February 10, 2009

Tava Pulao - Mumbai Special !!

I Love Mumbai . . and I don't say this because I spent all my growing-up years in Mumbai, But I say it from the experience of having lived in different parts of India & different corners of the world.

Mumbai is not just a City . . Its a way of life. From people to places; Bhel Puri to Bollywood - there is that Special Tadka in anything & everything about Mumbai. You need to be a part of this amazing city to feel what it feels like to be a part of Mumbai. Its almost been a decade since I relocated from Mumbai, But even now, I can almost feel Mumbai in my pulse. Such is the spirit of Mumbai, It will have you hooked for life.

A visit to Mumbai can never be complete without having eaten Chaats. OMG !! How much I miss them. The roadside Bhelpuri wallah, My favorite Pav Bhaji stall at Juhu Beach, My favorite chaat corner in Andheri . . I remember each & every eatery in those nooks & corners even now. I can go on & on & on . .


One such dish from Mumbai that I still cherish & recreate at home is Tava Pulao. Now, What's soo special about Tava Pulao Right?? Hang on . . This is made with Pav Bhaji Masala. . Yes, can you believe it?? And, the taste I tell you, is just out of this world.

Now, if you want to taste authentic Mumbai Tava Pulao, you got to try them at stalls in the beaches & not at some fancy restaurant. These chaat wallas are soo good with fusion cooking, I tell you . .

Here's my attempt to recreate the magic at home.

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup long grained Basmati Rice
  • 1 onion - cut into thin strips
  • 1 tomato - chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper - cubed
  • 1 potato - cut into thin stris
  • 1 carrot - cut into round discs/long strips
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • A handful of green peas - fresh/frozen
  • 1 tsp whole Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala - Any Brand
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Kitchen King Masala - (Optional)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • A handful of finely chopped cilantro - For garnish
  • 2 tbsp Desi ghee
  • Salt as per taste

Method:

  • Clean rice in several changes of water & drain & keep aside for 15 minutes
  • Heat a tsp of desi ghee in a heavy bottom vessel & fry rice until fragrant & keep aside
  • Cook rice in a pot or pressure cooker such that each grain is separate. Keep aside to cool
  • Heat ghee in a griddle or a heavy bottomed pan, add cumin seeds & bay leaves
  • Once they pop & splutter, add whole garam masala & ginger garlic paste & saute for a minute
  • Add chopped onions, & saute till they turn pink.
  • Add chopped tomatoes & Pav Bhaji Masala, cook till oil separates
  • Add chopped carrots, potatoes & cauliflower & cook with very little water until half done.
  • Add chopped bell peppers & green peas & cook on medium heat till done.
  • Add cooked rice,lemon juice, salt, garam masala & kitchen king masala & fluff with fork, on low heat.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro & serve with raita

Enjoi !!!


68 comments:

Happy cook said...

You have described all those places you love to eat chat in Mumbai that i want to come with you to Mumbai to enjoy all these :-)

Smitha said...

Deesha, the Tawa Pulao love soo good.. me not quite familiar with the Mumbai street food scene... but now I need to give it a shot!

Deepa Hari said...

Tawa pulao looks great Deesha....never tried it...Will give it a shot.

Asha said...

Just by reading about all that chaat, feel like I want to move to Mumbai right now!!
Pulao looks delicious.

Cham said...

I imagine why u love so much Mumbai, even without visiting I want to be in Mumbai and eat all the roadside food! Pulao with pav bhaji masala, that is definetly different one!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is very different recipe. Looks so colorful. Nice YUM!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow!yummy ....thanks for the recipe

Indhu said...

this dish looks soo inviting and I love the masala combination! :)

Pallavi said...

Tava Pulau, interesting...I've never heard of it, but then I've only been to Mumbai for like a day and a 1/2, but never got to go to the beaches. Anything chaat is always worth a try! This looks delicious.

Ashwini said...

wow only by reading all the chat names..my mouth is watering..Pulav with pav bhaji masala..loos tempting..this is new...

Archy said...

i love pulav very much, this looks so gud.. new with pav bhaji masala.. shall try soon :)!!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

pulao looks wonderful..adding pav bhaji masala should add a nice taste. very colorful and yummy.. have you settled down in india?

