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Tawa pulao

Tawa pulao is a popular Indian street food, especially in Mumbai. Best one pot meal, to make use of left over rice too. Buttery and flavourful with masalas.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3


  • Pan
  • knife
  • chopping board


  • 1 cup Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • 1 cup Carrot, beans, frozen peas chopped
  • 2 Onion
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 Green chilli
  • 2 Tomato
  • 1 Capsicum small
  • tsp Red chilli powder
  • Pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ cup Coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Salt - As needed

To temper

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida/ hing


  • Soak basmati rice for 30 mins. Pressure cook with salt for 3 whistles (1 & ¼ cup watein medium flame after 1st whistle and once done, fluff it, cool it, set aside.
  • Heat a pan with butter, temper with cumin and add hing. Add thinly sliced onions and fry till transparent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute in medium flame.Add finely chopped tomatoes with chilli, little salt and fry till soft.
  • I microwaved the veggies for 2 mins with a tbsp of water to cook it. But you can add as such to tomatoes and cook covered too. Add the veggies and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add capsicum and fry for a minute. Add coriander leaves, red chilli and pav bhaji powders, mix well.
  • Cook until oil separates and add the lemon juice, mix well.
  • Add the cooked rice finally mix carefully without breaking the rice.  You can mix after switching off the flame.


  • I liked the addition of hing in this recipe, though I could not find any flavor of it.
  • Make sure to look for salt, we add it in rice and while cooking tomatoes too.
    Balance the salt, tanginess, spiciness, you will get this rice perfect taste.
  • The original recipe says - Butter gives best taste. Also they have asked to mash the veggies, which I didn’t do.