Tawa Pulao ~ Rice with Spices, An Indian Street Food

September 20, 2011 · 28 comments

in Cuisine : Indian, Rice

Tawa Pulao

I am back after a short absence. The reason being (for the absence, not me being back) a 10 day vacation to France and Italy. It was such an awesome trip and we had such a great time there that I did not want to come back home :( But then that is what you have to do right? :) We saw a lot of places, ate a lot of awesome food, drank a LOT of wine and of course took pictures of everything! I have a couple of posts coming up about that, so stay tuned!

<snapping out of day dreaming > and getting back to today’s recipe.

Will you believe me if I said I did not know about something called Tawa Pulao till like a couple of years ago?!? I seriously did not! And the day I discovered this I just loved it! But then again I did not know that Pav Bhaji masala was what went into this. I very recently discovered that and ventured out to make this. It is super super simple to make and I wish I knew about this much earlier!

Note: Pav Bhaji masala is the spice mix that goes into making the mixed vegetable curry which is eaten with buttered pav/bun/bread (like dinner rolls). It is a very popular Indian street food.


I am craving this so much as I write this post as I made this before we left for the trip and I can still remember the flavors dancing in my mouth. Maybe it’s time I made this again :)


Tawa Pulao – The Recipe

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s Tawa Pulao Recipe

  • Cooked basmati rice – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Crushed garlic – 1 tbsp
  • Crushed ginger – 1 tsp
  • Red Onion – 1, chopped finely
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili powder / Cayenne powder – 1 tsp
  • Thai green chillie – 1, slit in half
  • Pav Bhaji masala powder – 2 tsp
  • Carrots – 2 big, diced into small pieces
  • Frozen green peas – 1/2 cup
  • Green Bell Pepper – 1, diced
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Some fresh chopped cilantro, more chopped red onions and juice of 1/2 limes – for serving



Heat the oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds. Wait till they are aromatic and splutter a little. Add the ginger and garlic, give it a swirl and add the onions to it. Let the onions brown a little.

Add the green chillie, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala. Saute for a while. Add the tomatoes to this mix. Saute till the tomatoes get cooked. Now add the carrots and bell peppers to it. Sprinkle a little water and close the pan to help cook the carrots. Once they are cooked, add the green peas, salt and the rice and mix well.

Sprinkle a little chopped cilantro on top for garnish and serve with more chopped cilantro, chopped onions and slices/juice from 2 limes.


{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shireen Sequeira September 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Wow! The tawa pulao is beautiful, makes me want to get up & cook it RIGHT NOW!! :)


2 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

thanks Shireen!


3 Sreevalli September 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

First time to u r place & u have a beautiful space here.Pulao looks yummy..


4 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

Thanks Sreevalli! Hope you enjoyed it here and hope to see you again soon! :)


5 Sharmilee September 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Wow sounds so flavourful n yummy


6 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

Thanks Sharmilee!


7 Arch September 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Lovely pics, glad you had a wonderful holiday ! You should eat this tava pulav off the streets in Bombay, they add a lot of butter on the tava and almost fry the pulav, its yummy !!!


8 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

Yes, Arch, I should! Next time im in Bombay!


9 nisha September 21, 2011 at 1:23 am

that does look great manju…book marking it and tht ceramic bowl is to die for, great colour


10 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

thanks Nisha!! :)


11 Tadka Pasta September 21, 2011 at 7:44 am

Good looking pulao, lovely pics and its great to have you back!


12 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

thanks TP, great to be back too :)


13 Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com September 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

I bet they don’t serve it so beautifully on the street. Very nice photos and tasty recipe.


14 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

haha..thanks Eva :)


15 Pooja V September 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I love Tawa pulao. It goes perfect with pav bhaji. Lovely recipe.


16 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

Thanks Pooja :)


17 Reshmi Mahesh September 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Delicious and tempting pulao…


18 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

thanks Reshmi!


19 kankana September 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Your photos were beautiful .. made me wish for a similar trip :)
This is one of those goto pulao I used to make when I was in a crazy busy schedule with hardly any time to eat


20 Manju September 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

Thanks girl! :)


21 Radhika September 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Thanks for stopping by to wish..
I am yet to see your vacation pictures.. I’m sure you had a fabulous vacation!
And this pulao looks spicy delish! (didn’t know Pav bhaji masala went in..)


22 Shri October 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Sounds like you had fun! The tawa pulao looks gorgeous!


23 Rabiya fathima October 14, 2011 at 1:39 am

Woow its delicious n yummy……


24 a spoonful of yumm November 3, 2011 at 1:36 am

the green peas are huge !! tawa pulao looks fabulous & yummy :)


25 Kristen Alfonso March 7, 2015 at 3:58 am

This is such a lovely recipe I tried it nd taste gjd without bell peppers i wanted something quick nd did not hv bell peppers so… nyways thanks


26 Manju April 2, 2015 at 10:47 am

Thanks Kristen! :)


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