Tawa Pulao Recipe or Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao Step By Step recipe. Tawa Pulao is a popular Mumbai street food and is super easy to make. Leftover rice works best for this recipe and is a super hit with kids too.
Today I’m posting a recipe for the famous Tawa Pulao Recipe that will instantly take you back to the streets of Bombay. If you’re from Mumbai and a true Mumbaikar, then you may have discovered the secret behind this flavourful Mumbai favourite, but if you still haven’t, then it’s time to explore the flavours of the unexplored Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao or Tava Pulao.
This pulao is quite common in Mumbai and you’ll find that it is available in most chaat shops or local pav bhaji counters. So what makes this Tawa Pulao Recipe so special you ask, let’s see the recipe to find out.
Now the reason it’s called Tawa pulao is because it is cooked on the same tawa as pav bhaji, imbibing all the rich flavours of the pav bhaji masala. What’s great about this tawa pulao is that the vegetables are still crunchy and there is a perfect balance of flavours from the masalas used.
To make this pulao recipe, first the rice I cooked, I’m using long grain rice for this recipe. Rice is to be soaked for about 30 minutes in enough water, after which the water is drained and rice is cooked with water and salt. The rice once cooked, is allowed to cool.
You could also make this recipe using day old rice and it ensures that each grain is apart, without making the pulao sticky. Next water is heated in the pan and the veggies like peas, carrots and beans are added and allowed to cook till softened.
Once cooked, the vegetables are drained and kept aside. Then some butter is heated in a pan to which cumin seeds are added, followed by the addition of onion, ginger, garlic and green chilli. Once the onions become translucent, tomatoes and capsicum are added and fried for a few minutes. To this mix, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and pav bhaji masala are added and cooked.
Water is added, and the boiled vegetables and cooked rice are also added to the tawa mixture. As a final touch, some freshly squeezed lime juice and chopped coriander are put in.
This Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao is to be served hot with raita and crunchy papad. You could try any of these raita recipes I’ve posted as an accompaniment to this pulao: Tomato Onion Raita, Mooli Dill Raita or Spring Onion Peanut Raita. Some of the other pulao recipes you could try this summer are: Bengali Mishti Pulao, Veg Pulao, Achari Veg Pulao, a healthy Spinach Millet Pulao or our delicious One Pot Tomato Chicken Pulao.
Although the name suggests that this pulao be made on a tawa or a griddle but if you don’t have a huge tawa at home, a kadai will solve the purpose well. So here is how to make Tawa Pulao Recipe.
Step by step Tawa Pulao Recipe (Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao)
Tawa Pulao Recipe (Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao)
Tawa Pulao is a popular Mumbai street food and is super easy to make. Leftover rice works best for this recipe and is a super hit with kids too.
- 3 cups Cooked Rice
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/2 cup Onion Chopped
- 2 tsp Ginger Grated
- 2 tsp Garlic Chopped
- 1 tsp Green Chilli Chopped
- 1/4 cup Capsicum Chopped
- 1/2 cup Tomato Chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 2 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
- 1/4 cup Peas
- 1/4 cup Carrots Chopped
- 1/4 cup Beans Chopped
- 2 tsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Coriander Chopped
Heat water in a pan.
Add peas, carrots and beans and cook till softened.
Drain and keep aside.
Heat butter in a Tawa or Griddle.
Add cumin seeds and let them crackle for a while.
Add onion, ginger, garlic and green chile and fry until onion turns transparent.
Add tomatoes and capsicum and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and pav bhaji masala and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add little water if required.
Keep mashing the masala while cooking.
Add the boiled vegetables and cooked rice and mix well.
Add lemon juice and fresh coriander and mix well.
Serve hot with raita and papad.