Tawa Pulav

If you ever happen to be in Mumbai over the weekend, you should take to the street post 10 PM in the night. The streets are filled with vendors in certain pockets that would make you wonder the appetite people carry at that hour of the night. But then street food along with being fast, junk and easy to carry is also about crazy timings. They dont necessarily fit into the regular routine of meals and also they do not rationalize themselves on the health meter.
One such food that is relished is the tawa pulav. It is to cater to the rice loving people who often tag along with families to eat pav bhaji. I think it was this thought that invented this beautiful recipe. It has copious amounts of butter added probably as much as the rice, it is bound to taste good. The vendors often put up boards of the butter brand to assure that they have the best deal.
I cannot forget the BM 25 meet where we all enjoyed this in Ahmedabad, most were eating this for the first time, so the based on the responses I have seen for first timers (and Kamalika...) I believe this will be an instant favorite with many



Ingredients
1 cup long grained basmati rice
1 cup par boiled vegetables (cauliflower, capsicum, green peas)
1 onion finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes finely chopped
2 tbsp butter (Use Oil  & Butter if required)
1 tspn pav bhaji masala
1 tspn red chilli powder
1 tspn dry mango  amchur powder
Fresh coriander
Lemon juice
salt to taste
Method
1) Cook the rice with about little less than 2 cups of water with a tspn of oil or butter added. Try to keep the grains intact. Once cooked, let it stand, puff it with a fork to seperate the grains
2)In a large wok/kadhai, heat oil or butter, add the onions and saute until they are soft and pink.
3) Add the tomatoes and continue sauteing
4)When the water from the tomatoes is dried up, add the vegetables and all the dry masalas, Cover the pan with a lid and put the stove on high flame. Do not stir
5) After 2 min, open the lid and saute further. At this stage the vegetables should be cooked, you can use the pav bhaji masher to lightly mash the vegetables.
) There should be enough oil or butter on the sides of the pan by now. If not, you may want to add more.
7) Add the cooked rice and gently fold it in taking care not to break the grains. The rice should be well coated with oil and vegetable mixture.
8) Do not cover the pan, continue sauteing on high flame
9) Serve hot garnished with fresh coriander and lemon juice


23 comments:

Manjula Bharath said...

very very delicious tawa puloa dear :) so perfectly made .. they are really making me hungry now !!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious pulav,luks temtping...

vaishali sabnani said...

Brings back beautiful memories of all the crazy things we did..love that tawa pulao minus the excess butter.

Priya Suresh said...

Dont talk about BM25 Pradnya, seriously am jealous. Wish i live in India to meet u all..

Tawa pulao looks extremely fantabulous and my kind of one pot meal.

Sandhya Karandikar said...

Lovely tawa pulao. Indeed it is very famous street food.

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

yum yum yummy!!! copious butter - lol:) when I was in Ahmedabad, Vaishali ji took me to the Debali chaat shop and he would have so much butter - can still remember the chunk!!! seriously sinfully delicious

Sowmya

Sapana Behl said...

I think we have some sort of connection while choosing the recipes. Tawa pulav looks superb !!

Srivalli said...

Oh yes I remember how Kamalika wanted to carry one packed..I would seriously done it with her..LOL..your tawa pulao has come out so well...

Foodiliciousnan said...

What an evening we had...hogging away! Unforgettable really. I feel so charged up, I'm making this for lunch tomorrow! The tawa pulao looks fab Pradnya

Janani said...

wow so yumm loving the dish so wish I could have soe too craving right now

Janani said...

wow so yumm loving the dish so wish I could have soe too craving right now

Nisha Sundar said...

Oh! Such a nostalgic post. Wish I were with you guys too... Lovely and am yet to taste this much appreciated dish.

Chef Mireille said...

wow - so flavorful - I have to try this one!

Pallavi Purani said...

Each strand of rice is standing out so perfectly. Love it :)

Padmajha PJ said...

I really missed that 1st day street food! I have the pics that Kamalika shared . You have brought back all those wonderful memories. Btw, this is my fav too..

Preeti Garg said...

So tasty and delicious

Harini-Jaya R said...

Wow looks too good to pass!!

Pavani N said...

Delicious looking tawa pulao. Copious amounts of butter or not, this is a tempting dish.

veena krishnakumar said...

very delicious tawa pulav...looks very tempting!!

Rajani S said...

I am yet to get over the one we had in Ahmadabad :)..If I ever come to Bombay, its the streets that I am going to go first :)..The pulav looks yummy :)

Archana Potdar said...

I remember the race to see the pulav being cooked Pradnya. Wow what beautiful days those were. Thanks you brought back memeories of the yum time I had with like mined people.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Lovely Pulao recipe! Butter makes everything better :)

Gayathri Kumar said...

I am yet to taste this but you gals are making me drool...

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