Recipe – Tawa Pulao

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Serves: 2


  • Rice: ¾ cup
  • Water: As required
  • Oil: 1 Tablespoon
  • Mixed Vegetables: finely chopped 1 Cup (Carrot, Bean, Potato, Peas, Bell Pepper)
  • Onion: 1 medium sized, Chopped into small pieces,
  • Tomato: 1 medium sized, Chopped into small pieces
  • Ginger, garlic, green chili: Finely chopped or crushed or paste, 2 Teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds: 1 Teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 Teaspoon or to taste
  • Turmeric Powder (Haldi): ½ Teaspoon
  • Pav bhaji masala Powder: 2 Teaspoon
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves: Chopped, 1 Tablespoon
  • Spring onion: 1 Tablespoon, Chopped
  • Lemon: 1, cut into 4 pieces


  • Wash rice 2-3 times and soak it in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water.
  • Boil 5-6 cups of water in a pot. Once water starts to boil, add rice and cook till 90% cooked. Drain the rice and keep aside. Make sure you do not overcook rice.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Usually tawa pulao is a street food in India and it is fried on a huge tawa. As, we do not use that kind of huge tawa at home, we are using pan to fry the pulao.
  • In the oil, add cumin seeds. After 30 seconds, add onion. Sauté till onions are light brown
  • Add ginger-garlic-chili paste and saute for another 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, chopped vegetables(bell pepper, potato, green peas. carrots, beans) and salt. Sprinkle a few drops of water and cover it for 5 minutes or till vegetable are cooked well. You may use any choice of vegetables and cut into very small pieces, so it gets cooked soon.
  • Add cooked rice, salt, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala powder. Mix gently and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, spring onions and a piece of lemon.
  • Serve immediately.

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