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Friday, June 5, 2015

Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe | Indian One Pot Meal | How To Make Tava Pulav

Tawa Pulao or Tava Pulav is a much sought after street food of Mumbai. A plateful of tawa pulao titillates the hunger pang with its colorful look. Spicy and crunchy to eat goes well for a day meal with an accompaniment of one's choice. I was introduced to this famous street food on my last trip to the city, where I had the opportunity to taste their signature street food. I took an instant liking towards this dish. Readily available vegetables and the quick preparation time is an add on. 

The Churchgate area is lined with street vendors and lunch time is swarming with people. Armed with a huge iron griddle and a ladle the vendor rustles up Tawa Pulao in no time as most of the ingredients are the same as Pav Bhaji sans the Pav. Besides the vegetables Pav Bhaji masala is the main spice used.

2 cups Basmati rice
1/4 cup Green peas
1/4 cup French Beans, chopped
1/4 cup Carrot, chopped
1/4 cup Capsicum, chopped
1/4 Onion thinly sliced
1/4 cup tomato, chopped
1-2 green chilies chopped
1 tbsp Cumin seeds
2 tbsp Pav Bhaji malasa 
2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder if you like extra spicy rice
2-3 tbsp Butter
Juice of 1 lemon
Coriander leaves for garnishing 
Salt to taste

Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes. This Tawa pulao is a quick fix if made with leftover rice. Otherwise cook 2 cups Basmati rice first in 4 cups of water in which do add a tbsp of oil and some salt. Cover and cook till the rice is 90 % done. Later fluff it up with a fork and keep aside to cool. 

 Heat butter in a pan or tawa, once it is hot add cumin seeds. When it begins to crackle add onions. Fry the onions until they turn translucent, then add ginger-garlic paste. 

Saute for a minute on a low flame or till you get a nice aroma. Add french beans, carrot, capsicum and green peas in the same order. Fry until they are crisp.

  Now add Turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes water dries up. Sprinkle red chili powder if you want your rice dish extra spicy.

 Add pav bhaji masala red chilly powder, salt and add rice little by little, be gentle as over mixing will break the basmati strands. Turn off the heat, add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Serve it piping hot with plain raita.


  • I have noticed if you use leftover rice from previous day then rice grains are non sticky and standout.
  • If making with fresh rice, make sure the rice is not very hot as while mixing it may get sticky and clump together.
  • When mixing rice with the masala do it in small portions as it might break.
  • You can also add 1 boiled potato in this dish.


  1. oh wow, this is a street food in India!!! I am getting hungry just by looking at it,

  2. oh wow, this is a street food in India!!! I am getting hungry just by looking at it,

  3. I always love tawa pulao. This looks spicy n attractive

  4. Love ur pics and how I wish I could have that plate for myself :)

  5. It's indeed a popular preparation here in Mumbai and not every one can make it so well. I'm sure yours must have been delicious.
    Happy to see the wooden spoon in your pics😊


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