Shital's-Kitchen: April 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mumbai Tawa Pulav

Mumbai Tava Pulav remind me of rustic street food in Mumbai (India). A meal that contains rice and veggies with powdered spices. Tava, means griddle. This recipe is prepared on hot griddle. It is a quick recipe that can create impression on your guest. This hot Mumbai specialty can be enjoyed during rainy season.

The picture above was taken on a Windows phone using Dual Cam Photo App that was made by my husband!! So glad I was able to put myself in the picture in just 1 click :) It is a fun app and I have used it a lot! 

Chop onions, garlic and bell pepper.

Add 2 tbsp. of butter on hot tava (griddle)

 Fry 1 tsp of jeera (cumin seeds)

Fry chopped onions, garlic and bell pepper.

Add cauliflower florets in the center of the griddle.

Cover cauliflower florets with onions and allow it to cook for 2-3 mins.

Add 2 copped tomatoes in the center of the griddle.

Add 1/2 cup green peas.

Add 1/4 cup water and cook well.

Add a pinch of salt, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 2-3 tbsp. of badshah Pavbhaji Masala, freshly squeezes lemon juice, salt to taste.

Mix the veggies well with the masala.

Add 3 cups of cooked basmati rice to cooked veggies.

Mix rice and veggies while on the griddle. Use a stainless steel plate and a spatula to help you mix the ingredients.

Mix well.

Masala incorporated with rice and veggies.

Well mixed rice! Sprinkle 1/4 cup water and cook on the griddle.

Pack rice in a bowl. Invert the bowl over a serving plate and serve with a dollop of Amul butter and freshly chopped cilantro. 

Enjoy Mumbai Tava Pulav with a dollop of 
Amul Butter!!

Quinoa Pulav

Quinoa is considered mother of all grains. Here is a wonderful Quinoa and vegetable recipe which is nutritious and delicious.

I cup quinoa
1 cup chopped veggies (carrots, beans, peas, beet root)
1 sliced onion
whole spices (3-4 pepper corns, cinnamon stick, 3-4 cloves, bay leaf)
2 tbsp cashewnuts.
1 tsp ghee or butter.
Salt to taste
2 cups water.

1. Heat ghee or butter in a pan. Add whole spices and fry for a min. Add cashew nuts and fry till they turn golden brown.

2. Fry onions till they turn golden brown. Add veggies (except beet root) and fry for 2 mins.


3. Add washed Quinoa to the veggies and fry for 2-3 mins.

4. Add 2 cups water to the pan. Add salt.

5. Stir well and cover the pan. Cook quinoa for 10 mins.

6. Add beet root. cover the pan and cook for 5 mins.

7. Fluff cooked quinoa and veggies. Do not mix vigorously.

8. Serve hot wholesome meal, and enjoy :)