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Tawa Pulao

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Tawa Pulao is one of the popular Mumbai street foods which is spicy and tangy. This can be easily replicated in any home kitchen. So here is the recipe for this yummy Tawa Pulao







  • Basmathi Rice: 1 Cup (wash, rinse and drain till it runs clear)
  • Dry Red Chilli Whole – to taste (soak for half an hr or cook in microwave in 2 Tbsp of water for 2 mins)
  • Garlic – 3 big cloves
  • Bell Peppers (finely chopped) – 1 Cup
  • Beans (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
  • Caroot (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1/2 cup
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1/2 cup
  • Boiled and slightly mashed peas – 1/2 cup
  • Butter – 2 Tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Pav Bhaji Masala – 2 tsp
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon juice – to taste
  • Water – 1/4 cup approx (add if the mixture is becoming dry)
  • Cilantro – 1/4 Cup



  • Blend Red Chillies with garlic to a coarse paste and set it aside.
  • Heat a non stick Tawa add butter, cumin seeds allow them to sizzle for a while then add in onion. Keep the heat on High through out the recipe.
  • Cook till the onion turn soft then add in the blended masala and cook till garlic is cooked and doesn’t have any raw smell. Make sure to keep stirring the mixture as it gets cooked evenly without burning any of the ingredients.
  • Then move the onion from the center of the pan and add the beans and carrot, pinch of salt to help them cook faster. After two mins keep them away from the center and carry on with the peppers.
  • Cook the peppers till they are smoky but still crunchy and do the same with the pepers(move away from the pan)
  • Add in the tomato cook till mushy (if needed sprinkle water if the mixture is going dry in any of the steps )
  • Add in peas, water and mix everything together with all the vegetables that we moved away from the pan previously
  • Now add in the red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala powder, salt, turmeric powder and cook for 30 secs.
  • Add in the cooked rice and mix with the vegetables and masala. Sprinkle water whenever needed
  • Add in lemon juice and cilantro. Mix in through Serve piping hot as is or with raitha.


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