Tawa Pulao Mumbai Style Recipe

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).

To make this recipe the rice are cooked separately and then added to the mixture. So this recipe is a good way to use leftover rice in the house.

Vegetables for tawa pulao

I have added vegetables like onion, capsicum, tomato, peas, corn in the rice but you can add any other vegetables of your choice.

Vegetables like carrot, beans, potatoes and cauliflower also go well with this pulao. I have also added paneer cubes to the rice, you can skip it to make a vegan version.

Serving suggestions

This pulao is generally served along with a Raita like Onion Tomato Raita or Mint Raita and Kachumbar Salad on the side.

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

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

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 62g

Protein: 13g

Ingredients For Tawa Pulao Recipe

  • 1 Cup Plain Basmati Rice or 2-3 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 Medium-sized Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small Capsicum, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Peas, boiled
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Kernels, boiled
  • 2 Small Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 100 gm Paneer, diced into cubes
  • 1-2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • ~1 Inch Piece of Ginger, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Haldi/ Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Teaspoon Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 3 Tablespoon Cooking Oil

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Tawa Pulao Recipe

  • Cook 1 cup of plain basmati rice separately. This will yield around 2-3 cups of cooked rice, keep them aside to be used later in the recipe.

    Basic White Rice Recipe
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wide pan or kadhai and roast 1 teaspoon cumin seeds till they start to crackle.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Then add 3-4 cloves of minced garlic and ~1 inch piece of grated ginger. Also add 1-2 finely chopped green chillies and fry them.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Add 1 thinly sliced medium-sized onion and fry till it is golden brown.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Then add 1 small diced capsicum and saute. Keep stirring the vegetables continuously and do not overcook the vegetables, let them be slightly crispy.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Boil 1/2 cup of peas and 1/2 cup of corn kernels separately till they are soft. You can also microwave them with some water to boil them. Add the boiled peas and corn kernels to the rice.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Then add 2 small diced tomatoes. Stir the tomatoes and vegetables for 1-2 minutes while they cook.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Then add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon Haldi / Turmeric Powder, 2 teaspoons Pav Bhaji Masala and 1 teaspoon salt, or as required. Mix all the spices with the vegetables.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Add 100gm of paneer diced into small cubes.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Then add 2-3 cups of cooked plain basmati rice to the mixture and mix well.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Toss the rice to coat them evenly with the masala. Also sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice (around 1 tablespoon) in the rice.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe Instructions
  • Tawa Pulao is ready. Serve it hot with any raita.

    Tawa Pulao Recipe

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