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Tawa Pulao Recipe with video: Spicy Tawa pulao with lots of veggies and rice with the aroma of bhaji of pav bhaji. If you love pav bhaji then I am sure you are going to love this Tawa pulao recipe. As the name suggests Tawa pulao is made on Tawa which we use for making chapati or pav bhaji. You can also use Kadai or pan to make Tawa pulao. Since my chapati Tawa is a little small I made it on a nonstick pan. Once famous as Mumbai Tawa Pulao it is now famous all over India. You can see lots of vendors selling Tawa pulao on market side streets in the evening. They make Tawa pulao on big iron Tawa. It’s interesting to watch their hands moving fast to serve quickly for queued up customers. For fast turn around they keep the boiled rice and parboiled veggies handy and mix ingredients like magic on Tawa and Tawa pulao is ready in minutes.
This Tawa pulao recipe is pretty easy. You can also make it with leftover rice. On lazy days when I do not want to cook too much and I have leftover rice I use frozen veggies and make Tawa pulao for a quick meal. Accompany it with raita and lunch is ready. Sometimes I also make veg pulao, coconut rice, bread uttapam, oats uttapam, egg paratha, egg paratha roll or mooli paratha as they are complete means in themself. You just need to have some yoghurt or pickle with them.
For Tawa pulao one of the most important ingredients is pav bhaji masala. I used a ready-made one that is easily available in Indian grocery stores. I usually store it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. This way it remains fresh for a long time. I have posted other yummy rice recipes like Palak Rice, Pulao, Tandoori Pulao and many more. Do give them a read as well.
When I boiled rice I made sure it was not overcooked as we are going to cooking it along with veggies and masala too. In this Tawa pulao recipe, I used green chillies and red chilly powder to make it spicy if you cannot take so much heat, feel free to skip it or adjust the quantity. Also adding butter is a must for getting that pav bhaji style aroma, so would not recommend skipping that unless you don’t like butter :). If you are looking for more yummy and street style recipes then you should check Hakka Noodles, Aloo Tikki, Chilli Soya and many more.

Tawa Pulao

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 3 cup Rice boiled
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 2 cup Tomato chopped
  • ½ cup Carrots chopped
  • ½ cup Potato chopped
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • ½ cup French Beans chopped
  • ½ cup Bell Pepper chopped
  • 2 Green Chilli chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 4 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt


  • Heat pan/ tawa/ wok at medium heat. Add little oil. Now add 3 tbs. of butter.
  • As the butter is melting add cumin seeds and stir them.
  • Now add fine chopped onions and saute till onion turns little pink.
  • Now add chopped beans and chopped capsicum/ bell pepper.
  • Now add little salt and cook everything for few minutes.
  • When veggies are almost half cooked add ginger garlic paste, stir and cook till onion turns brown and oil separates from the veggies.
  • When you see veggies are losing oil add turmeric powder and mix it well.
  • Now add fine chopped tomatoes mix it and cover and cook till tomatoes become soft.
  • When tomatoes become nice soft add green chilli, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala.
  • Mix everything and add boiled veggies.
  • Saute and cover them and let them cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Now add boiled rice, coriander leaves, lemon juice, some more butter and mix it gently with the help of two spatula. Tawa pulao is ready to serve.


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  • Hi Shilpa,
    I saw your post in Epicurean Delights and wanted to try it someday as it looked very delicious. I saved the recipe link and finally got to do it today. It was such a big hit and we loved it!! Thanks so much for the yummy recipe!!!

    Gayathri November 1, 2014 4:05 pm Reply
  • Really sorry for misspelling your name:(

    Gayathri November 1, 2014 4:13 pm Reply
    • no worries 🙂

      Shilpi Agarwal November 3, 2014 9:17 pm Reply
  • Hi Shilpi..
    First of all I must say you are verry Pretty 🙂 I’ve tried most of your recipes and they have always tasted very good..tried this one yesterday and was realllly yummy..Thanks a ton..

    Anjali July 28, 2015 8:16 pm Reply
    • Dear Anjali, thanks for your lovely feedback. I am so happy to know that you liked me and my recipes. Keep in touch and keep visiting foods and flavors for more yummy recipes.

      Shilpi Agarwal July 28, 2015 10:41 pm Reply
  • I tried and it came out very well

    Vardhini May 15, 2019 12:05 pm Reply

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