Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao is a term that all Mumbaikar’s are aware of. I am sure there will be not a single person in Mumbai who is not aware of this Tawa pulao. It is absolute flavorsome rice that is sold in every nook and corner of Mumbai. It is instantly cooked with vegetables and tossed with Indian spices.

I walked down to the corner of my street to taste this Tawa Pulao and I watched the bhaiyaji preparing it and could not stop myself from trying it at home. It is so easy and quick to fix. You can also make this from leftover plain rice.

It can be a hands-on recipe for a Bachelors’s or someone who is constantly on the go and still wants to have some tasty food at the end of the day. It is a one-pot meal and can be best relished with vegetables or boondi raita. It an absolute lip-smacking rice dish.

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Recipe of Tawa Pulao

Hetal Kamdar
Tawa Pulao is a term that all Mumbaikar’s are aware of. I am sure there will be not a single person in Mumbai who is not aware of this Tawa pulao.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3
Calories 1174 kcal


  • 4 cups Boiled or Steamed Rice
  • ½ cup boiled peas
  • 2 medium-sized Onions
  • 1 big green capsicum
  • ½ cup finely chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1 small chopped tomato
  • 6-7 cloves of chopped Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 8-10 chopped cashew nuts
  • 3 tbsp Butter Or Oil
  • 2 Green Chilies chopped finely
  • 1 t/s Turmeric Haldi
  • 2 t/s Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala
  • ½ t/s Red Chili Powder
  • Salt as per taste


  • Take a pan and add butter or oil.
  • Once it is hot add cumin seeds and when they crackle stir in chopped Garlic and cashew nuts.
  • Sauté for a minute on low fire.
  • Now add chopped Onions and capsicums. Sauté until they are crispy and golden brown.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and boiled peas. Wait until tomatoes water dries up.
  • Add pav bhaji masala and all the other spices and stir well.
  • Let the vegetable cook for 2 to 3 mins. Combine well with a spoon very carefully.
  • Once all the masalas and vegetables blend well its time to add the rice.
  • Add steamed rice little by gently stirring in.
  • Mix the rice well with the Masalas and veggies without stirring it often and taking care that the rice grain doesn't break.
  • Switch off the stove and garnish the Tawa pulao with some fresh coriander leaves and serve Tawa Pulao hot with Papad and Raita.


You can make this pulav from leftover rice.
You can also add potatoes and paneer to this pulao. Try making this on a big tawa if you have it at home. Pav Bhaji masala is an essential masala for Tawa pulao as that’s how the bhaiyajis make it street side here in Mumbai.
I hope you all will try this recipe in your kitchen and give an ode to Mumbai city.


Sodium: 228mgCalcium: 141mgVitamin C: 60mgVitamin A: 1256IUSugar: 8gFiber: 10gPotassium: 749mgCholesterol: 31mgCalories: 1174kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 8gFat: 16gProtein: 23gCarbohydrates: 229gIron: 5mg
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