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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 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
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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