Monday, May 25, 2009

Tawa Pulav in Mumbai style...

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One of the things I like about Mumbai is the mouth watering street food that you get, especially the chaats available in every street corner. Juhu beach, while a very crowded place is quite different from the beach near our house in Hong Kong where apart from the waves and the wind there was hardly a soul around. Amid the crowd in the Juhu beach are several chaat and other food joints which are hard to miss. While my Hubby advises me not to have street food because of hygiene factors I always end up having atleast the pani puris :). No trip to this beach is complete without having those delectable Chaats and food that they serve there and one among their specialties is this Tawa pulav which I had infact never even heard of earlier. I liked it a lot because of the crunchiness of the vegetables and the masala's which add a distinct flavor to the rice and here comes the recipe.I am sharing some photos to get the feel of juhu beach.



Ingredients:
1 Cup Basmati rice
1 1/2 Cups Lengthly chopped mixed vegetables(Carrot,Beans,Alu,Capsicum,Gobi florets)
1/4 cup Fresh/Frozen Green peas
1/4 Cup chopped Tomato
2 medium onions thinly sliced
1/2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
2 tbsp pav bhaji masala(the key ingredient in this pulav)
1 tsp Kitchen king masala(optional,i generally add this to some kind of pulav's and sabzi)
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp red chilli powder(add if you want extra spicy stuff)
2 tbsp coriander leaves
2 bay leaves
juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Butter

Method:
  • Soak Basmati rice in water for 10-15 mins and cook the rice.(Cook in large amount of water with a spoon of oil and strain it when the rice is cooked or you can even pressure cook it).Spread the rice on a wide plate which helps the granules to be separate.
  • Heat Oil and butter in a thick bottomed Tawa or Pan,add the bay leaves,fry the Onions until translucent,then add ginger-garlic paste and then add the Veggies,peas and fry them for approx 6-7 mins until they are crisp(prick alu with a fork,if it is cut easily then it is done).
  • Remove some portion of the vegetables from it and add pav bhaji masala,kitchen king masala,garam masala,red chilli powder,salt and the cooled rice to the remaining vegetables and mix gently on high flame and remove it from the stove and do the same procedure for the remaining rice.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice and finely chopped coriander leaves all over.( Here, i did not add coriander leaves).
  • The best way to do is mixing them in small portions in order to get a nice fluffy rice and a good smoking flavor to the rice.
  • Serve it piping hot with some simple onion raitha.

I am sending this to Nag's 'Ravishing Rice' Event Which was originally started by Meeta.

42 comments:

Simran said...

I love tawa pulao too. But I like pao bhaji better - trying to avoid that bhaji smell when you are in juhu beach is next to impossible. No, it's impossible :)

jayasree said...

Pulav looks colrful and delicious

rekhas kitchen said...

pulao looks so delicious and colorful with nice aroma I never tried this looks interesting

Priya said...

I love this tawa pulao much, had it long back...u did prefectly..feel like having it rite now!

Ushanandini said...

I Miss MUMBAI! I love Mumbai!:)

Pooja said...

colorful pulav..looking delicious..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i shud try this.. pav bhaji masala in pulao? wow... nice.

Valarmathi said...

Looks so colorful and delicious

Adlak's tiny world said...

colorful and aromatic pulao... will give a try....

Vrinda said...

Never eaten this tawa pulav..looks so yummy and flavorful

Vaishali said...

The street food is one of the things I miss most about Bombay. Thanks for posting this delicious recipe.

Gita's Kitchen said...

wow..that looks super delicious :)

Dibs said...

very nice! I have pav bhaji masala and we cant eat pav bhaji all the time!! Thanks for a great idea!

Pooja said...

Wonderful pulao! Love the combo of masalas in it :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Wow - never heard of it ! But looks so tempting...

Prathibha said...

Thank you all for ur lovely words...

@simran..Yeah i agree the smell is so tempting that one cant miss those stalls..

@Mahima..That is the twist of this tawa pulav,using pav bhaji masala...try it out mahima...it is good..

Uma said...

tooooooo tempting! Pulao looks so delicious and gorgeous Prathibha!

Raaga said...

Much as I love the pav bhaji more... once in a while, I relish the tawa pulao too.

Yours looks so good.

Alka said...

Only a Mumbaikar will know what does visiting Juhu beach mean to a foodie...Though the panipuri(ragda puri) is a thing i absolutely hate at juhu beach, but promise me some pavbahji , tawapulao, Noodles and Kaala khatta and i will surely follow you, come summer, monsoon or winter

Sireesha said...

Pulav looks Yummilicious...

Prathibha said...

Thnk you Uma n sireeshaa.

Yeah Raaga even i like pav bhaji better than this, but prefer to hv this once in a while.

@Alka I completely agree with u regarding the pani poori der,even i had a bad experience eating panipoori there(sadly i found a insect in it n had to throw it n come) but pav bhaji n tawa pulav are definitely to be tasted there...

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Pulao looks delicious. Nice tip on using pav bhaji masala.

Vibaas said...

i've heard so much about this tawa pulao but never had this. looks so yummy.

Suparna said...

Hi,
Love the dreamy look of juhu in the evenings :) and yes the treats are tempting 24/7 uone can never say no to these tounge tickling yummies. I was tempted to use paav bhaaji masala in pulaos many a times but didn't try it out. Kitchen king is a must on the shelf though :)
The recipe has tempted me and give the push required to try it out, thanks.
TC

Ammu said...

Lovely photos & pulav.

Sush said...

I tasted tawa pulav only once & I absoultely loved it. Will try this for sure :)

Rush said...

thnks for sharing the juhu photos..brings back good old chaat memories, never tried the tawa pulao thou spent my life in and around juhu!!
cheers to tawa pulao and the stallwalas in juhu

Divya Vikram said...

Great to see the fotos of mumbai. Tawa pulao looks yummy!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow love the mixture of veggies and spices.....Looks droolworthy....

Happy cook said...

Looks so so yumm, yeah i too love the streets food in bombay and this pictures were they make the food, looks so so good.

Parita said...

Yummy..i love tava pulav..i used to have this whenever we visit juhu beach back in bombay :)

Prathibha said...

Thank you all gals....Glad u ppl liked the photos too..

Pavithra said...

Hey prathy i too do this but i use to do with channa masala .. it is an accident actually when i was trying to do pulao there was no garam masala so i substituted with chole masala it tasted great and from that day onwards it became usual dish for us.. ur tawa pulao is looking so delish and lovely gal. WIsh to have a bowl .

thumbbook said...

Love the photos and that really looks delicious!- alisa@Foodista

Laavanya said...

Oh that looks fabulous and so mouthwatering to read you describe it... thanks for the picture too of this dish being made at the beach. I've not tasted this so far but can't wait to... :)

Padma said...

Tawa pulao looks very colorful Prathibha ..

Srilakshmi said...

Gorgeous looking Pulao!

Sujatha said...

tawa pulao sounds new to me.. looks really nice and the recipe looks simple too.. good one!

Premyscakes said...

love this kind of tawa puloa. looks yummy.

Cham said...

Wow such a crowed place! The pulao is simply delicious!

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats an amazing dish dear..said true..street food really taste good n so flavorful they are..thanks for sharing this..:)

Prathibha said...

@pavitra agree..sometimes experiments in kitchen leads to new innovative interesting recipes..good that u hv already tried.

thank you all..

@cham That is really a over crowded place..I just go there for these chaats n nice breeze.other than that i dont feel like to step in that beach..very very dirty...

@Varsha Street food is teh best when u want to experience the real flavor n taste..

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