Tava pullav ( An Indian rice dish prepared on a cast iron flat top pan)


Tava pullav is an Indian rice dish which is prepared on a flat top cast iron top pan. The cast iron pan holds its importance in Indian culture and cuisine. The rice dish is full of spices as India is a land of spices. The cast iron pan provides extra flavour and nutrition to the dish. This is a perfect way to use up your leftover boiled rice. The flavours in this dish are amazing and a balance of spicy, tangy, sweet and sour.

– A large bowl of boiled rice
– 2 large chopped onions
– 2 large chopped tomatoes
– 2 tsp cooking oil
– 1 tsp mustard seeds
– 2 green chillies finely chopped
– 4-5 curry leaves
– 4-5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
– a small ginger stem cut in juliennes
– 1 small carrot thinly sliced
– 1/2 cup boiled peas
– 1 large boiled potato
– salt
– 1 tsp turmeric powder
– 1 tsp red chilli powder
– 2 tsp coriander powder
– 2 tsp pav bhaji masala
– 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
– juice of half a lime


– peal the boiled potato and cut it in cubes. Now just shallow fry the potato to make them slightly crisp.
– Heat up a cast iron flat top pan ( tava) on medium flame. When the pan is hot throw in the mustard seeds.
– Once the mustard seeds start spluttering add the curry leaves, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes.
– After 2 minutes add in the finely chopped green chillies and onions. Sauté till the onions turn translucent.
– Once the onions are translucent add in the sliced carrot. Let the carrots cook till they soften.
– Once the carrots start softening add in the boiled peas and finely chopped tomatoes.
– Sauté till the tomatoes loose most of their water.


– Once the tomatoes are cooked mix in the dry spices- salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and paav bhaji masala. Also add in 2 tbsp water as the water makes it easier for us to mix all the spices with the vegetables.
– sauté for 2 minutes on low flame.
– After 2 minutes add in the shallow fried potatoes and the boiled rice.
– Using 2 forks gently  mix all the spiced vegetables with the rice till they are combined.
– squeeze in juice of half a lime
– top it up with some cilantro and give the rice a final mix.
– Serve hot.

This rice preparation tastes fabulous with plain yogurt or Raita.


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