Poonam said...

Pulav looks yummy, kitchen king masala and pav bhaji masala might really enhance the flavour of pulao

Swapna Pravin said...

Tawa pulao looks delicious & great.

DEESHA said...


Happy Cook - You are welcome anytime

Smitha - Do try it

Deepa Hari - Thanks

Asha - @ times even I feel like moving to Mumbai

Cham - well, mumbai Chaats are definitely worth a trip

Sukanya, Mangala, Indhu - Thanks

Pallavi, Ashwini - Thanks so much

Archy - Do try this. you will love it

Mahimaa - Thanks .. yep all settled here

Poonam - Yes, the flavors were delicious

Swapna - Thanks so much

n33ma said...

I love all kind of Chaats and I can only imagine how tasty the pulao must be with the Pav bhajji masala.wow I never thgt of this fusion.Great pix.

Curry Leaf said...

I love Mumbai chaats,though never visited,but heard a lot about it.The post is too tempting for me to go there and try the roadside stall :P.The pulao is new to me.The addition of pav bhaji masala is excellent.I can imagine the taste aand will be trying it out .:P :PPP:PPPPPPPPP.Already drooling at the pic.slurp

Vidhya said...

looks perfect Deesha. Nice reading about mumbai

Vibaas said...

that looks yummy. I've never been to mumbai and i've never had this before..you have tempted me for both. Atleast i can make this asap :)

Sushma said...

Me feeling like taking a bite from your plate ;)
I have never had this before. Seems like it is worth a try..
will prepare it for sure :)

LG said...

A new way of preparing pulav, looks very tempting Deesha. Will give it a try for sure :)

Neha said...

I also remember eating this during my (only one) visit to mumbai.., it was awesome..Along with it we had some sandwhiches, Grilled n 3 layered. I remember we(me n my mom) tried mimicking them back at home, but wasn't able to get the same nice taste..
Really wish can have once more...
Urs pulav took me back to those nice memories..

Sharmila said...

Did you say pulao made with pav bhaji masala??!! I happen to have the masala .. never get around to making pav bhaji ... but do make pulao ... my next pulao is going to be tava pulao. Great recipe Deesha! :-)

veggie belly said...

wow, the flavors here sound incredible!

Madhu said...

superb presentation..The pulao looks delicious

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow sounds new to me. Ingredient list sounds familiar.....Looks delish...

jayasree said...

Reading about the chaats make my mouth water. Never had this pulao at Mumbai streets. Shall try on my next visit.

Yours looks delicious...

Jaishree said...

hi deesha iam in mumbai for past 2 decades.. iam enjoying everything wht u r saying...I love Mumbai. The sprit of mumbai I cant feel in any cities. your pulao looks delicious& perfect.

Vij said...

Lovely looking pulao! loved reading ur prelude Deesha.

notyet100 said...

looks interestin,..:-)

Food Fanatic said...

yum i specially love the way u did the garnishing with the carrots! looks great!

sowmya said...

nice recipe..hav eheard of it , but never tried to make ..looks delicious..

rekhas kitchen said...

i naver been to Mumbai haa onec but just int.airport to dom.airport thats it hummmm adding pav bhaji masala is intresting looks so moutwatering

Usha said...

In all my years in Mumbai I seem to have missed the tawa pulao, probably because I am more interested in other chaats so much...but this sounds delicious,love the spices used in this :-)

Laavanya said...

I've never tasted tawa pulao before but your description of it makes my mouthwater at the very thought of it... Looks and sounds awesome.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks so cool and would love to try this and taste the specialty of using pav bhaji masala!

Sia said...

just reading ur description of mumbai and food is enough to make me all nostalgic:) i have had this tawa pulao long ago, not in mumbai but in the food streets of b'lore and it didn't take too long for me to fall in love with it.

DEESHA said...


n33ma - thanks so much

Curry leaf - do give it a try

Vidhya - Thanks

Vibaas - its tempting for sure. do try it

Sushma, LG - do give it a try

Neha - Ohh yes, I love those grilled sandwiches too

Sharmila - do give it a try. you will love it

Veggie Belly - Thanks

Madhu, Kitchen Flavours - thanks so much

jayasree - thank you

jaishree - Thanks, I love Mumbai too

Vij, notyet100 - thanks

Food Fanatic, Sowmya - Thanks so much

Rekha - Glad you liked it

Usha - do try this.

