Tasty Tawa Pulao Recipe

by Debarati Ghosh

 

Tawa pulao is a popular rice dish especially in Mumbai prepared with different vegetables and pav bhaji masala which gives it a lot of flavor. It is generally made on a griddle or a tawa as per preference hence the name Tawa Pulao. It is easy to prepare and makes a satisfying one pot meal for lunch or dinner. Tawa Pulao tastes delicious alone and goes well with curd or any type of raita. It is prepared quite often at my home and is loved by all. Addition of different types of vegetable makes it even healthier and the pav bhaji masala gives it the unique delectable taste.

Tasty Tawa Pulao RecipeTips-

  • While cooking rice make sure not to overcook it as we want the grains to be cooked yet firm and separated.
  • Mix in rice with the vegetables gently to prevent the long rice grains from breaking.
  • You can use vegetables of your choice and can also go ahead and add boiled cauliflower and potatoes as well.
  • Adding garam masala is optional, I added it for some extra flavor but it also can be skipped.
  • It can also be prepared with leftover rice making the process more quick and easy.
  • Tawa pulao tastes great on its own as well can be served with some curd or a raita.
Ingredients
  • Cooked Basmati Rice- 4 cups
  • Onions-2 medium sized
  • Tomatoes- 3 large
  • Capsicum- 1 large
  • Green Beans- 8-10
  • Carrot- 1 large
  • Green Peas- ½ cup
  • Ginger paste- 1tsp
  • Garlic paste- 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds (Jeera)- 1 tsp
  • Pav Bhaji Masala- 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala- ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder- 1 tsp
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Butter- 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Wash all the vegetables, peel the Carrots and onion and chop everything into fine pieces to keep aside.
  2. Boil green beans, carrots and green peas in adequate water till well cooked, drain and keep aside.
  3. In a pan heat the oil and butter and add the cumin seeds, once the seeds start to crackle add in the ginger and garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes on medium flame.
  4. Then add the chopped onions and fry for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
  5. Next add in the chopped capsicum and a pinch of salt and mix them together. Saute it for 2-3 minutes on medium flame stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5-6 minutes stirring in between till they become soft and slightly mushy until they are well cooked.
  7. Now it’s time to add all the spice powders and boiled vegetables, add in the Pav bhaji masala, Chilli powder, Garam masala and Salt according to taste along with remaining vegetables.
  8. Mix everything well and cook on low flame for a minute before adding the rice.
  9. At last add the cooked basmati rice mixing everything nicely and cook on low flame for 2 minutes.
  10. Garnish the tawa pulao with some chopped coriander leaves and it is ready to serve.