Monday, 25 September 2017

Tawa Pulao with Chicken

Tawa pulao is a very famous street side food in Mumbai. I often make this pulao when I have left over rice that too particularly for dinner. So this time when I had some chicken pices left and left-over rice, I tried tawa pulao for dinner with chicken pieces and it was an instant hit.

The name tawa pulai is because in the street sides this pulao is made on a large tawa, a griddle in which usually the paav-bhaji is made. To make this,  cooked rice is mixed with cooked vegetables and paav-bhaji masala. I have used butter in the recipe to make it same as the paav-bhaji vendors make. But for health reasons you can use oil instead. 


Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Chicken pieces - 1/2 cup
Onion finely chopped - 1 cup heaped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomato - 3/4 cup chopped
Capsicum - 1/2 cup chopped
Boiled vegetables (peas, carrot, beans) - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli paste - 1 1/2 tbsp or as needed
Pav Bhaji masala - 2-3 tsp (available ready made)
Salt as needed

For the seasoning 

Oil - 1 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Finely chopped coriander leaves


  • Boil the vegetables with little salt and keep it aside.
  • Cook the chicken pieces in micorwave high for about 6-7 minutes. After cooking, separate the meat pieces from the bones and discard the bones.
  • Soak 8-10 red chillies in hot water for 1 hours after removing the seeds. Grind it to a smooth paste. Our red chilli paste is ready.
  • Heat oil + butter in a kadai, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add finely chopped onions and saute until onions turn light brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes or until the raw flavor goes.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and saute until tomatoes become soft and well cooked.
  • Add chopped capsicum, sprinkle water and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add boiled vegetables, cooked chicken meat pieces and mix it well.
  • Add chilli paste, pav bhaji masala, salt needed, 2 tbsp of water and cook for a few more minutes. 
  • Add the cooked rice, and mix well until the rice is well coated with the masala. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until everything gets blended well.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with raita or papads or salad.


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  1. I love tawa pulao and this one with chicken must surely be a hit with kids...will try it sometime..

  2. I simply adore the flavors of tawa pulao but never tried a version with chicken.. This sure is a hit!!

  3. Tava pulao is a tasty and easy dish...chicken would have added so much flavour to it!

  4. I love tawa pulao and the kids must have loved this version of tawa pulao.

  5. Wow tawa pulao with chicken, am just drooling rite now here, my mouth is just watering here.

  6. Tawa pulao with chicken sounds interesting. I usually make it with left over pav bhaji. This is very nice.

  7. Tawa pulao itself is delicious and with chicken it must have tasted yummy.

  8. That is a good twist to tawa pulao. Tawa pulao is one of my fav street foods. Adding butter surely enhances the taste..

  9. An easy and yet filling rice dish. Sharing the recipe link with my daughter and sons as they always have some chicken left over.

  10. We always make vegetarian tawa Pulao and always enhance it with butter ,must be loved by chicken lovers.