Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao is a spicy and popular Indian street food dish made by cooking rice along with various vegetables and a generous dose of spices. It gets its distinctive taste from the addition of pav bhaji masala and lemon juice.

Tawa Pulao is very famous as street food in India and is especially popular in Maharashtra. Street vendors often make it on a huge flat pans called tawas in hindi, that’s where it gets its name from. At home, you can make this in any wide pan or kadhai (wok).

This pulao is very similar in flavor to pav bhaji, which is a very popular street food in Mumbai. While preparing pav bhaji, street vendors generally mix the bhaji with some rice to make tawa pulao.

To make this recipe the rice are cooked separately and then added to the mixture. To avoid making the pulao mushy, it’s best to use day old rice for this recipe, which is a great way to use leftover rice in the house.

Vegetables for tawa pulao

The pulao makes use of the same vegetables that are added in pav bhaji. The gravy is made from onions and tomatoes. Then vegetables like capsicum, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, beans and peas are added to the rice. You can also add paneer cubes if you like.

One difference though is in the cooking & texture of the vegetables. For pav bhaji the vegetables are generally mashed, whereas they still retain some bite in tawa pulao.

One easy variation that you can do is to shallow fry the vegetables like potatoes, carrots & cauliflower instead of boiling them. Adding lightly fried and crispy vegetables to the pulao elevates it to a whole new level.

Serving suggestions

Tawa pulao has strong flavors and can be served on it’s own. However it taste even better with with a raita like onion tomato raita or mint raita.

You can also serve it with kachumbar salad, a simple onion salad, yoghurt, pickle or roasted papad on the side.

To make Tawa Pulao at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Recipe Info

Servings: 4

CategoryMain Course

Cuisine: Indian

Total Time:

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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories427

Fat9g

Carbohydrates: 77g

Protein: 9g

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Ingredients For Tawa Pulao Recipe

  • 1.5 Cup Plain Basmati Rice
  • 1 Small Potato
  • 1 Carrot
  • 5-6 Green Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Cauliflower Florets
  • 1/4 Cup Green Peas
  • 1 Medium-sized Onion
  • 2 Small Tomatoes
  • 1 Small Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper)
  • 1-2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 2 Teaspoon Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Teaspoon Oil

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Tawa Pulao Recipe

  • Cook 1.5 cup of plain basmati rice separately. This will yield around 4-5 cups of cooked rice, keep them aside to be used later in the recipe. Also boil the vegetables.

    Basic White Rice Recipe
  • Add a little oil in a wide pan or kadai. Then add butter and melt it. The oil is added so that the butter does not burn.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 1
  • Add cumin seeds to the butter and fry then for a few seconds.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 2
  • When the cumin seeds start to crackle, add 1 thinly sliced onion.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 3
  • Also add finely chopped green chillies, minced ginger and garlic to the pan.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 4
  • Fry the onions till they golden brown in color.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 5
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes to the pan. Cook them till they become soft.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 6
  • Then add pav bhaji masala, turmeric powder (haldi), red chilli powder and salt. Mix and roast the masala for 2-3 minutes.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 7
  • Add finely chopped capsicum (green bell pepper) to the pan. Mix and cook for 2 minutes.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 9
  • Also add half of the chopped coriander leaves. The rest will be added in the end.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 10
  • Mix well and cook for a minute.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 11
  • Add the boiled vegetables to the pan. I've added around 2 cups of vegetables here which include potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans and cauliflower.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 12
  • Mix the vegetables with the gravy. Some people also prefer to mash the vegetables similar to pav bhaji.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 13
  • Add the boiled rice to the mixture.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 14
  • Toss the rice to coat them evenly with the masala.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 15
  • Add some finely chopped coriander leaves. Also sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice in the rice.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 16
  • Mix the coriander and lemon well with the rice.

    Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe Step By Step Instructions 17
  • Tawa pulao is ready. Serve it hot plain or with any raita.

    Tawa pulao is a spicy and popular street food from Mumbai, made with rice cooked with vegetables and flavored with pav bhaji masala.

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