Which Type of Tawa Makes Better Dosas?
Dosas are one of the most popular breakfast foods in India. A crispy, paper thin dosa is sometimes all you need for a perfect start to the day. But making crispy dosas is much harder than you think. The batter consistency, the batter amount, the batter spread and heat must be in the right ratio in order to get dosas that are not burnt or soggy. One other aspect that matters a lot towards making crispy dosas is the tawa. This begs the question, what type of tawa is best for making crispy dosas? That can only be answered by you as it varies from person to person. BP Guide will help you answer that question via this article. It discusses the 2 types of tawas available and gives you a curated list of dosa tawas. Go through this article then choose the tawa that best suits your needs and culinary abilities.
The Types of Dosa Tawas
There are 2 types of tawas and they are as follows:
Non-stick tawas are regular tawas that have a non-stick coating on the cooking surface. One of the most common questions regarding non-stick cookware is, “Are they safe?”. The answer to this in the present context is a resounding “yes”. But it was not always so. The non-stick coating on cookware is actually a substance known as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon. Earlier, cookware manufacturers used perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the making of non-stick coatings. This acid was found to be harmful for humans and the environment and hence was removed from the manufacturing process of PTFE. Nowadays, non-stick cookware does not contain PFOA and is 100% safe to use.
Non-stick tawas and other cookware are ubiquitous and might give you the impression that non-stick is the norm. But alternatives to non-stick cookware exist. Non-stick coating is a modern invention and traditional cookware doesn’t have them. A large majority of non-stick cookware is made from aluminium. Some are made from stainless steel. The non-stick alternatives of cookware are made from a variety of materials. They are made from cast iron, ceramic, stainless steel, aluminium and stone.
The Pros and Cons of the Different Dosa Tawa Types
The pros and cons of each type of dosa tawa are:
- Food doesn’t stick to the cooking surface and hence it is ideal for new cooks who haven’t yet mastered the oil-ingredients-temperature ratio yet.
- Food doesn’t burn on non-stick cookware.
- They are easier to clean.
- The non-stick coating starts to peel off after a few years.
- The non-stick coating can get scratched with a metal spoon or rough scrubbing while cleaning.
- You cannot use non-stick cookware in ovens and tandoors.
- These cookware are oven and tandoor friendly.
- They are non-reactive, meaning you can cook any ingredients on them.
- They are durable and hence are good investments.
- New cooks will find it difficult to handle them. Oil, temperature and ingredient size must be of the right measurement. Otherwise the food will not turn out well.
- They are expensive.
- Cleaning them is a labour-intensive task.
30 Best Dosa Tawas in India: A Curated List for Your Convenience
This list contains 30 dosa tawas - 15 of them are non-stick and the other 15 are non-stick alternatives. Go through them and choose the one that best suits your needs.
Non-Stick Dosa Tawas
1. Sumeet Tawa with Granite Finish
This tawa has a diameter of 30.5 cm and a thickness of 0.4 cm. The cooking surface is plated in granite which not only makes the surface non-stick but also increases the durability of the product. Some of the other features of this tawa are - even heat distribution across the cooking surface, less consumption of oil and gas, easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Two handles are bolted on either side of the tawa making it convenient to move it around. This peach coloured tawa is available on Sumeet for ₹ 1,690.00.
2. Borosil Vajra Non-Stick Flat Tawa with Handle
This tawa is made of die-cast aluminum with a non-stick finish on the cooking surface. The aluminum imparts durability to the tawa and prevents it from deforming easily. There are 5 layers of non-stick coating on the surface and they are scratch-resistant so you can use a metal spatula without worries. The dimensions of the tawa are 110 mm x 5 mm (diameter x width). The 5 mm width allows for faster heating which saves fuel. Heat is evenly distributed across the surface. The tawa has a wooden handle that does not get hot while cooking and ensures a firm grip throughout. Get this tawa from Borosil for ₹ 1,995.00.
