February 26, 2012

Quick Tava Pulav | Easy lunchbox recipes | Mumbai Streetfood

Tava Pulav is one of Mumbai's famous street food. For under Rs.100 ($2), you get a fabulous meal (of course, the oil and grease notwithstanding!!). Today, I have made this Tava Pulav in a quick-to-make version, which hardly takes 10 mins if you have the cooked rice on hand and the veggies chopped. Now, that's quick right ? The choice of vegetables is totally upto you. I usually add most of the seasonal veggies,taking care not to add tomatoes or any other water-based vegetables, lest it turns soggy.  

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Prep time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 10 mins. Serves : 2
  • Long grained rice - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Onions - chopped - 1/2 cup
  • Mixed Veggies - 1 cup ( I used cauliflower / beans / carrots / spring onions)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Dhaniya powder (Coriander powder) - 1/2 TBSP
  • Pav bhaji Masala - 2 TBSP
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 TBSP (optional - i did not add this for kiddo's lunchbox)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice & Coriander leaves - to garnish

1) Soak and cook rice till done. Fluff up the grains in a large plate and cool slightly.
2) In a large skillet (or tava), heat oil. Splutter cumin seeds.
3) Fry onions till they slightly brown.
4) Add the chopped veggies and saute. 
5) When they cook 3/4 (about 5 mins - you can also slightly sprinkle water and cook them), add salt, pav bhaji masala, red chilli powder, turrmeric, dhaniya powder , amchur and saute quickly. Take care that the veggies dont turn mushy
6) Now add the cooked rice and toss them twice or thrice till the rice mixes with the veggies
7) Turn off the stove. Finish with Lemon juice and coriander
8) Serve with baked chips or raitha. Even simple curd (yoghurt) works wonderfully well :)

25 Foodie Comments:

The Pumpkin Farm on February 26, 2012 said...

u got it perfectly well...i make it similarly too...yumm isnt it

Aarthi on February 26, 2012 said...

Awesome recipe dear. Bookmarked


Radhika on February 26, 2012 said...

Made them for yesterday's lunch and the follow the same way too. Well done.

Meena on February 26, 2012 said...

cool i make same way except for lemon on top

we all can make varieties of pulao na
i made tomato soup pulao today. just put the recipe you can check out when u get time

and mumbai street food is always awesome

anusha praveen on February 26, 2012 said...

yummy pulao my all time favourite :)

Hema on February 26, 2012 said...

Heard a lot about this pulao, shud try this out soon..

vaishali sabnani on February 26, 2012 said...

Kalyani..this needs a blob of butter!!...and..wow..my mouths watering..have u ever had this tawa pulao at Santa Cruz..there is a stall ..this guy starts after midnight and is on till 5 a.m!!

Jaleela on February 26, 2012 said...

perfect for lunch box

Chef Mireille on February 26, 2012 said...

colorful presentation...love it!!!

Harini on February 26, 2012 said...

very nice! vibrant colors too!

Vardhini on February 26, 2012 said...

Easy and tasty pulao.

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Srivalli on February 26, 2012 said...

Looks fab!..nice to know abt the rates in mumbai..:)

KR @ Edible Entertainment on February 26, 2012 said...

O wow, I swear I thought you went to VT and click the pic of the Tawa Pulao they serve there. It looks good!

Smitha on February 27, 2012 said...

looks delicious! yummy one this one! :)

Sravs on February 27, 2012 said...

Delicious and yummy !!

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sangee vijay on February 27, 2012 said...

very delicious n inviting pulao...nicely done!!
thanks for this wonderful entry..

Chandrani on February 27, 2012 said...

Yummy tawa pulao.

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Archana on February 27, 2012 said...

I have heard of tawa pulao never tried it. Lazy bones I guess. Will surely try this.

Sensible Vegetarian on February 27, 2012 said...

This looks so good.

Surabhi Nayak on February 27, 2012 said...

Award waiting @

Suma Gandlur on February 28, 2012 said...

Looks very colorful!

Rujuta on February 29, 2012 said...

Tava Pulav is a great dish...i really like it.. Nice recipe and lovely click.. Thanks for sharing

PJ on March 05, 2012 said...

Yummy pulao and my favorite too

Trisha on March 28, 2012 said...

Made this a while ago and this is the best tava pulao I've ever tasted. Thank you for sharing this recipe Kalyani!

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