Veg Kadhai Pulao

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This delicious recipe is inspired by tawa pulao, a very popular street food from Mumbai.
Serves 4

400g basmati rice
2-3 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tbsp salted butter
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 brown onions, finely chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 carrot grated
1 tsp salt
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp chilli powder
3 tsp pav bhaji masala
coriander leaves, chopped
plain yoghurt to serve (optional)


– Cook the rice in boiling water until soft.

– Heat a pan until hot and add the sunflower oil and the salted butter, heat until the butter is melted.

– Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds and cook for a minute until they sizzle.

– Add the chopped onions and cook until lightly golden, then add the grated garlic and cook for 1 minute before adding the tomatoes and cooking for 1 more minute.

– Add the chopped peppers and grated carrot and cook on a low to medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until everything has softened nicely.

– Drain the rice when it is almost done.

– Add the salt and spices to the vegetables, and then mash all the cooked ingredients using a potato masher.

– Add the cooked rice to the vegetable mixture, increase the heat and give it a good mix, stirring in the chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with plain yoghurt.

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