Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tawa Pilaf- Chaat Style

I have been watching the Sanjeev Kapoor cooking shows on n' off for a while now. If you have seen his shows, you must have noticed how quick they are n' he makes it look like its hardly any work. I have never been good at keeping everything ready n then cooking, i go with the flow n' run all around n' pick things from here n' there. That could be one reason why i have never been able to manage step by step photos on this blog, maybe i will save some time too but i'm not too sure if n' when i will do all that...

So anyways i came across this recipe on his show for tawa pilaf, i have always wanted to try it n' decided to watch the whole show and decided to try it too. But once i finished making it and tasted it, i felt like it was more like a 'Tawa Pilaf-Chaat' than the authentic pilaf (i'm sure there will be an authentic Vegetable Pilaf recipe of Sanjeev Kapoor's somewhere, i plan to i find it n' give it a try)...go through the ingredients list and you will know why i wanted to call it a's really really easy to make, especially so if you have some left over plain rice and want to try something different. So here you go...

* i made enough only for one person, and i'm mentioning the quantity used according to that. (you see i'm still on my "cooking for one" week)


1. Cooked Rice: 1cup
2. Oil: 1/2 to 3/4th tsp
3. Cardamom: 1no
4. Jeera: 1/2tsp
5. Onion: 1no (chopped)
6. Ginger Garlic Paste: 1tsp
7. Tomato: 1no (chopped)
8. Capsicum: 1/2 piece (chopped)
9. Green Peas: 2tbsp
10.Carrot: 1 small (cut it into small cubes)
11.Beans: 4-5nos (thin slices)
12.Pav Bhaji Masala: 1tsp
13.Red Chili Paste: 1/2tsp (i used paprika powder instead)
14.Lemon Juice: 2-3 drops (add only just before serving)
15.Salt: as per taste
16.Coriander Leaves: 2tsp (chopped)

* though the original recipe didn't ask for it, i added one chopped green chili too


Step 1: Heat Oil in a kadai, add the cardamom and jeera. After 20seconds, add the chopped onion
and ginger garlic paste n' fry it until lightly brown.

Step 2: Add the chopped tomatoes and the other vegetables that you are using. Add a little water and cook for 5mins.

Step 3: Add the pav bhaji masala, chili paste and salt. Allow the masala to cook and you will see oil separating.

Step 4: Add the cooked rice and mix well. Let it cook for a while.

Step 5: Add the chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle the lemon juice. Mix it well and it's ready.

Serve it hot with some masala papad and raita.

p.s. i had called the recipe vegetable biryani by mistake.....they broadcasted the show again i realised the recipe here is Tawa Pilaf by Sanjeev Kapoor n' not Vegetable Biryani. I'm really sorry about the error.


  1. What to say dear..The presentation is so nice that I am wishing from the core of my heart to taste it right now...A bite on that papad along with the biriyani....a feelingg yaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyy......U know once I was a die heart fan of sanjeev kapoor...when I heard he is married my heart just broken...:((.....

  2. Thanks for dropping by my blog and helping me discover yours. lovely biryani recipe!

  3. Dear,
    This is simply awesome. Love the stuffed Papad.Crazy about that beautiful thornless red rose too. I made a couple of those roses for a chicken recipe and I butchered it so bad that I am shy to post that recipe. Urs look splendid!

  4. Wow... very interesting recipe.. looks soo delicious and tempting.. nice presentation dear!!

  5. @ Kamalika....thank you....u know wat...Sanjeev Kapoor must be saying the same thing about you n' being sad that his diehard fan like you are married...;)

  6. Hey Divya n' Cool Lassie...thank u for the lassie..this is the first time it came out this well for me also...;)

  7. Biriyani with those papads .I am sure it will taste divine.

  8. Awesome, Miri..Never heard of something like this before..And you got a perfect tomato rose too :-)

  9. Wow, wat a tempting drooling here..

  10. Oh My !! that looks soooo yummy..1st time here on your lovely space....You have so many mouthwatering recipes.

  11. tempting biryani and such a lovely presentation!

  12. This is a new style to me! In chat style, it must be quite chat-pata! :) Loved that tomato rose too... very very cute :)

  13. yummy vegetable biryani..looks so tempting and like the way u presented it..biryani with papad and raitha..nice combination na..what u said is right sanjeevkappor show is really nice watching his presentation style is really good. .

  14. Awesome presentation, looks so delicious...

  15. Just came through ur blog...Wow...This one looks simply awesome..


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