Laavanya - thank you soo much

Rak's Kitchen - Thank you .. yes Pav Bhaji masala tastes good with this

Sia - Thanks girl. I still havent eaten tava pulao in Bangalore. maybe I haven't looked for it hard enough

AnuSriram said...

Pulao looks royal... Nice click! You made me recollect all those sweet memories on my trip to mumbai...

Priya said...

Its almost a long time i had these delicious dishes, tawa pulao looks gorgeous n delicious...

Madhoo.S.Gargya said...

Although I have never been to Mumbai, I'm also a big fan of chat food.....and your Tava Pulao looks sooo delicious....will give it a try sometime.

Varsha Vipins said...

Such a colorama Deesha..they look soo tempting..:)

SriLekha said...

wow! looks so colorful and delicious!

Adlak's tiny world said...

Tawa pulao new to me and looks tempting.. wil try this sure.

DEESHA said...


Priya - Thanks

Madhoo - Do give it a try

Varsha, Srilekha - Thanks girls

Adlak - Do try it & let me know

Nithya Praveen said...

Ahh Girl! Reading ur blog, made me nostalgic.I love mumbai too and the Chats is the best thing.I made Tawa Pulao too,u can check my blog.Urs looks wonderful!

A_and_N said...

I've put off making pulao so many times now. Will make some soon hopefully after seeing this post!

Raaga said...

in fact, our friends always make tawa pulao when we have a pav bhaji party. I miss my office at Nariman Point now :)

farida said...

I would love to visit Mumbai one day. If I do, I will definitely order this dish in a restaurant:) Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.

Yasmeen said...

Awesome!
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Sujatha said...

this is such an innovative idea! pavbhaji masala for pulav sure sounds good..:) Love your colorful rice with those veggie toppings.. Yep, I can imagine why you like mumbai so much!

Sumathi said...

This is such a lovely pulav.. really colorful and looks tasty too..

Sathya Sankar said...

Quite a different dish ! A good read about mumbai. thanks for sharing.

Sanghi said...

Pulav is simply gorgrous and looks tasty Deesha! Keep up ur work! Excellent Recipies! :)

Sanghi said...

Do pick ur award fro my blog :)

Ramya Bala said...

Looks so delicious deepthi...have a contest in orkut and was looking for a different dish..luv it will prepare it tmrw :)

Ramya Bala said...

Looks so delicious deepthi...have a contest in orkut and was looking for a different dish..luv it will prepare it tmrw :)

sriharivatsan said...

Deesha, i am searching for my comments here, could not find..I donno what went wrong.

Anyway, i wanted to comment once again as it tempted me a lot..I even tried this today, it came out awesome..a regular change from other pulao..i donno whether it would have tasted so well like yours but it came out good only..

Thax for sharing a wonderful recipie dear..

Jeena said...

Fabulous veggie dish it looks so tasty. :-)

Suma Rajesh said...

looks great...

Rathna said...

Wonderful recipe Deesha, Pav Bhaaji masala in pulao is definetly unique. Will try :-)

Purva Desai said...

Currently I am spending wonderful time hogging street food in Mumbai...Tawa pulao it is a special street food for me....I always go to have Tawa pulao near Mithibai college....a stall xactly opp bhagubai collg near amar juice centre....I am sure u also must have been there...

Vanamala said...

whatever you said abt mumbai is absolutely right!! i love mumbai too. Amazing city, wonderful ppl. Same here if i go to india i will live in mumbai ...have a flat in Thane. so ..... i love the dish deesha..so authentic...

PG said...

the tava pulao looks really yummy!
Hadn't heard about it before. a lovely recipe.

Bharti said...

I can almost smell your Juju beach pav bhaji pulao. That's just what might be dinner tonight.

Poornima Nair said...

Hi Deesha...its always a pleasure to meet fellow Mumbaites...you are right about Mumbai being a way of life and no matter where you live, nothing compares to Mumbai.
Tava Pulao looks yum and brings back such wonderful memories.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Tawa pulav looks soo colorful!

Anonymous said...

wow marvelous!!!!!! tawa pulav