Tava Pulao (A popular Maharashtrian Vegetable Pulao)

Last year while my visit to Mumbai I got opportunity to taste various Mumbai special dishes like Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, Misal Pav, Masala Pav, Keema Pav, Tava Pulao and so on. I liked the taste of pav bhaji masala with rice. Never ever though that pav bhaji masala can be used other than ‘bhaji’ and that to in a rice preparation. This ‘Tava Pulao’ is a quick fix option for brunch or for lunch box. You can put as many vegetables as possible. Traditionally they put tomato, capsicum and boiled potato but I have added some corn too along with other vegetables. I loved this recipe, I hope you are going to like this recipe too.


  • Cooked Rice – 3 cups
  • Boiled Potato – 1 (Cut into cubes)
  • Mixed Vegetables – 1 cup (Carrot, beans, green peas, cauliflower)
  • Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Fresh Coriander Leaf – A handful
  • Onion – 1 (Big – finely sliced)
  • Tomato – 1 (Big – chopped)
  • Capsicum – ½ (Cut into small cubes)
  • Corn – A handful
  • Ginger Paste – ½ tsp
  • Garlic Paste – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Green Chilli – 2 (Slit)
  • Red Chilli Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Pav Bhaji Masala – 2 tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Butter – 2 tsp


  1. Blanch the vegetables and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper the oil with cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add chopped onion. Sauté till translucent.
  4. Add ginger and garlic paste. Cook till raw smell goes off.
  5. Add blanched vegetables. Sprinkle some salt and cook for a while.
  6. Add potato and chopped tomato. Cover and cook till tomato becomes soft.
  7. Add in all powder masalas and capsicum. Add a splash of water. Cook till the raw smell of spices goes off.
  8. Next add cooked rice and mix everything very well.
  9. Add in slit green chilli and butter.
  10. Remove from heat and rest for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  11. Sprinkle chopped coriander and serve with green salad and curd.

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