      You can make it less spicy by reducing or skipping the red chili powder and green chilies in the recipe without compromising other flavors. Hope you like other recipes as well.

  • Anjana June 21, 2014, 5:31 am

    Hey kanan, totally unrelated to this post. Was looking up some soup related recipes on google and saw you mention somewhere in ur blog that you were trying to master restaurant style tomato soup. You might want to check out kopycat.com . They have a great recipe for recreating panera bread style tomato soup.

    • Kanan June 21, 2014, 2:56 pm

      Thanks Anjana, I browse that website and it has pretty good recipes. will try my hands on some. I am trying to make Indian style creamy tomato soup that we get in Indian restaurants.

  • nagesh January 3, 2014, 11:42 am

    Hi,i tried this…its awesome…anyhow we r adding tomato right so i dint put lemon juice…

    • Kanan January 3, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Glad that you liked it.

  • Padma August 17, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Yummy recipe..Will be trying it out tonight…
    hey btw, I like your lemon squeezer, do you mind telling me where you purchased it…


    • Kanan August 17, 2012, 2:16 pm

      I bought this lemon squeezer from Walmart. If you try recipe, give us your feedback. So it will help others.

  • priyanka August 16, 2012, 12:32 pm

    yummy soooooooooooooo tasty nd mouthwatering pulao

  • PT August 16, 2012, 7:04 am

    street side food are always awesome..

  • Divya Pramil August 16, 2012, 5:57 am

    Yummy sounds delicious..I love street side food :)

  • Soni August 15, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Yumm, so so delish looking and a great one pot meal :)

  • Prathima Rao August 15, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Mouthwatering pulao!!

  • Priya Mahadevan August 15, 2012, 11:34 am

    Love the pictures – I make this often – add some sambar powder to it and none of the masalas and this becomes sambar rice :)
    Looks super yummy!

  • meena August 15, 2012, 10:42 am

    have always relished tawa pulao

    next time i have left over rice wud make it ur way

    excellent dish

  • mittu August 15, 2012, 10:16 am

    Had sum basmathi rice & other ingredients..was running out of butter and the pav bhaji masala..got them later n followed these instructions ..amd Voila!!! Turned out soooo well…my hubby just relished it…superb stuff..thx for the recipe.. thumbs up!!!

    • Kanan August 15, 2012, 12:06 pm

      Your comment just made my day.. I am glad that you and your husband loved it.

  • Cakewhiz August 15, 2012, 4:43 am

    This would be a wonderful way to use up left over rice from the previous night’s dinner and it looks so flavorful!