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Tawa Pulao

May 19, 2013         one comment.

A one pot meal. Say what? Yes. A one pot meal. Again. And again. And again.

Only cuz I’m good at ’em. And I love ’em. And I make ’em all the time. Like seriously – ALL THE TIME.

Living in India is awesome. Maybe I’m saying that coz I’ve never left my nest. But seriously, I love that I could end up in any corner of the country and still be able to get my staple food – Rice. Basmati Rice!

So, Tawa Pulao is only the most delicious street food lunch dish prepared ahead of time by the vendors and quickly heated on the Tawa (or the griddle) and served as orders pour in. Like any dish, you’d find hundreds of variations to this recipe. This is just the way I make it – mildly spicy yet full of flavor!

Note: Usually, you sauté onions too. But I didn’t have any so I decided to skip it. It still tasted delicious. The printable recipe however includes onions.

In a wok (pan with high sides), heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil and add the cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and green chilli. Sauté for a minute or until the aroma from the dry spices starts to come out.

If using onions, ginger & garlic add that first and sauté for a couple minutes until lightly caramelized and then add the rest of the veggies. Since I didn’t use any, I directly added bell peppers & carrots. (you can also add cauliflowers) Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add Pav Bhaji Masala and mix well. (You can add Garam Masala too. But Tawa Pulao is known for its Pav Bhaji taste)

Add the diced tomatoes and sauté until they are well cooked (they will reduce to a mush)

 

Meanwhile, thaw and boil the peas in salted water until they are soft.

Add the peas to the veggies mixture.

Add about 1/4 cup of water (or vegetable stock) and let that reduce. This is just so that we have a kind of sauce like consistency to mix the rice.

Season with salt and mix well.

Add Mint leaves (optional)

Add cooked & fluffed up rice

Mix well

Serve hot!

Print

Tawa Pulao


  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of cooked rice * (see note below)
  • 1 Medium Onion, sliced thinly (optional)
  • 1 cup Vegetables (mixture of Bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, green beans)
  • 1 medium Tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas (fresh or thawed)
  • 1/2 cup Mint leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp grated Ginger
  • 1 tsp grated Garlic
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Green chilli, slit lengthwise (get rid of seeds for less spicy version) (or use any chilli for spiciness)
  • 12 TBsp Pav Bhaji Masala Powder (or Garam masala) (Adjust according to how intense a flavor you want your Pulao to have)
  • 1 TBsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 TBsp Vegetable Oil
  • 23 Tbsp Cilantro (or Parsley or coriander leaves) – for garnish

Note – How to cook Rice

  • For this dish, any leftover rice would work great. Or cook rice and fluff it up with a fork. Basmati Rice works best. But any kind of rice can be used (brown, white)

Instructions

  1. In a wok (pan with high sides), heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil and add the cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and green chilli. Sauté for a minute or until the aroma from the dry spices starts to come out.
  2. Add onions and ginger & garlic and sauté for a couple minutes until lightly caramelized.
  3. Add the rest of the veggies and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add Pav Bhaji Masala and mix well.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes and sauté until they are well cooked (they will reduce to a mush)
  6. Meanwhile, thaw and boil the peas in salted water until they are soft and add the peas to the veggies mixture.
  7. Add about 1/4 cup of water (or vegetable stock) and let that reduce. This is just so that we have a kind of sauce like consistency to mix the rice.
  8. Season with salt and mix well.
  9. Add Mint leaves (optional)
  10. Add cooked & fluffed up rice
  11. Mix well, garnish with cilantro leaves & Serve hot!

  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Indian, Mumbai

 





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