Mumbai Tawa Pulao (Fried rice / Pilaf)

This recipe is called  pulao though its more of a fried rice. An awesome one for left over rice and definitely different from the ones that you are used to try. These are extremely easy and incredibly tasty, you would love them even more if you are watching your weight (dieting) just use rice cooked by removing starch and decrease the oil even further.

Tawa Pulao (Mumbai ishtyle)

Tawa Pulao (Mumbai ishtyle)

Its called tawa pulao because it started from the tawas (flat pans) of pao bhaji stalls in Mumbai. No wonder it has many ingredients in common to Pav Bhaji. I first saw this recipe on this you tube channel and its one of my go to recipes, obviously I have adapted it. So lets get going.Tawa pulao


Steamed/cooked rice- 1 big bowl
Tomatoes- 2 big size ripe
Onion- 1 medium
Ginger-1 inch piece grated
Garlic- 3-4 small cloves grated
Capsicum-1 medium
Green peas-1/2 cup
Green Chilies-2-3 chopped (optional)
Tomato ketchup- 2-3 tbsp
Pav bhaji Masala- 1.5 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Red chilli Powder- Qtr tsp(optional)
Oil- 3-4 tbsp
Water 4-5 tbsp

1) Cut onions and capsicum into chunks. Puree the tomatoes(you may blanch and puree as well).
2) In a frying pan or wok add oil and once it starts to heat add grated ginger and garlic and as they start to turn brown add green chilies (omit these if you are not a fan of spicy food as pav bhaji masala also has heat)
3) Add onions and saute till they sweat, add tomato puree and peas and let it cook for 3-4 minutes on medium flame or till its oil starts to separate.
4) Add all dry spices, tomato ketchup and capsicum and mix well. Add water and cook for a minute.
5)Add rice and mix well cook for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped coriander and serve.

Note: Decrease the spice and add diced paneer(cottage cheese) for kids.

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  1. October 19, 2016

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