3. Wonderchef Ultra Non-Stick Dosa Tawa
This ultra non-stick dosa tawa is ideal for those of you who are new to cooking. The 5-layer Meta-Tuff non-stick coating ensures that not even a morsel gets stuck after the food is kept on the hot tawa for longer than necessary. The ultra non-stick feature also allows you to use less cooking oil, thus making your cooking both healthy and economic. The tawa is made from high grade virgin aluminum which makes the product durable and enables even heat distribution across the cooking surface. The diameter of the tawa is 28 cm and the width is 2.7 mm. You can use this tawa on all types of stovetops (gas, electric and glass). It has a long handle bolted on one side that enables proper handling of the tawa while cooking. Get this tawa from Wonderchef for ₹ 1,200.00.
4. Wonderchef Electric Tawa
This electric tawa is a convenient cooking utensil ideal for students/young professionals living in paying guests or hostels. The diameter of the cooking surface is 30 cm and it is coated with 5-layer Meta-Tuff coating. Heat is evenly distributed across the cooking surface. The electric tawa comes with a thermostat and a regulator for controlling temperature. You will also get a T-shaped batter spreader and a wooden spatula with it. The batter spreader is the best tool to make round and uniformly thick dosas. The tawa is easy to clean. You can buy this electric tawa from Wonderchef for ₹ 3,400.00.
5. Wonderchef Granite Dosa Tawa with Induction
This dosa tawa has been made from high grade virgin aluminium. This type of aluminium has 9 times better heat conductivity. Your dosas will be cooked much faster, and you will save energy and time. The cooking surface is coated with 5-layer Meta-Tuff non-stick coating. The surface is abrasion resistant and easy to clean. The rim and base of the pan has a thickness of 3.5 mm. The handle attached to one side of the tawa has an ergonomic design that gives you a firm grip even when your hands are wet. The tawa is compatible with all cooktops. You can buy this product from Wonderchef for ₹ 2,100.00.
6. Wonderchef Stanton Stainless Steel Dosa Tawa
This stainless steel tawa (diameter - 30 cm, thickness - 2.5 mm) is ideal for both chefs and home cooks. It is made of tri-ply stainless steel; the bottom layer is made of 304 grade stainless steel, the middle layer is made of aluminium and the top most layer is made of 430 grade stainless steel. The cooking surface is coated with a non-stick layer and another layer of stainless steel in honeycomb pattern is placed on top of it to protect the non-stick coating. Stainless steel enables even heat distribution and does not react with acidic food. Besides being an ideal cookware, the tawa is durable as 304 grade stainless steel does not rust and is non-porous. This tawa will last for years. The cooking surface is metal spatula resistant so you don't have to worry about scratches. The riveted handle on one side makes it easier to maneuver while cooking. The surface is easy to clean. Get this tawa from Wonderchef for ₹ 4,200.00.
7. Prestige Omega Deluxe Granite Induction Base Tawa
This dosa tawa has a diameter of 280 mm. The cooking surface has 5 layers of non-stick coating, and has a granite finish. The tawa is characterised by even heat distribution and durability. The 2 layer metallic finish of the exterior ensures that the product remains intact for a long time. The tawa is both gas and induction compatible. Its sturdy handle on one side enables you to maneuver the cookware properly while cooking. This tawa is available on Amazon for ₹ 1,000.00.
8. Hawkins Futura Tawa with Riveted Handle
This dosa tawa has a slightly concave cooking surface. Its diameter is 33 cm and the width is 4.88 mm. It has a heavy base which not only heats quickly but also retains heat. The cooking surface is hard anodised with a non-stick layer on top of it. The tawa is made from aluminium and stainless steel, which makes it durable and resistant to damage. It has an elevated handle riveted to one side. The handle is covered in plastic to ensure that your hand doesn’t burn while cooking. You can buy this tawa for ₹ 1,740.00 on Amazon.
