Tawa Pulao

April 30, 2018mayurisjikoni




Tawa pulao is a flavourful, delicious and easy to make rice dish. I purposely make more of the Pav Bhaji, bhaji so that I can make this tawa pulao. Served with some yogurt, yogurt drink and papad along with chopped onions, it makes a perfect lazy day meal.

Mumbai And Juhu Beach

Whenever we’re I Mumbai, a walk on Juhu beach is a must nearly everyday. This year the walking session was cut short when I tripped on a brick buried in the sand and fractured my toe!

Enjoying meals right from pav bhaji, dabeli, tawa pulao to falooda on the beach is what I love. However, Hubby doesn’t like to eat from the canteens on the beach. The colours and aromas are just too irresistible for me. I’m always looking for someone who will join me to enjoy these meals. Can think of tummy bugs later!


It was during a wedding shopping event for my cousin that a group of 6 ladies, my cousins, aunt and her sisters we all enjoyed numerous dishes at the food stalls on Juhu Beach. We ordered so many dishes and tried them all out. One was tawa pulao. The man simply took a bit of the bhaji on the tawa, added some plain cooked rice on the side of the big tawa. He sautéed some onions and chilis in some oil. Add the bhaji, mashed it up a bit, sprinkled some red chilli powder and chaat masala. Mixed in the plain rice. Served with a generous topping of chopped coriander and onions, the rice was simply so tasty.

By the way my cousin, whose wedding shopping we all enjoyed and had loads of fun, recently celebrated her  14th Wedding Anniversary. It seems it was just the other day we had so much fun.

More About Tawa Pulao

Its one of the simplest recipes ever if you have leftover rice and some leftover pav bhaji masala or the bhaji as it is called.  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 or bhaji.  Most Indian homes have rice or chapatis left over in their fridge.

The charming part of this recipe is that you can take any proportion of rice and pav bhaji masala or bhaji to make a wholesome, lip smacking and filling meal in a jiffy. I like to take equal parts of both the rice and masala.


FoodieMonday/ Bloghop Theme

For this week’s  FoodieMonday/ Bloghop Group’s #142nd theme Mallika who blogs at A Foodie Housewife. at  chose the theme as The Leftovers. Make anything from any leftover dish. Before Mallika suggested leftovers, I had prepared pav bhaji for dinner the previous day. 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.

Like minds think alike, Mallika too used leftover pav bhaji masala or bhaji to make a delicious Masala Vada Pav. A different kind of Vada Pav from the usual traditional one. Go on check out the recipe.


Some More Dishes To Check Out Using Leftovers

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. 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. You should check out how Renu uses leftover dal or lentil curry to make some delicious looking pancakes.


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As I mentioned above, I cannot resist making more bhaji or masala so that hubby and I can enjoy tawa pulao. As I made this dish recently, I thought my photos need a bit of an update.

First Published on 30/04/2018. Updated on 20/08/2021

Ingredients Required For Tawa Pulao

Leftover Plain Rice – can be white or brown. I’ve even used quinoa occasionally.

Leftover Pav Bhaji Masala or Bhaji – check out my Pav Bhaji recipe as how to make the bhaji or mixed vegetable curry.

Salt – to add to the tawa rice and also for the onion salad.

Onion – medium or large onion, peeled and sliced. Also chop a small onion finely to serve on the side as a salad.

Lemon Juice – for the finely chopped onion

Red Chilli Powder – to add to the masala and also to the onion salad.

Oil – any vegetable oil. Can use a mixture of ghee and oil.

Cumin Seeds – jeera or jeeru. I like to add as it gives extra flavour.


Serve With:

Roasted Papad

Plain Yogurt or Chaas – Chaas is savoury yogurt drink. I like to serve it with either Vaghareli Chaas or Coriander Garlic Chaas






Tawa pulao is a flavourful, delicious and easy to make rice dish. I purposely make more of the Pav Bhaji, bhaji so that I can make this tawa pulao. Served with some yogurt, yogurt drink and papad along with chopped onions, it makes a perfect lazy day meal. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 cups leftover plain rice
  • 2 cups pav bhaji masala/bhaji
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large onion peeled and sliced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped


  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • roasted papad
  • yogurt or chaas


  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle.
  • Add sliced onions and saute till they become soft.
  • Add the sliced garlic and stir fry for a minute or so.
  • Add salt and red chilli powder. Mix well.
  • Add the pav bhaji masala. Allow it to become hot. Mash it up a bit more if you want to.
  • Add the cooked rice.
  • 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 chopped onion salad, 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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  • The Girl Next Door

    April 30, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I absolutely love tawa pulao! I make it often, whenever there’s leftover rice at home.   Your version looks delectable!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 30, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks Priya, I too love it so make if often.

  • poonampagar

    April 30, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    The tawa pulao looks so delicious and tempting di !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 30, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Poonam.

  • Priya Suresh

    April 30, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Quite a routine at home if i have some leftover rice in fridge, our family favourite and lovely dish to have with some gourmet gravies na..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Leftover rice has so many different avatars in most homes.

  • saswatihota

    May 1, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Tawa Pulao is a hot favourite in my place and yours looks so inviting.And your procedure is so easy too..loved it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much Saswati.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    May 1, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Super tempting tawa pulao. Now I have to make extra pav bhaji masala tomorrow. I use leftover rice in fried rice lemon rice etc. But never made tawa pulao with pav bhaji masala. This looks just awesome 😊

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Try it out Sujata, am sure everyone will lick their figures. I just love it especially since all the spices get marinated and it tastes even better.

