Tawa Pulao

It’s half past midnight here and I am sitting in the hall refusing to shut my already half-shut eyes. In case you are wondering why I am doing this, it’s because it’s the time of the DAY when there is peace and quiet in the house (aka Adyant’s slept). So there is no melodramatic episode of crying involved where in he wants the same gadget that we are using! It’s actually funny to see Adya’s reaction when I give him another laptop while I am working on one. He simply doesn’t want the one I give him. Just to set things a bit more into perspective, I use a MacBook Pro for my personal work & one sad ass Lenovo for office work. While I am working on my Lenovo & I offer him the MacBook Pro for a few minutes so that he can type on the keypad happily, he doesn’t seem to want the MacBook at all after all. He wants the sad ass Lenovo! what can I say except that my son’s choice of gadgets isn’t the shrewdest ;). But on the other hand, how does it matter to him when all he wants to do is try and break the gadget, whatever it maybe (Well, he hasn’t gotten around to watching stuff on gadgets as yet)! 🙂 All that fun aside, today (well, technically yesterday) is a Thursday which means, I try and make something for D. Our good friend Nisha was coming home tonight and she usually doesn’t enjoy South Indian food. D wanted some sort of briyani and I safely zeroed in on Tawa Pulao. Easy & fairly quick. Doesn’t involve too many processes and almost always, doesn’t fail you! Ends up coming out well. I had once seen Chef Venkatesh Bhat make this recipe on Vijay TV and I knew that was the recipe I was going to follow forever and ever!

Tawa pulao
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3 people
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 big onions
  • 1 big capsicum
  • 1 cup beans
  • 0.5 cups peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/2 cup paneer
  • 3 tsp pav bhaji masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1.5 tbsp ginger garlic & green chilli paste
  1. Cook the rice as per package instructions. I soaked mine for about 20 mins and cooked in 2.5 cups of water with 1 tsp salt.
  2. Heat a tawa/ skillet with oil & saute the ginger garlic & green chili paste for 1 min.
  3. Add the onions & fry till it gets translucent.
  4. Add the capsicum and fry for 2 mins.
  5. Add all the veggies now & a bit of water. Let the mixture cook for a few mins. Add some salt at this stage (Less salt since pav bhaji masala will also have some salt).
  6. Once the veggies are half done, add some turmeric powder & pav bhaji masala. Stir the mixture and add a little more water if required.
  7. If you want to add paneer, now is the stage to add it.
  8. Turn off the heat and mix the veggies & rice carefully. Ensure the rice doesn't break.
  9. Check and adjust for salt at this stage. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves & enjoy the rice with a side of raita & chips!

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