9. Nirlon Galaxy Pure Grade Virgin Aluminium Tawa
This dosa tawa is green in colour which is a change from the usual black colour of cookware. This characteristic imparts style and uniqueness to it. The tawa is made from pure grade virgin aluminium with a non-stick coating on the cooking surface. The non-stick coating is of high quality and the food slides about smoothly making cooking easier. The diameter of the cooking surface is 26 cm. The plastic covered handle on one side allows you to maneuver the tawa properly, and it also prevents your hands from burning while cooking. This tawa is available on Amazon for ₹ 2,015.00. It is compatible with both gas and induction cooktops.
10. Vinod Zest Ceramic Tawa
This tawa is made of pure grade aluminium that promotes even heat distribution and prevents food from burning. The cooking area has a diameter of 32.5 cm and a thickness of 4 mm. The cooking surface has a 3-layer non-stick coating. The coating is metal spoon friendly and scratch-proof. The riveted handle on one side is durable and heat resistant. You can use this tawa on induction cooktops and gas stoves. Get it on Amazon for ₹ 1,465.00.
11. Nirlon Aluminium Gas-Compatible Tawa with 2 Handles
This round, 2-handle tawa has a diameter of 28.5 cm. It is made from virgin aluminium which not only promotes even heat distribution across the cooking surface but also helps maintain high temperatures across the surface. The cooking surface has a 3-layer non-stick coating that prevents stickiness and consequent mess. Your dosas will not stick or tear. The tawa is compatible with stove tops. It is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. Get this tawa from Amazon for ₹ 1,695.00.
12. Milton Pro Cook Granito Concave Tawa
This concave tawa has a diameter of 28 cm. It is made from 100% virgin aluminium which maintains high temperatures and gives effective heat distribution. The cooking surface has a 4-layer non-stick coating that prevents food from sticking and making a mess. It has a soft touch Bakelite handle that doesn’t burn your hands while cooking, and is durable. The tawa is dishwasher safe. You can get it on Amazon for ₹ 1,290.00.
13. Cello Non-Stick Dosa Tawa with Detachable Handle
The cooking surface of this tawa is 250 mm. It is made from high gauge aluminium which provides higher cooking efficiency. The non-stick coating on the cooking surface prevents food from sticking and hence is ideal for cooking dishes with less oil. The tawa has a Bakelite handle that provides a firm grip and remains cool while cooking. It is compatible with gas stovetops and induction cooktops. The tawa is quite stylish oweing to its unique turquoise colour. It will be an attractive cookware in your kitchen. This tawa is easy to clean. Some things that you must avoid regarding this tawa are - i) using a metal spoon when cooking, ii) scrubing it with steel wool, iii) storing food in it and iv) using high heat and acidic ingredients. This tawa is available on Amazon for ₹ 1,119.00.
14. Amazon Brand Solimo Tawa with Hammertone Finish
The cooking surface of this tawa has a diameter of 29 cm and a thickness of 2.9 mm. Its surface is coated with a 3-layer non-stick coating and has a hammertone finish. The tawa is made from 100% virgin aluminium that provides even heat distribution across the cooking surface and helps maintain high cooking temperatures. The Bakelite handle is 13 cm long and is double riveted. It provides a firm grip and remains cool when cooking. The tawa has a metallic, sleek finish and looks attractive. Get this tawa from Amazon for ₹ 960.00.
15. Panberry Aluminium Tawa with Free Spatula
This tawa has a bright red base colour. It is made from pure grade virgin aluminium that provides uniform heat distribution across the cooking surface. The surface has a non-stick coating that prevents food from sticking to the surface even when you use very little oil while cooking. The diameter of the cooking surface is 27.5 cm and the thickness is 2.6 mm. A sturdy handle is riveted on one side that helps you to maneuver the tawa while cooking. The handle has an ergonomic design for a firm grip and remains cool when cooking. The tawa is gas stove compatible. You can get this tawa on Amazon for ₹ 501.00.
Alternative Type Dosa Tawas
16. Wonderchef Forza Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Tawa
This cast iron tawa has a cooking surface that is pre-seasoned with vegetable oil. It is naturally non-stick and features uniform heat transfer and retention. The diameter of the surface is 27 cm and the thickness is 4 mm. The cast iron enriches your food with iron and adds a distinct flavour to your dishes. The tawa is compatible with any cooktop ranging from the traditional gas stoves to open campfires. This cast iron tawa is highly durable and will last a lifetime. Get this tawa from Wonderchef for ₹ 2,500.00.
