Tava Pulao is very easy rice recipe . You can use Veggies of your choice and convenience. I love this pulao bit spicy .. But yes one can definitely make as per own taste.

As name says its made on Tava, on which restaurant people generally make Pav Bhaji, Masala Pao etc.. Well as we are making at home we will use kadai or frying pan..



For cooking the rice:
  • 1 cup basmati rice or long grained rice
  • 4-5 cups of water for cooking the rice
  • 2 to 3 drops of Lemon Juice
  • 2 to 3 drops of Ghee
  • salt as required
For the tava masala:
  • 1 medium capsicum/green bell pepper
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 medium onion chopped
  •  1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder or  as required
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp pav bhaji masala or  as required
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp butter or oil or half-half of both
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 1 medium potato chopped
  • ½ cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • ½ tsp lemon juice or as required
  • a few chopped coriander leaves
  • salt as required


Preparing the rice:

Rinse the rice grains till the water runs clear of starch. rinsing for a while, you will come to a stage when the water will become transparent during the rinse. if there is starch in the water, then the rice becomes sticky.
soak the rice in enough water for 20-30 mins. drain and then add the rice to a pot.pour 4 cups water in the rice. add salt and few drops of lemon juice and Ghee.stir. cover and cook the rice till the rice grains are cooked well. The rice grains should be separate also cooked well.10850733_10202921621352885_2100845315_n
Don’t cook the rice too much or make them mushy this will spoil the texture of the pulao. In a strainer, add the cooked rice and let all the water drain away.gently fluff the rice with a fork.once all the steam has passed from the rice, cover the rice with a lid so that the rice grains on top don’t dry out.let the rice cool and you can proceed with the rest of the recipe.
For the tava masala:
steam the carrot, potato and green peas till all of them are cooked well in a steamer, pan or pressure cooker.keep aside.
In a pan or kadai melt the butter. add the cumin and fry them till they get browned.add the finely chopped onions and saute till translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw aroma goes away.
then add the finely chopped tomatoes and capsicum.stir and add all the spice powders – turmeric, red chili powder and pav bhaji masala.
stir again and saute the whole mixture till you see butter releasing from the sides.
add the chopped potato, carrot and peas.
sprinkle salt and stir.add the cooked basmati rice and gently mix the veggies with the rice.
garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some lemon juice on the tava pulao.
Serve hot with Onion Mint Raita or curd or Cucumber Raita..
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Happy Cooking 🙂 :)H
Happy Cooking 🙂 🙂

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