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Jun 2, 2015

Mumbai Tawa Pulao Recipe / Tava Pulav Recipe

This recipe is a popular street food in Mumbai...This recipe calls for only one spice powder that is Pav Bhaji masala...I used my homemade pav bhaji masala, you can use store bought as well..

This recipe gets all its flavour from two ingredients, pav bhaji masala and chilli garlic paste. Chilli garlic paste can be frozen for more than 6 months. So make them, store it in freezer and use them whenever you need them. Other than those, this recipe is pretty easy to make..

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 15 to 20 mins
Cooking Time : 15 to 20 mins
Serves : 4


Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Onions -1 chopped finely
Tomato - 2 chopped finely
Capsicum -1 chopped
Green Peas -1 cup ( I used frozen)
Green chilli - 1 chopped finely
Homemade Pav Bhaji Masala - 2 tblpsn (RECIPE HERE)
Homemade Chilli Garlic Paste - 3 tblspn (RECIPE HERE)
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 4 tblspn
Coriander leaves for garnishing


Wash basmati rice, soak it for 30 mins. Bring lots of water to boil, add salt to it. Add in rice and cook for 7 to 8 mins till it is done. Drain and set aside. Leave it to cool completely.

In a kadai add butter add in chilli garlic paste and cook till oil separates.

Add in the Onions,Green chilli, tomatoes and cook till it turns mushy.

Add in salt and little sugar and mix well.

Add in the pav bhajji masala and mix well.

Add in peas and capsicum stir for 2 min.

Add in the cooked rice and mix well until the masala coats each rice.

Serve hot with any raita.


Boil some basmati rice in lots of salted water and drain them...
Check this post for step by step pics

Set aside to cool

Now take your other ingredients

Melt a good amount of butter in the kadai

add in chilli garlic paste (RECIPE HERE)

saute well

cook till oil separates

add in onions, green chillies and tomatoes

sprinkle little salt

saute well

cook till the tomatoes turn mushy

add little sugar

and some pav bhaji masala (recipe here)

mix well

cook for few more mins 

add in capsicum and peas

mix well 

add in rice

toss well
cook for few more mins


  1. yummmy ..................

  2. Will surely try . Thanks for the recipie.

  3. THe final presentation of the rice is dark in colour. whereas when u added rice to the mixture in the tava it is pale . pl explain if u have added any colouring agent to get the dark colour.

  4. Can we use any vegtable or ly green peas

  5. @Pushpa Kannanno it is because of lighting in my camera. You will get that colour from the red chilli paste.

  6. Thank you very much for this recipe. It was a big hit at my place !

  7. Aarthi.... Can we make it as single pot rice... like briyani?

  8. @UMno this has to be done like this

  9. Can it be prepared for travel? Tat is, will it stay good for one day? And can i prepare using jeera rice. By cooking rice separately like basmati n using same way. Answer fast pls.going to prepare now

  10. @Anonymousno i don think so..since there is veggies added


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