Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Paneer Tawa Pulao

When I want to make something quick for my husband's lunch this Tawa pulao is something I can whip up quite easily and is spicy and tasty. I add paneer and peas (didn't have any peas when I made it this time) for some protein and also bell peppers for some crunch. Since he's not a big fan tomato, I skip it entirely and add a dash of ketchup to get some tang and colour. What sets apart a tawa pulao is the pav bhaji masala powder... it livens up the dish with a different flavour from the usual mixed rices. You could also squeeze in some lemon juice at the very end for a bright citrus taste.



Cooked Rice - 2 cups, grains should be separate not mushy, preferably Basmati
Onion - half of a medium one, chopped finely
Bell Pepper - half cup, choppedPaneer - about 100 gms, cut into small pieces
Peas - 1/4 cup, cooked (optional)
Ginger, garlic - 1 tsp each, chopped finely
Chilli powder - 1 tspPav Bhaji masala powder - 1 tbsp (or to taste)
Ketchup - 1 to 1.5 tbsp
Cumin seeds - half tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Lemon juice - to taste (optional)
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp, chopped


1) Heat oil in a wide, shallow pan and season with cumin seeds. When they sizzle, it's time to add the onions, ginger & garlic.

2) When the onions are translucent, add the bell pepper with a bit of salt and cook until tender crisp. Then add the paneer pieces and keep tossing together so they get a bit browned.

3) Next the peas are added, if using, followed by the chilli powder and pav bhaji masala powder. After a minute or two of continuous stirring add in the ketchup followed by the rice. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings and continue to stir the rice gently until it gets completely coated with the masala. Reduce the flame and cover for a few minutes to let the flavours absorb.

4) Switch off the stove and after about 5 to 10 minutes stir in the coriander leaves and sprinkle some lemon juice before serving with raitha and chips.


  1. This could be a great alternative to fried rice and variety one we make. Love it got to try it!

  2. This looks very yummy n delicious..loved it
    i luv 2 try this......

  3. Such a delicious and simple one to make for lunch box. Will try soon

  4. Indian fried rice:)...looks delish!

  5. Love this recipe. The rice looks fiery and colourful..want to taste it right now :)

  6. Looks yummy! Love paneer and rice combo.

  7. Looks yummy! Love paneer and rice combo.

  8. I make this for my hubby lunch box but yet to post it ;)

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  10. I love one pot meals and this looks so delish!

  11. Looks and sounds spicy and easy too, loved the recipe!

  12. The tava pulao looks mouthwatering. I love the spices, especially pav bhaji masala in it. Can't wait to try it.

  13. is it possible to make tawaa pulao without pavbhaji masala


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