Tawa Pulao ( Version 2) with Tomato Onion Raita


Too tired to dish up a whole meal, and a one dish meal comes to the rescue.Quick and easy to prepare a favourite street food recipe that tastes great with the addition of biryani masala too.

Mumbai’s favourite roadside snack loved by all. A delicious pulao that’s filling and appeases hunger pangs. In the previous version I have used Pav Bhaji Masala, while here I have prepared the same using Biryani masala. Different flavours, yet awesome taste.



  • 3 1/2 cups cooked rice (preferably basmati.Cook by open pot method, that’l give fluffy rice)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp butter (adjust as per choice)
  • 6 cloves of garlic very finely chopped
  • 1 finely chopped green chilly
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder ( adjust to spice required)
  • 1 1/2 tsp biryani masala (adjust to the flavour it imparts)
  • 1 cup onions (approximately 2 onions) finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato chopped fine (excluding the seedy portion)
  • 1/4th cup capsicum finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp butter (as per choice)
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped to garnish


  • Heat oil in a flat pan or large tawa. Add onions and saute in between low to medium flame till transluscent.
  • Add finely chopped garlic, green chilly,saute,then add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder and saute for a minute or two.
  • Add capsicum, tomatoes, mix well, add a tsp of butter and biryani masala and saute well. Then add rice, salt and chopped coriander leaves and toss gently for another minute. Leave butter from all sides and sprinkle some biryani masala and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with tomato onion raita.


  • The colour of the rice will vary depending on the colour of chilli powder and biryani masala used. I have added kashmiri chilli powder first, hence the rice has taken up the colour in the pic.
  • I have used the local brand in Thane K G Wanage biryani masala. For variation in taste use pav bhaji masala instead of biryani masala. Again I use K G Wanage pav bhaji masala as it gives the perfect flavour and taste.
  • Use salted butter, it lends an awesome taste. Adjust salt accordingly.

Tomato onion raita

Raitas are accompaniments that go very well with rice dishes as well rotis.



• 1 medium sized onion chopped fine

• 1 medium sized tomato chopped fine

• 2 cups curds

• 2 green chillies chopped fine

• Sugar to taste

• Salt to taste

• Coriander leaves finely chopped to garnish


• In a mixing bowl, whisk curds and add chopped onion, tomato, green chillies, sugar and salt. Mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl.

• Garnish with coriander leaves.


  • Add sugar only if the curds is tarter than you like
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