Tawa Pulao Recipe, How to make Famous Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao | Pulao Recipes

How to make Famous Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao with step by step photos - Perfect one-pot meal recipe of tawa pulao which is spiced with pav bhaji masala and other Indian spices. So aromatic and super delicious rice recipe.This is very famous pulao made in Maharashtra.

I never had this pulao before my marriage, after my marriage, first time I tried this tawa pulao in Nagpur at my MIL place, very colorful and full spicy with lots of veggies.

This rice recipe is slightly spicy, aromatic and the unique flavorful one-pot meal.

Now-a-days this tawa pulao is very famous in Bangalore too. There are so many street food points and one of this tawa pulao and pav bhaji point is there. But they uses some color and red chilly powder to make it rice more red in color and so it become more spicy, I don't like more chilis in my food.
The street side vendors use a big tawa for making tawa pulao. For home cooks, this recipe can be made in a kadai (wok).

Even though they call it pulao it is an version of fried rice cooked with Indian spices especially with pav bhaji masala. 

You can prepare this pulao with your left-over rice also, but for that just make a tawa-masala and mixed with your leftover rice with it it.

Perfect dish for tiffin box for kids, you can take this pulao on your long journey, it will be remain good for one day. Tawa pulao goes best with boondi raita, vegetable raita or an onion-lemon side salad.

You can make end number of rice like lemon rice, Tomato pulao, sweet rice pudding and simple veggie biryani

Let's start to make this flavorful and aromatic tawa pulao recipe with simple step-by-step process.
Ingredients :

For the Rice

Basmati rice or long grained rice - 1 cup
Water for cooking the rice - 3-4 cups
Oil - 2 to 3 drops
Salt to taste (add less salt because we use it in veggies)

For the Tawa masala

Finely Chopped Tomatoes - 2 no (large)
Finely Chopped Onion - 1 no (medium)
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Butter - 2 tbsp + Oil - 1 tbsp
Chopped carrot - 1 no
Chopped Potato - 1
Green Peas/ Matar - 1/2 cup (frozen or normal)

Chopped Green Capsicum - 1/4 cup
Chopped Bell peppers(Yellow and Red) - 2 tbsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp (add as per as your requirement)
Pav bhaji masala - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves

Preparation Method :

For preparing the rice:

1. Clean and Wash the rice till the water runs clear of starch. Soak the rice in enough water for 20-30 mins. Drain it and then add the rice to a pot.

2. Pour 3-4 cups water in the rice. add salt and few drops of oil. Stir and cover and cook the rice till the rice grains are cooked well.
(don't over-cook the rice too much or make them mushy,it will spoil the texture of pulao)

3. In a strainer, add the cooked rice and let all the water drain away. Once all the steam has passed from the rice, cover the rice with a lid.

For preparing the tawa masala:

1. In a pan or kadai, add oil plus butter melt it. Then add cumin seeds and fry them till they get browned.

2. Add finely chopped onions and saute till translucent and add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw aroma goes away.

3. Now add the finely chopped potato, carrot, all 3 bell pepper(red, yellow, green) and peas, saute for few minutes and then add tomatoes, stir and add all the spice powders - turmeric, red chili powder, salt, garam masala and pav bhaji masala.

4. Stir again and saute the whole mixture till you see butter releasing from the sides. Now add 1/4 cup of water and close the lid till all veggies cooked and all the masala become dry.

5. Once all the veggies cooked and water evaporated, then finally add the cooked basmati rice and gently mix the veggies with the rice with very light hands.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some lemon juice before serving on tava pulao.

7. Serve hot tawa pulao with mixed vegetable raita or mint-cucumber raita , boondi raita or plain yogurt accompanied with papad and pickle.

Enjoy & Happy Cooking :)


  1. Simply delicious dear. Feel like grabbing a plate and serving myself and digging into it right away. Loving it.

    1. Thank you so much dear 😊 where were you miss u a lot, hoe everything is fine at your end.

  2. Nice one Jolly,this is a favourite of my children

  3. Lovely share :-) This is kiddo’s favorite too. Perfect for lunch box and a complete meal by itself.

  4. Tawa pulao looks excellent and mouthwatering...

  5. Tava pulao looks super yummy. Loved it 😊

  6. Tempting looks of the pulao... want to grab a plate

  7. Perfect and amazingly delicious tawa pulao recipe. YUMMY!

  8. Looks tempting.. my all time favorite recipe with pavbhaji

  9. It looks so yummy and delicious Jolly.. All Mumbai dishes especially street foods are my weakness..

  10. One of my favorite. Mouth watering. Lovely clciks!

  11. Tawa pulao looks absoluelty delicious and super flavorful. Who can say NO to this yummy platter! :)

  12. Thank you very much for sharing this awesome recipe...:)

  13. Its too yummilicious for a rice lover like me dear chef...

  14. Tawa pulav is great for kid's lunch too. i should try

  15. pulao looks so delicious. Going to bookmark this recipe to try it. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe Jolly.

  16. wow what a tempting recipe thanks for sharing