Tava Pulao is yet another treat from the roadside chaat-stall.Rice is flavored with Pav bhaji masala which makes the dish all the more tasty and give a ‘chaat’ feel to the rice.Addition of vegetables makes it tasty and healthy.I fell in love with this dish as it can be put  together in a jiffy.

This recipe is to be prepared on a tava / griddle, as the name suggests.But you can also use a regular pan / wok.Butter is usually used but I substituted it with regular cooking oil.So, here is my version of this dish which is going to be a part of  Flavors of Maharasthtra hosted here.

Tava Pulao served with rice crips

I used:

Cooked rice, grains separate – 2 cups
Chopped capsicum – 1/4 a cup[ I used red and green capsicum]
Frozen peas – 1/4 cup
Onion- 1, sliced
Tomato-1,small,finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Pav bhaji masala – 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
Oil- 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

 Coriander  / Mint leaves to garnish


  1. Heat  oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  2. When it crackles, add the onion, ginger garlic paste and saute till the onion turns transparent.
  3. Add the tomato, capsicum, peas and a little water and simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Add the pav bhaji masala and salt and more water if it is too dry.Keep stirring for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the rice and mix well and cover and cook for 2 minutes for the flavors to blend.
  6. Remove from heat and serve garnished with coriander / mint leaves.

Tava Pulao

This rice tastes great on its own, but it can also be served with pappad / chips / any crisps and a raita.

Bon Appetit…

16 thoughts on “Tawa Pulao | Tava Pulao”

  1. Love the recipe because of the interesting combination of chaat and rice. One of our Mumbai friends was the first to introduce us to this idea of a pulav that has the flavours of pav bhaji…now a family favourite.

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