Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao is a term which all Mumbaikars are well versed with. I can bet there will be not a single person in Mumbai who must have not eaten Mumbai Tawa Pulao. For those who don’t know what Tawa Pulao is, Let me tell you Tawa Pulao is sold on Mumbai Streets. In almost all corners, junctions or roads of Mumbai you will find Tawa Pulaos.

When I ate this Tawa pulao one time, I had the taste lingering in my mouth for a longer time. It tasted familiar to something which I prepare. I was surprised to know the addition of the Pav bhaji masala to the rice. When asked to one of my friends, she said it is very usual and normal in Mumbai street foods to have this masala cooked along with their rice and called as Tawa Pulao. This is made in the same large skillet where Pav Bhaji masala is heated. This rice is also heated along side and is made using the Pav bhaji masala.

More than to the yummy taste, it is so easy to prepare, esp., when you run out of vegetables. It requires less amount of veggies or you can also prepare with left over rice. They taste as good as always.

Sundar loves Pulao equally to Sambar. So I try to prepare them mostly on weekends, so he can have them very relaxed. With such hectic weeks around, I think eating something together as a family is the most relaxed way of having yummy lunch or dinner.

Tawa Pulao
(Print this Recipe)

You need

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil ( I used olive oil)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 inch ginger, grated
2-3 cloves of garlic. sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 large capsicum, chopped
3-4 large tomatoes, chopped finely
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala
1/2 cup green peas, frozen (if using fresh, boil it before hand)
2-3 green chillies
About 2-1/2 cups cooked rice (leftovers work great)
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish, as needed

Heat the butter in a pan (You can either use all butter or all oil for the recipe). Add the seeds- cumin seeds, fennel seeds when aromatic, add onions, ginger, garlic, chillies along with salt. Saute until aromatic and onions turn translucent.

Add the chopped tomatoes, bell peppers along with little water. Cook in high heat for few minutes until water starts oozing out of the tomatoes, and then reduce the heat and simmer until the tomatoes are cooked. Add the spices and mix them well.

Add the rice and cilantro and peas. Give it a toss and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Serve Hot with your favorite raita. I prepared the Bread raita, which was too good for the pulao.

Sending the Pulao to Tomato Blues for the event, Celebrating Street Foods. 


  1. the platter looks inviting...Very yummy...

  2. lovely preparation,pulao looks so yumm,bread raitha sounds interesting..
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  3. Perfect lunch box recipe. will make for my hubby. thnx :)


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