Street-Style Tawa Pulao Recipe

Updated on January 21, 2020
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Tawa pulao is a delicious street food from India.
Tawa pulao is a delicious street food from India. | Source

A tawa is a griddle, and pulao is a dish prepared with rice and vegetables. Usually, leftover rice is used to make a tawa pulao, but you can also use freshly boiled plain rice.

Tawa pulao is a popular Indian street food that originated in Mumbai. It is a simple, easy-to-make dish that is both healthy and delicious. It is also a great way to create a yummy dish from leftover rice.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves two people


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups leftover boiled rice
  • 1 bell pepper, deseeded and chopped into squares
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup green peas, boiled
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon pav bhaji masala
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional—add only if the boiled rice is cooked without adding it)


  1. Place the tawa (griddle) on medium-low heat. Add oil and let it heat up.
  2. Add the chopped onions. Saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Add the ginger and garlic paste and chopped green chilli. Saute until they turn light brown.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and raise the heat to medium-low. Give a stir and add the salt. Stir-cook until the tomatoes turn soft.
  5. Add the boiled peas and bell pepper. Mix well and add the red chilli powder, garam masala, pav bhaji masala, coriander powder, and cilantro. Keep heat around medium and stir cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables just about turn soft.
  6. Reduce heat to low and add the leftover rice. Gently mix the rice in until it is well combined with the veggies and spices.
  7. The tawa pulao is ready. Serve with plain dahi or raita of your choice.

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Glad you like the recipe, Peggy. I'm not sure why the video cannot be viewed on any website as it has not been disabled as such. It worked for me. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It is good to be able to use leftover rice in such a manner and this recipe sounds particularly tasty. As to the video, it says that it must be watched on YouTube. The user has disabled it from being seen on other websites. Your recipe is an easy one to follow. Thanks!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I am not sure why the video did not work, manatita. Yes, the dish looks quite similar to a vegetable biryani. Good to see you like Indian fare and try them often. Thank you.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Bill. Glad you like this one.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      The pav bhaji masala as such is a mixture of quite a few spices. I am sure you will like the dish. Thank you, Nithya.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Yes, pav bhaji masala is one of those things, Rinita. I'm glad you like the recipe. Thank you.

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      20 months ago from london

      Reminded me of a Biryani I had this evening from a Srilankan restaurant. It's pretty good. Two days ago I mixed it with Paneer. Today, less paneer and added in the raita. Ordered a lassi (salt)

      Seems a simple meal and your peppers and peas are more obvious, greener, fresher. Superb! Your video did not work for me this time. Salaam!

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I would eat that, and I'm a very picky eater. :) Thanks for sharing,my friend.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      20 months ago from Dubai

      Delicious, wil try this out. The Pav Bhaji masala will add more flavor to the dish.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      It is simple to make John. Thank you for going through the recipe.

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      Rinita Sen 

      20 months ago

      Cool recipe. I suppose the addition of pav bhaji masala makes it closer to the ones served on the streets of Mumbai. Love it!

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This looks good and easy to prepare, Rajan. Thanks for sharing.


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