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.
INGREDIENTS:- – 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
METHOD:- – 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.