      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        May 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm

        Sure Mayuri I will 😊

  • afoodiehousewife

    May 1, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Variations made from leftover rice are my favorite for breakfast and tawa pulao made with bhaji or even pav bhaji masala tops the list! It’s so tangy and flavorful! Love this!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Mallika. After reading your comment, I now see the difference, bhaji and pav bhaji masala. :0 Actually used the bhaji with the rice. Gujjus tend to call it masala!

  • Preethi Prasad

    May 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Tawa pulao is one of my favourite.Your post made me go down the memory lane when we were in Bombay.We used to have it regularly then.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Preethi, I too just love it. I actually enjoy it on its own without adding any yogurt, salads or anything to it.

  • Soma Mukherjee

    May 4, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Love tawa pulao, and your version of using the leftover bhaji to create this flavourful dish sounds yummy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Soma

  • Shobha Keshwani

    May 4, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Delicious tawa pulao.. nice way to make use of the left over rice too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Shobha.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    May 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    This looks so tempting. I never made tawa pulav, I have some pav bhaji left and now I know what to cook. Yummy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      Try it Renu, its delicious. As I mentioned I purposely make a bit more bhaji.

  • Aruna

    May 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Eating from the food stalls at the beach is such a delight. We go as a large group and go crazy ordering stuff! 🙂 I love Tava Pulao and order it when I do not carry lunch to work.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Next trip to Mumbai we’re hitting the stalls 🙂

  • Jolly

    May 4, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    One of my fav pulao, beautiful way to use our leftovers rice. Perfect and amazingly delicious pulao recipe. YUMMY!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      First made it from your blog Jolly. Thanks.

  • Drashti Dholakia

    May 6, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Wow..this one is a favourite and a great way to use leftover rice and bhaji

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 6, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks Drashti.

  • simplysensationalfood

    May 6, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I am making pav bhaji this weekend so I am going to take your advise and recreate this dish as you have got me drooling over it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 6, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Enjoy the flavorful tawa pulao Nyana.

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    May 7, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Super delicious looking Tawa pulao. This is a great way of using up left over rice 🙂

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    May 7, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Love the colour of the pulao, Mayuri and can see it is a delightful recipe. yumm yummm.

  • Lathiya

    May 7, 2018 at 6:12 am

    This is an international way to use leftover rice…tawa Pulao Sounds awesome delicious

  • Dhwani

    May 7, 2018 at 6:57 am

    My family love tawa pulao. We make it very often with lots of veggies. I ll try your version soon. Thanks for sharing.

  • Uma Srinivas

    May 7, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Yes this is perfect for leftover rice or for quick dinner menu! Tawa pulav is my favorite too:)

  • Padma

    May 7, 2018 at 9:34 am

    This is the best, easy and delicious way to use up leftover rice. Makes a great lunchbox recipe too. But, adding pav bhaji masala is a great idea…Isn’t 2 cups pav bhaji masala a lot…just wanted to confirm 🙂

  • marianasir1973

    May 7, 2018 at 9:45 am

    This has got to be the best way to use up left over rice. I’ve heard so much about this flavourful street food that I wished I could visit Mumbai someday to enjoy it. Thanks to your recipe, now I can cook and enjoy in the comfort of my own kitchen. 😊

  • Jagruti

    May 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve never tasted tawa pulao in Mumbai, but sister being in Mumbai always brag about this dish, so few years back I made and since then this rice dish has become one of our favourite at home.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    May 8, 2018 at 9:22 am

    The tawa pulao looks so delicious and tempting , even the whole procedure seems to an easy and simple 🙂 Awesome share di

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Sasmita. Once you rice and leftover bhaji, the procedure is very simple.

  • mayurisjikoni

    May 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you Jayashree

  • cookingwithsapana

    May 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Tawa pulao is my favorite rice dish. Whenever I am out of options to cook variety rice, I make tawa pulao and your pulao looks sinful.

  • FoodTrails

    September 17, 2019 at 5:31 am

    One of the best and delicious way to use leftover rice and bhaji.. we love the bhaji tawa pulao that is served at Juhu beach by bhaji stall vendors. it’s been ages now.. Your rice bowl looks inviting, time to make some now!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty.

  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    September 18, 2019 at 6:27 am

    This reminded me so much of when I was in Mumbai. I loved reading the intro as I ordered exactly what you described. Pradnya and I shared a big plate of Tawa Pulao and Pav Bhaji all from the same tawa and they were so good. I really should try this Tawa Pulao myself at home!

  • Seema Sriram

    August 23, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    5 stars
    It took a while for me to make this from the long list I have saved from your blog. The taste was spot on and we loved the escape to India feel we had with this tawa pulao.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 23, 2021 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you so much Seema for trying out tawa pulao. We simply love it and yes, it does transport us back to the Juhu beach 🙂

  • Kalyani

    August 26, 2021 at 9:14 am

    5 stars
    Mayuri- I think next trip to mumbai we shud team up for a foodie sojourn on the beach. my hubby too refuses to eat anything from the shacks there or even a roadside chaat 🙁 This tawa pulao looks irresistible – we love it at home too

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 26, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      Now that is a plan Kalyani, can you believe it that I’ve still not tried any street food from the famous Bandra place.

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