What is Comfort Food for you? For me it is mostly food that reminds me of home or of Mumbai which is my hometown. I still remember this little eatery outside my college campus in Juhu (Mumbai) that served some mean Street style food. I am certainly not saying it was healthy or for that matter hygienic however it sure packed a flavourful punch. That is where I had Tawa Pulav for the first time.
Spicy, tangy, sweet and other myriad of flavors exploded in your mouth at the same time, with crunchy and soft textures of vegetables and rice all in the one bite. The rice is coated with red food colouring and multicolored veggies such as corn kernels, capsicum, onions, carrots, potato and paneer are added to it. Served with a side of a yoghurt based salad/ raita and lots of onions this dish echoes the true flavors of MUMBAI.
Tawa Pulav is made on the same pan on which another famous street food Pav Bhaji (will feature on the blog soon) is made. Butter is added in copious amounts and the rice is super fragrant. Today’s recipe I have used half and half quantities of butter and oil to make it more heart healthy. So here is my recipe for TAWA PULAV – Mumbai Street Style.
The ingredients you need are:
- Rice – 2 Cup cooked Basmati rice
- Peas – 200 gms
- Carrot- 1-chopped finely
- Green Capsicum- 1 – finely chopped
- Corn kernels – 100 gms – steamed
- Red Onion – 1 big one- finely chopped
- Red Onion – Sliced – To serve with the Tawa Pulav
- Potato – 2 medium sized- boiled and cubed
- Paneer- 50 gms – finely chopped
- Spring Onion greens – 30 gms (optional)
- Capcicum- 30 gms finely chopped
- Diced tomato can- 1/2 can or 2 pureed tomatoes
- Coriander – 30 gms- finely chopped
- Lemon Juice – 2 tablespoon
- Butter – 30 gms
- Asafoetida- a pinch
- Oil- 1 tablespoon
- Red Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Pav Bhaji Masala- 2 teaspoon (Everest Brand is preferred)
- Amchur Powder – A pinch
- Ginger Paste – 1 teaspoon
- Garlic Paste 1 teaspoon
- Green Chilli- 1 finely chopped (optional)
- Red Tandoori Food Colour drops – 2 to 3 drops
- Water – 4 tablespoon
- Salt to taste
- Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon
Method of Preparation:
- Mix sugar, some salt, ginger and garlic paste, red chilli powder, amchur powder and Pav Bhaji masala in a bowl and add 4 tablespoons of warm water to it. Mix well to form the SpiceBase. Keep it aside.
- Next finely chop the onions and capsicum and carrots and keep them ready. Boil the potatoes and cube them. Steam the corn and using a sharp knife get the kernels off. Steam the peas and carrots and finely chop the paneer pieces.
- Take a Wok and add 20 gms of butter and all the oil, once it heats add the asafoetida and then the onion and stir fry on a medium flame till it turns pink.
- Next add the chopped capsicum and mix well till it starts to cook which should be about 2-3 mins. Next add the spice base we made to the wok. Mix well till the raw smell of the spices goes away.
- Add the diced tomato to this and cook till it starts to leave oil from the sides. Then add the other steamed vegetables, potato and paneer and spring onion greens. Add lemon juice and salt and chopped green chilli if using to this. Lastly add the red food colour to the vegetable and spice mix.
- Now add the 2 cups of cooked and cooled Basmati rice to the wok and mix slowly ensuring you do not break any grains. Lastly add finely chopped coriander and mix well.
Recipe and Food Styling- Sharvari P Mehan
Photography- Ankit Mehan
Tawa Pulav – Mumbai Street Style is now ready. Serve hot with yoghurt or raita and loads of sliced onions. Garnish with butter and coriander. Simply Bliss….
This recipe serves 4 Adults.
Points to remember when you make Tawa Pulav:
- The green chilli is optional and you can easily avoid it. Similarly can use Kashmiri chilli powder or Degi Mirch powder to reduce the spice quotient.
- Left over rice from the day before or rice cooked atleast 2 hours before making the Pulav is ideal. This would give best results. Preferably use Basmati rice as it adds to the aroma of the Tawa Pulav.
- You can find Pav Bhaji Masala in any Indian Specialty store and I recommend the brand Everest.