Tawa pulao is one of our favorite dish of Indian Street Food. The delicious roadside Tawa Pulao is so easy to make and this is popular Indian Street Food in all over India. This dish originated in Mumbai. This dish is called Tawa Pulao because it is made on the same Tawa where the Pav Bhaji is made. I love this dish because it takes only a few minutes to make this. And you can make it from left over cooked rice as well.

The delicious Tawa Pulao is prepared in advance by the vendors and shares a place on Pav Bhaji Tawa. Spicy and full of veggies, Tawa Pulao is popular street food from the city of Mumbai in India. It has rice cooked with vegetables, butter, pav bhaji masala and garnished with cilantro and fresh lemon juice. The addition of a chili-garlic paste made with Kashmiri red chilies gives it that bright color and also adds to flavor.

Tawa pulao is tangy, and spicy and you feel the crunches of veggies. This Tawa pulao is always served with Pav Bhaji or with a side of onions, papad, or raita. I love this recipe because this is perfect for kids or adult tiffin boxes, or lunchboxes. You can adjust the spice level when you make this. Use veggies of your choice. You can substitute butter with oil if you want this healthy


Cooked Basmati Rice: for this recipe cook the rice ahead of time. I prefer to use Basmati rice which gives a nice texture to this pulao. Cook the basmati rice the day before and you can always make little extra rice whenever you make rice. Rice should be flaky, not sticky otherwise the Tawa pulao will not turn perfectly. 

Butter : the pulao you get at the street stalls is laden with butter plus, it is garnished with more butter before serving. To make it vegan, replace the butter with oil.

Garlic Ginger Paste: Indian food is so incomplete without ginger garlic chili paste. who doesn’t eat garlic onion they can skip this part.

Onions: Chopped and sautéed onions enhance the taste of Tawa Pulao. 

Tomatoes: Tomatoes always give nice flavor to any India food. When it comes to Indian food I prefer to use Roma tomatoes with the oval shape. These tomatoes are less savory and sweet than other juicy tomatoes, And these types of tomatoes are perfect for this dish.

Veggies: You can use your choice of veggies. But I like to use the way Vendor makes. I use carrots, peas,  boiled potatoes, green pepper, green beans. These veggies will give nice crunch into this Tawa Pulao.

Beet: ok why beet? trust me add some shredded beet into this will give the beautiful color and crunch. This will enhance the color and give the authentic taste.

Schezwan Chutney: Ok, Why scehzwan Chutney into this? it’s totally optional but i like to add this in  my Tawa Pulav and trust me the taste is amazing. 

Pavbhaji Masala: Pav Bhaji masala is the most important ingredient in this recipe. This spice makes the pulao unique and different tasting from the usual pulao recipe. I prefer Everest brand pav bhaji masala.

Spices: Turmeric, red chili powder. i love to use Kashmiri red chili powder. 

Method OF Making Tawa Pulao:

1. In a Pan add some butter or Ghee. Add some cumin seeds. when it started sputtered add asafetida and ginger garlic paste. Add chopped onion, sauté this for few minutes.

2. Add green pepper and sauté this for another few minutes. Add shredded beet and chopped tomatoes. let it cook for few minutes. When this cooked well add spices like turmeric, red chili powder, pavbhaji masala. Mix this and cook these spices for few seconds. 

4. Add cooked rice. Mixed the rice with all ingredients. Add salt and lemon juice per taste. When the Twa pulao is done garnish with cilantro.

3. Add boiled potatoes, peas, carrots and green beans (make sure to cook carrots peas and bean in microwave for 5 minutes. ). 

5. Serve this Tawa Pulao with riata, onion and papad.