17. Wonderchef Forza Cast Iron Tawa with 2 Handles
This cast iron tawa has two handles. It is a large cookware - the cooking surface has a diameter of 30 cm. The surface is pre-seasoned with vegetable oil. It is naturally non-stick. Food cooked on it gets a distinct flavour and also gets enriched with iron. The cooking surface has even heating and heat retention properties. Your dosas will not only be healthy but also crispy and delicious. The tawa is a durable cookware that will last for years. It is available on Wonderchef for ₹ 3,000.00.
18. Prestige Splendour Stainless Steel Tawa
This tawa is made of tri-ply, a material which has 3 layers of metal. The top most layer or the cooking surface is made from 304 grade stainless steel. The middle layer is made from thick gauge aluminium. It promotes uniform heating across the cooking surface for effective cooking. The bottom layer is made from a type of stainless steel that is compatible with induction cooktops. It enables this cookware to be used on both gas stovetops and induction cooktops. The diameter of the cooking surface is 28 cm. A perma cool handle is riveted to it that doesn’t burn your hands when cooking. It is a durable cookware that will last for many years. This tawa is available on Rasoi Shop for ₹ 1,630.00.
19. Vinod Platinum Tri-Ply Tawa
The diameter of the cooking surface of this tawa is 28 cm. It is a highly effective cookware that will allow you to make crispy dosas with little effort. It is made with SAS technology. SAS stands for Steel-Aluminium-Steel. The cooking surface is made of 3 layers of these metals laid out in the same order as the acronym. The topmost layer or the cooking surface is made of top grade stainless steel. The middle layer is made of high quality aluminium which promotes uniform heat distribution across the cooking surface. The bottom layer is made of stainless steel that is compatible with induction cooktops. The handle riveted to the side remains cool during cooking. This is a durable tawa available on Vinod Cookware for ₹ 3,120.00.
20. Sumeet Pre-Seasoned Rectangular Cast Iron Tawa
This tawa from Sumeet is rectangular in shape and its dimensions are 32.5 cm x 27.5 cm (L x B). The thickness of the cooking surface is 0.25 cm. It is thick enough to retain heat for a long time and impart durability to the cookware. The tawa is made of cast iron. It has two Bakelite handles for easy maneuvering. It promotes even and fast heat distribution across the cooking surface. The cast iron enriches your food with iron. The tawa works on both induction cooktops and gas stovetops. You can buy this tawa on Sumeet for ₹ 1,650.00.
21. Sumeet Pre-Seasoned Iron Dosa Tawa
This circular shaped tawa is made of iron. The cooking surface is pre-seasoned and has a diameter of 11 inches. The surface is smooth which assists in effective cooking. The tawa promotes even and fast heat distribution and enriches your food with iron. The two Bakelite handles enable you to maneuver the tawa properly without burning your hands. This tawa is available on Sumeet for ₹ 1,240.00.
22. Cookveda Super Smooth Concave Cast Iron Tawa
This cast iron tawa has dual handles for easy maneuvering. The cooking surface is concave in shape that enables the tawa to heat quickly. It is also convenient for cooking. The cooking surface is smooth and has a diameter of 280 mm. You can get this tawa for ₹ 1,850.00 on Amazon.
23. Elite Traditional Pure Iron Dosa Tawa
This pure iron tawa is a must have in your kitchen. It is a durable piece of cookware. It has a handle on one side. The cooking surface is smooth, and cooking is easier on it. You can spread the dosa batter easily on it. The even heat distribution across the cooking surface will give you crispy and delicious dosas. This tawa is available on Amazon for ₹ 1,599.00.
