Tawa Pulao on a white plate

Tawa Pulao | Indian Street Food

Tawa pulao is actually pulao made on a pan like Mumbai Pav Bhaji. Pulao is made from Rice and it's a very popular Indian street food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indan
Keyword Indian Food, Pulao, Rice Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 785kcal
Author Reshu


  • 4 cups basmati rice cooked
  • tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 2 pcs onion medium sized finely chopped
  • 1 pc carrot medium sized finely chopped
  • 1 Pc Potato medium sized finely chopped
  • 2 pcs tomato medium sized finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup peas frozen or fresh
  • 1 inch ginger Grated
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 capsicum Small finely chopped
  • Sal
  • 1 tbsp Pav bhaji masala
  • 1 tbsp Red chilly powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • coriander leaves Freshly chopped


  • Heat ghee and oil in a non stick pan, once it becomes hot add cumin seed and let it crackle and sauté till it turns brown.
  • Add finely chopped onion and sauté on medium flame till it becomes translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste/ freshly crushed ginger garlic and saute it again for few seconds till raw aroma goes away.
  • Add finely chopped carrot, potato and green peas , mix it well . Add salt to taste to make the cooking fast, mix it well and cover the lid and cook the veggies on medium flame till it becomes soft. It takes around 5 minutes to get cooked.
  • Uncovered the lid after 5 minutes and add finely chopped tomatoes, capsicum and mix it well.
  • Now cover the lid again and cook tomatoes till it becomes soft and mushy. You can also cook it without covering
  • After 2-3 minutes uncovered the lid and put all the spices- pav bhaji masala, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, stir and cook it for 2 minutes.
  • If the mixture becomes dry add 3 tbsp of water and cook it for 2minutes.
  • Add cooked rice and mix it gently until all the rice grain gets evenly coated with masala. I have added salt while cooking the veggies so add salt accordingly and mix it well.
  • Lastly add few drops of lemon juice, freshly chopped coriander leaves, mix it well.
  • Turn off the flame and transfer tawa pulao in a serving dish.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain yogurt or any raita, papad, pickle and salad


You can use butter also to make tawa pulao but I have used ghee and oil both for better taste.
You can add boiled or steamed carrot, peas and potato. If you are using boiled veggies then add after the step of cooking tomatoes.
It is not necessary to add water in the mixture but if in case the mixture is dry then add little water, do not add too much of water otherwise rice will become soggy.
I have not added green chilly but to make it spicy add as per your taste.


Serving: 1Bowl | Calories: 785kcal | Carbohydrates: 153g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 33.2% | Vitamin C: 52.5% | Calcium: 6.6% | Iron: 14.4%