Tawa pulao/ Tava pulao: Mumbai street food: Rice cooked with spices and vegetables

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Like any Asian country, India has a large rice eating population, and even though one can see several rice based dishes as street food, rarely will you find rice dish as main one. The one exception is the tawa pulao, rice with spices and vegetables. This is one of the famous street foods from Mumbai, the economic capital of India. Mumbai is famous for its various street foods such as Pav bhaji, Vada pav, Bhel puri, Pani puri etc. This fiery rice is easily made with cooked rice and vegetables with unique spicy Pav bhaji masala. 
My Mumbai connection is that it the home of my hubby, even though we both are from southern India Kerala, he   grew up there, he is more a Mumbaiker ( just like a term for New Yorker)  than Keralite.  I was not able to taste the original tawa pulao as my stay in Mumbai is always limited, last time climate was against my wishes of tasting this wonderful street food as it was continuously raining heavily. So decide to try at home. I made this sometime ago, and my hubby liked it and told me it tastes great. So I make this more often say once in a month. It is a great one pot meal. 
As a part of food buzz taste maker program I got a  free coupon for Green Gaint valley fresh steamers (vegetable blend). I bought a Garden vegetable medley with that coupon.

Garden vegetable medley has roasted potato, snap peas and red bell pepper along with garden herbs. It may be tasty by itself, however I wanted to incorporate this mix in a dish.  First I thought of making a pasta with it, however dropped that idea as I needed to make lunch yesterday. So I made tawa pulao, with garden vegetable medley and added green peas, carrot, tomato, ginger garlic paste and onions and spiced it with pav bhaji masala , green chili, cumin seeds and red chili powder. I used matta rice (parboiled red rice) which is common in Kerala, instead of basmati rice which commonly used.  Normally they make it in a large flat girdle similar to Spanish paella pan called tawa. I don’t have it in my hand so I tried with my own skillet. It came spicy, tasty and I had it with yogurt and potato chips. 

Print recipe from here
What you need
Cumin seeds: ½ teaspoon
Frozen peas: ¼ cup
Onion chopped: ½ cup
Green chili: 1 no
Carrot: 1 no
Tomato: 1 no
Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon
Pav bhaji masala: ¾ tablespoon (I used Everest Brand)
Red chili powder: ¼ teaspoon
Lemon/lime juice: ½ of one lime
Ginger garlic paste: ½ tablespoon
Green Giant valley fresh steamers: 2 cup ( I used Garden vegetable Medley)
Salt: 1 teaspoon or to taste
Water: ¼ cup
Cooked rice: 3 cup ( I used rose matta rice)
Olive oil: 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Cilantro/ coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon ( I didn’t used as I am out of it)

How I made
In a skillet heat olive oil and add cumin seeds, when it starts to splutter add onion and green chili let is fry for 6 minutes or until they become translucent. To this add ginger garlic past and fry for another minute, then add carrot, tomato and Green giant valley fresh steamers (Garden vegetable Medley) and to this add turmeric powder, salt and water cook for 5 minutes. 
To this add green peas and cook for another 2 minutes. Then add pav bhaji masala and red chili powder and cook until entire water is dries up or about 6 minutes. To this add cooked rice and cook for another 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and add curry leaves and lime juice mix everything to incorporate well. 

Enjoy with yogurt and chips

More closer look

Preparation time: 21 minutes + cooking time of rice
Serving: 4 serving
Verdict: Spicy, yummy
Will you make it again: Yes I will

Opinion expressed  here is solely mine. Thanks to food buzz and Green Giant for giving me this opportunity.
I am linking this to Hearth and  Soul blog hop: 74  hosted here.

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  1. says

    One of my favorite dishes here in Korea is their fried rice, which looks very much like this one, though the flavors are very different. I’m sure I’m going to love this one too!

  2. says

    That is incredibly yummy street food…. I am also a Mumbaiker Keralite or close to Mumbai(pune). So Bhel puri,Paani puri, tava rice and others are close to my heart!!

  3. says

    Wow, this looks really yummy. I’d love to make it, only I don’t have Pav bhaji masala… but I think I’ll google it to see if I can mix it myself. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and soul, and of course, for hosting it.