I first came across the recipe for tawa pulao on Jolly’s blog. I made it the way she did and the family loved it. Last year when I was in Mumbai, we’d go for a walk on Juhu beach nearly everyday till I managed to trip on a brick buried in the sand and fractured my toe! Hubby doesn’t like to eat from the canteens at Chowpatty but I get so tempted with all the aromas and colors. Once, we stopped by to buy a bottle of water and saw how tawa pulao was made. Its one of the simplest recipes ever if you have leftover rice and some leftover pav bhaji masala. I love how they cook the pav bhaji on those gigantic tawas. Wish I had not forgotten my phone to take pictures. If someone orders pav bhaji, the bhaji is already simmering on the tawa, the buns are slathered with butter and roasted on the same tawa on the side. No wonder those pav also taste so yummy on its own.(yes, have sneaked away to enjoy snacks there without hubby dear!)If one orders tawa pulao, rice and some pav bhaji masala is mixed on that same tawa on the side, heated up to piping hot and served. After coming back home, I once made extra pav bhaji masala. Next day mixed it with rice and served it to hubby. We both loved the dish. Now whenever I prepare pav bhaji, I make sure I have made some extra masala. Most Indian homes have rice or chapatis left over in their fridge.
For this week’s FoodieMonday/ Bloghop Group’s #142nd theme Mallika who blogs at chose the theme as The Leftovers. Make anything from any leftover dish. I usually make vaghareli roti from leftover rotis, Idli chaat from leftover idlis, Amiri khaman from leftover dhokras, dhokri from leftover dal, theplas from leftover khichdi. The list is endless. Its ironical that the day Mallika suggested leftovers, I had prepared pav bhaji for dinner. So obviously I jumped at the suggestion of the theme as an extra bright bulb lit in my brains saying ‘tawa pulao, tawa pulao’. My contribution towards this theme is a combination of leftover rice and leftover pav bhaji masala. The charming part of this recipe is that you can take any proportion of rice and pav bhaji masala to make a wholesome, lip smacking and filling meal in a jiffy. I like to take equal parts of both the rice and masala.
Let’s head towards an easy peasy tawa pulao recipe.
2 cups of leftover rice
2 cups of pav bhaji masala
½ tsp salt
1 onion sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
a generous pinch of salt
½ tsp red chilli powder
yogurt or chaas
- Add the pav bhaji masala to a wide pan.
- Heat it up over medium flame.
- Add the cooked rice and salt.
- Mix gently and let it become hot.
- In a small serving bowl, mix onion, lemon juice, salt and red chili powder.
- Serve tawa pulao with the sliced onion, chaas and roasted papad.
- Add extra spices like chili powder according to your taste.
- Spices in the leftover pav bhaji masala get more infused and tastes really nice the following day. So best to use leftover masala for this dish.
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