Tawa Pulao
Author: Alka
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Mumbai Juhu beach style Tawa pulao recipe
Ingredients
  • Basmati rice (I used regular non basmati variety) 1 cup
  • Tomato 1
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Onion 1
  • Chopped vegetables like a capsicum,a carrot, few beans,few florets of cauliflower,few shelled  and boiled peas etc
  • Khada Garam masala like a Tejpatta, few whole black peppers, 1 Star aniseed, 2 Cloves etc
  • Ginger crushed
  • Salt as per taste
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • Oil 2 tsp (or less)
Method
  1. Pick and rinse rice for few times with water, till water runs clear
  2. Soak the rice for 15 minutes if using basmati , otherwise for half hour
  3. Now boil the rice with water and salt and cook it until almost done.But beware not to overcook it
  4. Let the rice cool off completely.You can spread the cooked rice in colander or big plate
  5. Meanwhile in a pan or kadai (whichever bigger in size) take some oil, heat it, and add whole garam masala.
  6. Keep stirring it for few seconds, then add chopped onion and crushed ginger
  7. Saute till onion turns translucent
  8. Add chopped vegetables EXCLUDING CAPSICUM (this is important, since we need capsicum to be crunchy as it gives altogether different flavour to final dish as compared to cooked capsicum)
  9. Saute them, add some salt( be cautious since there is already salt in rice) , turmeric powder, chopped green chillies, tomato and let the vegetables cook a bit (do not over cook them)
  10. If the whole mixture appears to be very dry, then sprinkle some water ( a spoon or two) and mix
  11. Now add boiled (and cooled) rice and mix very gently so as not to break the grains.Now add chopped capsicum
  12. Let it cook on DUM. Keep a griddle (yahooo ... i used tawa even if for name sake) on flame and place the pan over it, put the flame on sim,cover the pan with a plate and keep some heavy utensil above it
  13. As the rice absorbs the flavors of vegetables and spices, your Tawa pulao is getting ready to be dressed up with fresh coriander leaves, mint leaves ,few drops of lemon juice and to be served with crunchy papads/ curd / Raita or any vegetable Curry .
Recipe by Sindhi Rasoi |Sindhi Recipes at http://sindhirasoi.com/2008/11/tawa-pulao/