24. Nirlon Traditional Tri-Ply Tawa
This tawa is made of tri-ply steel of the highest quality. Tri-ply steel contains 3 layers of metals which allow better heat distribution across the cooking surface and hence better cooking. The top layer or the cooking surface is made of SS 304 grade stainless steel. This is a food grade stainless steel that does not rust and requires minimal oil for cooking. The middle layer is made of aluminium which facilitates even heat distribution and faster cooking. The bottom layer is made of SS 430 grade stainless steel which makes this tawa compatible for induction cooktops besides traditional gas stove cooktops. The diameter of the cooking surface is 27 cm and the surface has a smooth texture. One drawback of this tawa is that it has no handles which makes cooking with it inconvenient. Get this tawa for ₹ 888.00 on Amazon.
25. The Indus Valley Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Tawa with Long Handle
The cooking surface of this cast iron tawa has a diameter of 26.2 cm. It has one handle of 14.5 cm length that allows easy maneuvering of the cookware during cooking. The tawa is made of pure cast iron that enriches your food with iron. The cooking surface is pre-seasoned with vegetable oil and rendered smooth with a machine press. The tawa needs less oil and adds a distinct flavour to the food. You can use this tawa over a gas stove, induction cooktop, OTG and even an open campfire. The cooking surface heats evenly which facilitates faster cooking. The surface also retains heat for a long time. The tawa will not bend or break due to high heat. It is available on Amazon for ₹ 2,500.00.
26. Subaa Polished Indolium Tawa
This indolium tawa has a polished cooking surface. The diameter of the surface is 12 inches. It has a concave shape and a handle on one side. This cookware is dishwasher safe, and compatible with gas stovetops. You can make crispy dosas using this tawa. You can get it on Amazon for ₹ 598.00.
27. Jayam Traditional Indolium Tawa with Flipper
This traditional dosa tawa is made of aluminium and has an indolium coating. The diameter of the cooking surface is 25 cm. There is a handle on one side of the tawa that facilitates maneuvering when cooking. The tawa is compatible with gas stovetops. The only drawback of this tawa is that it is small in size. It is available on Amazon for ₹ 800.00.
28. Healthy Buddha Soapstone Dosa Tawa
This cookware is unlike any other you would have seen. The tawa is made from soapstone, a naturally occurring soft stone. Soapstone has been in use in India for thousands of years and was majorly used in construction and for making vessels. This tawa has been handcrafted from this material. It is an ideal cookware as it is known to retain heat longer, heats evenly, cooks food faster and uses minimal energy resources. The tawa is calcium rich and retains most of the nutrients of the food cooked on it. You can use this 10 inch diameter tawa on gas stoves. There are two drawbacks of this cookware. Number one is that it has no handles which makes maneuvering it quite difficult. Number two, the cooking surface is not quite smooth and has slight bumps owing to the fact that this tawa was handmade. Get this pre-seasoned tawa for ₹ 699.00 on Healthy Buddha.
29. Dynamic Cookwares Double Handled Cast Iron Tawa
This cast iron tawa is made from graded iron which is a premium material. The cooking surface has an even matte finish and is naturally non-stick. The tawa has been pre-seasoned with organic cooking oil, and it adds iron to the food being cooked on it. The cooking surface has a diameter of 28 cm. There are two handles on either side of the tawa for a comfortable grip. This cookware is so durable that it can literally last generations. Get this tawa on Amazon for ₹ 2,899.00.
30. Meyer Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Tawa
This pre-seasoned cast iron tawa has a concave cooking surface. Its diameter is 26 cm. Its properties are fast and even heating, heat retention, and compatibility with all cooktops. It has an elevated handle on one side for a comfortable grip. This tawa is available on Amazon for ₹ 2,975.00.
Identify Your Requirements Clearly Before Buying a Dosa Tawa
Once you have decided to buy a dosa tawa it is important for you to first identify your requirements before you head for the offline or online cookware store. Factors like your budget, after-sales support, customer feedback and reviews, etc. are important for you to consider before making the purchase. We hope this BP Guide would have helped you get a good understanding about everything you need to know about a dosa tawa. Share your experiences of buying a new dosa tawa with us and stay connected for more such engaging content.