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Tawa pulao recipe

Tawa pulao recipe a famous street food which is cooked on the same tawa, pav bhaji masala is made.
Course Lunch, Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Sharmilee J


  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup capsicum
  • 1 cup boiled vegetables (carrot,peas,potato)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp pav bhaji masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

To temper:

  • 1 tbsp butter optional
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp jeera


  • Pressure cook the vegetables for just 2 whistles, drain water and keep aside. Heat butter+oil in a nonstick pan – add jeera allow it to crackle. Then add ginger garlic paste, saute till golden then add onion along with salt saute until transparent.
  • Add tomatoes,capsicum saute for few mins.Then using a masher mash it up.
  • Add red chilli powder , garam masala powder, pav bhaji masala powder and saute till the spice powder is mixed well.Add cooked vegetables.
  • Saute well until the veggies are coated well.Add cooked rice and toss well.
  • Cook in high heat for 2 mins, mix well then switch it off. Squeeze lemon juice and add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot!
  • Serve hot with onion raita.


  • Make sure the veggies dont lose its crunchnesss which is the speciality of this pulao.
    Onion raita is the best combination for this tawa pulao, but you can serve it with cucumber raita too.
  • The veggies can be pressure cooked in advance else you can add water and cook it in pan too.
  • Presoak the rice for 15 mins then pressure cook the rice for 3 whistles with 1(rice):1.5 cups(water) so that rice is cooked with grains separated.