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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tawa Pulao (Stir fry Rice Pilaf with veggies)

Being born and brought up in Mumbai, street side food has always been a favorite part of my childhood, Pav Bhaji being the topper. Some years back, the pav bhaji vendors started selling a new item 'Tava Pulao'. So me and my sister decided to give it a try, which was really worth it. It was amazing, it was a spicy pulao along with veggies, served  with raita(salad) and a slice of lemon. But the taste seemed highly familiar. The vendor told us that he had put pav bhaji masala in it. That was an aha moment for us. We knew exactly how we can use the leftover rice, leftover pav bhaji masala and various tidbit veggies leftover in the fridge. That's what I have been doing since then. And it doesn't even feel like leftovers. It makes up a spicy, delicious, comforting meal at the end of a long day. And even if you are not using leftovers, you can make this one pot meal in a jiffy.
Tawa Pulao (stir fry rice pilaf with veggies)
Tawa Pulao (stir fry rice pilaf with veggies)


Tawa Pulao (Stir fry Rice pilaf with veggies)- Recipe
Uncooked Rice - 1 and 1/2 cup (If you are using leftover cooked rice, take 3-4 cups of cooked rice for 1 cup of veggies)
Veggies - 1 cup of chopped assorted veggies (carrots, capsicum, green peas, green beans, potatoes, cauliflower, corn etc.)
Onions - 1 medium chopped (3/4 cup)
Tomatoes - 1 medium chopped (1/2 cup)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Pav bhaji masala - 1 - 2 teaspoons
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida powder - 1 pinch
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Salt - As per taste

1. Cook rice and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a large pan / pot.
3. Temper with a pinch of asafoetida powder and add chopped onions and saute until soft.
4. When the onions are soft, add tomatoes and saute for a couple of minutes.
5. Add the assorted veggies, saute, cover and cook. (If you want, you can add a tablespoon of water at this point, so that the veggies don't stick to the pot.)
Saute vegetables
Saute vegetables
6. When the veggies are cooked but firm add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala. (Adjust the spices as per your taste)
7. Add salt and the cooked rice. Mix well but try not to mash the veggies and rice in the process. 
8. Cover and let the flavours blend for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
Serve with a slice of lemon, raita or cucumber, tomato and onion slices.


Tawa Pulao (stir fry rice pilaf with veggies)
Tawa Pulao (stir fry rice pilaf with veggies)


Some variations:
1. You can substitute pav bhaji masala with chole masala, kitchen king masala or biryani masala.
2. Add boiled or scrambled egg to add some protein to the meal.
3. Add kasuri methi for added flavour.

38 comments:

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  2. this looks sooooooo good!i've never tried this...looks spicy and nice.

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  3. looks absolutely delicious & soooper healthy
    Tasty Appetite

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  4. Delicious tawa pulao....It is a rice version of your favourite pav bhaji...isn't it ?
    They keep adding veggies, spices and cooked rice on the tawa one after another.Indian food is really amazing !

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  5. Looks so spicy?? Is it spicy Meghana?? am gonna try this!!
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    1. No divya, it is not really that spicy. The colour is due to the pav bhaji masala. But you can always adjust the spices.

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  6. Ooh, yum! Anything with rice is good with me. I love it, it looks so tasty!

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  7. looks gorgeous & spicy :)
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  8. Such a delightful dish, Meg. I love how you make a simple recipe to look so exquisite :)

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  9. looks absolutely delicious and colorful...

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  10. Wow...Tawa Pulao looks too tempting..lovely preaparation...it's my fav too :)

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  11. That's definitely an exotic version of Pulav..Colorful and rich.

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  12. spicy and tempting tawa pulao..my favourite :)

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  13. tawa pulao looks awesome ,morning only i was planning to make this with leftover rice for lunch box...yummy

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  14. yummy rice... nver tried pav bhaji masala.. now ur tempting me to try

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  15. thanks for stoppinghappy to follow u
    tawa pulav is tempting

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  16. this is so delicious rice preparation

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  17. Yummy, super-delicious
    reminded me of good old Mumbai days :)

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  18. Looks absolutely delicious
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  19. This looks absolutely delicious and inviting.

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  20. That makes me hungry now, love the loaded veggies...

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  21. That looks really fantastic! Thanks for visiting me and for your comment. Happy to follow you :)

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  22. wow....perfectly made pulao dear !!!looks very delicious !!!!!!

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  23. Thanks for all your wonderful comments my dear friends

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  24. Hi meghana, aromatic blog. The pualo is very colourful & appetizing.

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  25. Tawa pulao is awesome! I like it a lot, tangy and spicy. You added so many veggies that make it healthy..and it looks delicious! :)

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  26. Drooling:)
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    1. Yeah I changed the template. The previous one I thought looked gaudy. Thanks.

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  27. The tawa pulao looks so tempting...the new template adds a nice fresh look to your space. Thks for dropping by and your valuable feedback.

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