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

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. They take the to the street level… as in they add those flavours which are indispensable for street foods.

How to Make Tawa pulao

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


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

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


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



4. 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.


5. 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.

Tips: Use cold rice. They will not break when cooked.


6. Bon appétit : Serve tawa pulao for brunch or light dinner with roasted papad and raita.


Tried this recipe?

Please rate us and share your valuable feedback

Let’s Connect

Recipe Videos

[sbvcytc template="7" layout="fitrows" results_per_page="5" no_of_columns_desktop="1" no_of_columns_tablet="1" grid_thumbnail_size="default" title_font_size="15" title_font_weight="700" enable_description="" enable_hd_tag="" enable_video_length="" enable_video_views="" enable_video_likes="" enable_video_post_time="" enable_social_sharing="" pagination_type="disabled" preview_related="" enable_carousel="" channel_id="UCY9O2iE3fv9vZkacrmre99w" api_key="AIzaSyAXCSUG20XxTmVFUTI3rreWcikoNUel0qg" custom_wrapper_class="videos_page side_bar_video"]

Latest Recipes

About the Author

Author’s Name


Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.

Trending Recipes

"); newWindow.document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(style); newWindow.document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(style1); newWindow.document.close(); jQuery('.printBlock').show(); } jQuery('.print_btn').on('click',function(){ printData(); })jQuery(document).ready(function () { jQuery("#reletedpostslide").owlCarousel({ margin: 9, nav: true, navText: ["
", "
"], loop: false, navigation: true, touchDrag: true, mouseDrag: false, responsive: { 0: { items: 1 }, 380: { items: 1 }, 480: { items: 1 }, 768: { items: 3 }, 992: { items: 4 } } }) });