Tawa Pulao

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


  • 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)


  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