Tawa Pulao Recipe | Mumbai Tawa Pulao | How to Make Pulao

Tawa pulao recipe with step by step pictures and the quick recipe video

What is Tawa pulao?

Tawa pulao is a very delicious, spicy, flavourful and tangy pulao loaded with lots of crunchy vegetables. It is very easy and quick to make. Tawa pulao is a street food item, you can find many street vendors selling especially in the Mumbai. In Mumbai Pav Bhaji is a deadly combination. It is called tawa pulao because it is prepared on the tawa which is used to prepare bhaji.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Tawa pulao

Tawa pulao calls for rice, vegetables and pav bhaji masala. It is prepared using the bhaji made for pav bhaji but here I am sharing an easy recipe that doesn’t call for bhaji. Pav bhaji masala takes care of the flavours, heat and zing!! I have used homemade pav bhaji masala. And believe me, homemade is the best! As regards the rice, I have used left over long grain basmati rice. For the best results, I would advise using leftover rice. However, if you make fresh rice, refrigerate them till cold and then proceed with the recipe! This is done to ensure that rice don’t break and turn mushy, when cooked. As regards the vegetables, I have used cabbage, carrots, peas etc. You may also use cauliflower; french beans or any other veggies as your choice. Pav bhaji masala takes good care of the required heat and flavours; however we can’t ignore the contribution of ginger, garlic and green chillies. They take the to the street level… as in they add those flavours which are indispensable for street foods.


So simple to make, so lip smacking, so street style – TAWA PULAO

Ingredients for Tawa Pulao

  1. 1 tbsp oil
  2. 2 tbsp butter
  3. 2 onions cut lengthwise
  4. 1 and 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic, finely chopped
  5. 2 green chillies, finely chopped (omit or adjust, as per taste)
  6. 4 tomatoes, finely chopped
  7. 1/2 cup cabbage, chopped
  8. 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  9. 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  10. 2 boiled potatoes cut into cubes
  11. Lots of coriander leaves, chopped
  12. ½ cup boiled peas
  13. 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  14. Salt to taste
  15. 1 tbsp water
  16. 3 cups cooked rice

How to Make Tawa pulao

  1. Prepare tempering of onions, ginger, garlic and chillies

Heat a large skillet. Add 1 tbsp oil. Add 2 tbsp butter. When the butter starts to melt add 2 sliced onions. Cook till they sweat. Add 1 and ½ tbsp finely chopped ginger and garlic. Add 2 finely chopped green chillies. Cook for 30 seconds.

Important: Do not over cook onions. There is no need to brown them.


  1. Add and cook tomatoes

Add 4 finely chopped tomatoes and little salt. Cook till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.

Tip: Adding little salt to the tomatoes fastens the process of cooking them.


  1. Add vegetables

Add ½ cup chopped cabbage, ½ cup chopped carrot, ½ chopped green bell pepper and 2 boiled and cubed potatoes. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add lots of chopped coriander.

Important: Do not overcook the vegetables. They should remain crunchy.

P.S. No potatoes in the pictures because I forgot to add them at this stage :! I had added them later.


  1. Add pav bhaji masala and water

Add 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala. Mix it. Add 1 tbsp water to avoid the burning of masala and to make the mixture moist.


  1. Add cooked rice and mix well but gently, finish will green peas and coriander

Add 3 cups of cooked rice and salt to taste. Use 2 folks or spoons to mix. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add ½ cup green peas and lots of chopped coriander.

Tip: Use cold rice. They will not break when cooked. TAWA PULAO 5

6. Bon appétit

Serve tawa pulao for brunch or light dinner with roasted papad and raita.



  • You can make tawa pulao in a kadai or pan too.
  • You may add peas along with the remaining vegetable instead of adding them in the end.

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