Tawa Pulao is a popular Indian street food which is super easy to make and tastes different from regular pulao. Leftover rice and left over Pav bhaji masala cooked on a flat Tava on stove top with some fresh spices makes this a lip smacking meal. Its usually served with raita and some fresh onion slices.
Street food has it’s own charm, The buzz of the busy street and the wait to get that spicy chaat or dosa or omelet prepared with such ease and speed always makes me drool…It also makes me wonder how much prep work and muscle memory has goes in this process day in and day out…… ..
When ever I am feeling unmotivated or not in great mood to cook, I turn on YT to watch one of these videos…… It makes me drool every single time I watch YT videos of street vendors preparing in their little stall and brings back memories of college..
This is my go to pulav even if I don’t have left over pav Bhaji gravy… yes. it takes time to make the PavBhaji masala so how do you make is fast and quick and them make this pulav you ask? I say “Instant Pot”.
Don’t have an Instant pot ? No worries you can cook the Bhaji in a regular pressure cooker as well. Just manage the time the number of whistles to cook it enough and not over cook.Instant Pot does makes it easier, to prepare everything from scratch in less than an hour. If you want to dump and forget till you are ready to eat its perfect. If you have left over rice its ever quicker.
Since I have 2 instant pots , I make the rice in on pot and the bhaji in the other and then mix it when I am ready to serve. I don’t have to baby sit the dish and it is hot and read to geo when we are ready to eat.
Instant Pot makes it easier to prepare everything from scratch in less than an hour. If you have left over rice its ever quicker. Since I have 2 instant pots , I make the rice in on pot and the bhaji in the other and then mix it when I am ready to serve. I don’t have to baby sit the dish and it is hot and read to geo when we are ready to eat.
Instant Pot Tawa Pulao
- 3 cups cooked rice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Green cardamom
For Bhaji Masala
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 medium onion sliced
- 1 tsp ginger-garlic chopped
- 2 medium potatoes
- 3 medium tomato chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
- 2 medium carrot chopped
- 10 nos Green beans
- 1/4 cup green peas
- 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- 3 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
- 3 tbsp mint leaves chopped
- Use left over rice or cook rice as preferred.
- Cook 2.5 cups of basmathi rice in instant pot for 5-7 mins in manual mode with 4.5 cups of water.
- Let the pressure release naturally.
- Fry the paneer on the tawa and set aside
- In another Instant pot heat butter and oil in saute mode.
- Then Add the onions and, staute them until they start to just change color.
- Add the ginger and green and tomatoes and stir-fry for another couple of minutes
- Add the chopped vegetables and give a quick saute for 2 minutes.
- Add the chilli powder, turmeric, and coriander powder
- Add the 3 cups water and mix everything thoroughly, another two minutes.
- now turn the instant pot to manual mode and cook for 6-8 mins. The vegetables will cook very soft.
- Once done manually release the pressure ( to avoid overcooking of veggies).
- Turn heat to manual mode and add bhaji masala and stir well. Now trun off the heat and mix in the cooked rice with the Bhaji gravy.
- Add the lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves or spring onions, and the fried Paneer. Mix light handed without breaking the rice.
- Serve piping hot with raita of your choice.
- If you do not have an Instant pot Use your regular pressure cooker to make both rice and bhaji and mix it on a flat wok or tava. with some butter and panner.
- adjust rice water ratio to your liking or the rice you use.
- Also time to cook depends on the Instant pot so cook rice based on how you cook in your specific instant pot.
- For totally vegan version Skip the butter and the panner and replace it with oil and tofu or skip it.