Monday, December 29, 2014

Vegetable Tava Pulav with Beetroot

Tava Pulav with Beetroot
Who doesn’t like street food and that to something which is loaded with vegetables? Who doesn’t like Pav-bhaji, tava pulav? At least those who are from Maharashtra? My mouth is watering now just by the thought of it. So here comes a very very easy yet delicious recipe of Tava Pulav which usually we get at the pav-bhaji stand and we order it after we are done with yummy pav-bhaji. I always used to think street food is unhealthy and we shouldn’t consume it, though it never stopped me from having it and relishing it. LOL.


  1. Cooked white rice: 3 Cups
  2. Onion: 1 Medium (cut in juliennes or thinly sliced) 
  3. Green peas: 1/2 Cup
  4. Beetroot: 1 Small (semi-boiled) 
  5. Green pepper: 1 Medium (cut in juliennes or thinly sliced) 
  6. Tomato: 1 Medium (finely chopped) 
  7. Bay leaf: 1 Large
  8. Cinnamon stick: 1 Medium
  9. Peppercorns: 5-6
  10. Clove: 2-3
  11. Star-anise flower: 1
  12. Cumin seeds: 1 Tbsp.
  13. Cumin-coriander powder: 1Tbsp
  14. Ginger- Garlic paste: 1 Tbsp.
  15. Pav-Bhaji Masala: 2-3 Tbsp. (according to your spice buds)
  16. Butter: ½ Stick
  17. Coriander/ Cilantro leaves: ½ Cup (finely chopped)
  18. Salt: To taste


  1. Take a large pan or wok and put 1/4 stick of butter to it.
  2. Add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, clove and star anise to it. Sauté nicely till the beautiful aroma of this whole Garam masala fills your kitchen. Put cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  3. Now add onion and fry it till crispy golden brown. Do not over fry it to black color.
  4. While the onion is getting translucent, take a small microwave safe bowl. Peel the beetroot and make cubes of it. Add 4-5 Tbsp. water to it and microwave on high for 4 min. take it out after 2min and stir a little. If you feel beet is sticking to the bowl, add one more tablespoon of water to it and continue in the microwave. Take it out and keep it aside.
  5. Once the onion is done, add tomatoes and little salt. Let it cook till tomatoes are mixed nicely and cooked perfectly.
  6. Start adding other vegetables to it starting with green peas, green peppers and beetroot. Saute them well.
  7. Now add ginger-garlic paste. Stir well.
  8. Add remaining spices like cumin-coriander powder, pav-bhaji masala and more salt. I use “Everest” pav-bhaji masala. Stir it well. Put ½ cup of water and put a lid on it. Let it cook till all the vegetables and spices are incorporated well in each other.
  9. Once the veggies are cooked, add some cilantro to it and stir well.
  10. Now add rice (cooked) carefully and slowly to this mixture. Stir it well. Do not stir it vigorously otherwise the rice grains will break and the pulav will lose its beautiful look.
  11. Add remaining butter and put the lid on again. Taste the rice and if the salt is less, it is the perfect time to add it. Stir it well.
  12. Take the lid off. Take the rice out in a serving bowl and garnish it with the remaining coriander leaves. You may want to take out the whole garam masala or you may garnish the dish with same whole garam masala.
Presenting to you a very healthy yet yummilicious street food. If you like this recipe, give a thumps up and please share it with others. Don’t forget to enjoy this yummy and popular street food of India. Happy Cooking!!!! 

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