Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tava Pulao

As I have mentioned many times in this blog, I love Mumbai street food. Being brought up in such a lively city, with so many people around, and with so many food choices, I am always craving Bombay street food. I don't remember going to restaurants many times with my college friends, but I do remember standing on a street corner, eating pani puri, pav bhaji, tava pulao, frankie, vada pav etc etc.

Today I am providing the recipe for tava pulao. Tava pulao is a spicy rice dish found at most of the pav bhaji selling places. It is made using pav bhaji masala, and a little bhaji. Here is the recipe for making tava pulao at home.

2 Cloves Garlic,
2-1/2 Cups Cooked Rice (Preferably Basmati)
Salt Per Taste,
2 Tablespoon Butter,
2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds,
1/2 Onion, Finley Chopped,
1 Capsicum (Bell Pepper), Finley Chopped
1 Inch Piece of Ginger, Grated
1 Large or 2 Medium Tomatoes, Finley Chopped,
1/2 Cup Green Peas,
1/2 Cup Carrots, Chopped,
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice,
1.5 Tablespoon Pav Bhaji Masala,
1/4 cup Bhaji (pav bhaji), Optional
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder,
1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder (or less, per taste),
1/4 cup Water,
1/8 Cup Cilantro (Coriander Leaves), Chopped

Heat the butter in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds start to crackle, add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, and add the ginger. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the peas, carrots and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes more, then add the tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric, and pav bhaji masala, bhaji and water. Cook on high until the tomatoes are well cooked. Now add the rice. Stir well to make sure the rice is covered with the masala. Cook until the rice is thoroughly heated. Turn off the flame, and add the lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Stir well, and serve hot with plain yogurt, or raita.

-- You can add/substitute other veggies of your choice such as green beans, cauliflower, potatoes etc.

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