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Tava Pulao

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 People
Author Raksha Kamat


  • 1 cup Basmati rice or long grain rice
  • 1 medium sized potato peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/2 capsicum chopped
  • 1 small carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste made from ½ inch ginger and 4 to 5 garlic pods
  • 1 Green Chili finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon pav bhaji masala
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Few Coriander Leaves finely chopped for garnish
  • To taste Salt


  • Wash basmati rice or long grain rice and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  • Cook the basmati rice in a pot to which 4 to 5 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and bay leaf is added. The rice should be par-boiled and should not be sticky.
  • Drain the rice on a colander and let it cool down. Fluff it with a fork.
  • Boil vegetables like potato, carrot and green peas. Drain the water and keep the boiled vegetables aside.
  • Heat a tava or large frying pan. Add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon oil.
  • Add finely chopped onion and sauté till onions turn pinkish.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté till aroma of garlic goes away.
  • Add finely chopped tomato and sauté till tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add chopped capsicum (bell pepper) and sauté till capsicum is cooked.
  • Add the spice powders (masala) like pav bhaji masala, red chili powder, turmeric powder and cumin powder and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the boiled vegetables like potato, green peas and carrot and mix well.
  • Using a potato masher, mash all the vegetables just like how we do while doing pav bhaji. If needed add ¼ cup water.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Next add the cooked rice to the tava and mix gently.
  • Taste and add more salt if needed and mix.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice and a blob of butter.


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