Indian Spiced Tomato Rice, Tomato Pulav, Tava Pulav

This recipe is a staple in Indian cuisine, and it’s easy to make. It’s also delicious as a side dish or as a main meal with rice.

Tawa pulao is a type of rice that is cooked in a tava, which is a traditional Indian pan. This dish can be made with any leftover pav bhaji.


Tava pulav is a popular street dish in Mumbai. Most pav bhaji vendors sell this colorful, lip-smackingly delicious, spicy tomato rice. This wonderful pulav is made with leftover pav bhaji masala and rice. So this pulav has everything that goes into a pav bhaji.

This is a fast and easy one-dish dinner. The greatest thing is that you can make this pulav using leftover rice. We Indians eat a lot of rice, and there’s usually plenty left over, which makes us nervous. 🙂

There’s one restaurant in Bangalore that produces this delicious pulav, and people come from all over the city to try the “tava pulav,” as it’s called since it’s cooked on a large tawa. Sagar is the name of the location.


2 big, fully ripe tomatoes 3 cups rice (cooked) 2 cubed large onions 2–3 teaspoons of oil 1 medium sliced green capsicum 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic-ginger paste 1 tsp. red chili powder 2 finely chopped green chilies tomato sauce (1/2 cup) 1 tablespoon masala for pav bhaji a half teaspoon of turmeric 1/2 cup green peas, boiling 5-­6 cauliflower florets, shredded and boiled (optional) 1 large peeled, chopped, and cooked potato (optional) 50 g cottage cheese (paneer) diced/cubed (optional) season with salt to taste a quarter-cup of lemon juice 3 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Method of preparation: Preheat a wok or a large, deep nonstick pan. When the oil in the pan is heated, add the ginger garlic paste. Sauté for a total of 10 seconds. 

Sauté for 10 seconds after adding the chopped green chilies.

SautĂ© the onions, coarsely diced, until they are tender and transparent. That’s when they start to taste good.

Allow the tomatoes to simmer for a few minutes. 

Add the capsicum and sautĂ© for a minute after the tomatoes have softened. So they’re a bit crunchy.

Then pour in the tomato ketchup. Tomato puree may also be used for tomato ketchup.

Then rapidly stir in the red chili powder, turmeric, and pav bhaji masala.

Mix in the cooked green peas, cauliflower, and potato. 

Stir in 1 cup of water. 

Stir in the tiny cottage cheese cubes and the salt. Allow for a minute of cooking time.

Reduce the heat to low, add the cooked rice, and gently stir until the rice is heated through.

The rice should be clean and well-separated. Water is added to slightly cook the paneer and rice.

Turn off the heat after a few minutes of cooking and continuous stirring.

Mix in the lemon juice and coriander leaves well. 

Serve immediately with raita.


Vegetables of your choosing, such as carrots, may be added.

You may also perform the frying in a pressure cooker, then add the rice grains and water and cook it the same way you would any other pulav. However, the manner stated above is the way it is done ritually.

To make the raita, start by combining all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

1/2 cup curds, finely chopped tomatoes and onions Mix in the salt and serve.

Time to prepare: 30-40 minutes

Rice, Pulav, Indian Spiced Rice, Street Food, Spicy Tomato Rice, Leftover Rice Recipe

The paneer tawa pulao is a dish that uses paneer, tomatoes, and spices. It is a popular Indian dish that can be made in just one pot.

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