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Indian Tawa recipes


Last Updated : Mar 02,2020



तवा रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Indian Tawa recipes in Hindi)
તવા રેસિપિસ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Indian Tawa recipes in Gujarati)

700 Indian Tawa Recipes | Tawa Vegetarian Recipes

Indian Tawa Recipes. When an Indian girl gets married, she is given a few cooking utensils as part of her wedding gift repertoire, so that she has all the basic stuff needed to set up a household. The idea is to make her self-sufficient initially, till she is familiar with her husband and new family and comfortable enough to discuss purchases with them. 

Tava Paneer, Mushroom and Green Pea Subzi

Tava Paneer, Mushroom and Green Pea Subzi

Irrespective of how simple or elaborate the quintessential “dowry” is, the mom definitely gives her daughter a few topes and lids, a kadhaiand of course, a tawa! Whether you are a South Indian or a North Indian, the tawa is truly a kitchen essential. It is indispensable in the preparation of several Indian snacks. 

From Kerala Parota to the ever popular Dosa, from Besan Chila to Aloo Paratha, most Indian snacks require a hand from the able tawa!

Aloo Paratha, Punjabi Aloo Paratha Recipe

Aloo Paratha, Punjabi Aloo Paratha Recipe

South Indian Recipes using the Tawa

The tawa is a must-have in the South Indian kitchen. Be it the regular Dosa made of rice and urad, or the multi-daldelight Adai, be it the Kerala Parota or the Kannada Neer Dosa, the tawais a basic requirement. Variants of dosa are made almost every other day in South Indian households, and it is impossible to cook without a tawa. 

Neer Dosa ( Idlis and Dosas)

Neer Dosa ( Idlis and Dosas)

Although people often use non-stick tawas to make dosas because of the convenience, traditional South Indians prefer to use an iron tawa as it gives their snacks a unique aroma and special crispness. 

Bonus tip – Seasoning and caring for your iron tawa

  1. When you buy a new iron tawa, wash it several times with a mild soap and sponge scrubber to remove the machine oil often used to prevent rusting at shops.
  2. Once you are sure the tawais clean, soak it for a day in rice konji. Basically, retain the water used to wash rice and boil it. You will get a viscous liquid known as rice konji. Place your tawa on a large plate and immerse it in konji. Let it stay for a day.
  3. Now wash the tawa once more, coat it with oil and heat till it smokes. Switch off the stove. After a while, heat it again till it smokes. Repeat it a couple of times till all the oil dries up.
  4. Slice an onion into small pieces. Add a little oil, the sliced onion and salt to the tava, and sauté till the onion turns dark brown or black. Discard the onions. 
  5.  Your tawa is now ready to use. Initially use a little extra oil while cooking. After a week or so, your tawa will become as good as non-stick, and you can cook with just a coat of oil.
  6. After every wash, apply a little oil on the tawa before putting it back in the rack. This will prevent rusting.
  7. Always heat your tawa on a medium flame till it smokes, then reduce the flame and cook. 

Adai, Protein Rich Adai RecipeAdai, Protein Rich Adai Recipe

Tawa Rotis and Parathas from North India

The tawa is equally, if not more important in North Indian cooking, where every meal consists of one or more Indian breads ranging from the simple phulka and roti, to more elaborate parathas. 

Rotis and parathas made using wheat or other grain flours like nachni, jowar etc. are consumed on most days. Chawal ki Roti, Kashmiri Roti, Saatdhan Paratha, Rajgira Paratha, the list is endless. Additionally, the roti dough is also sometimes fortified with ingredients like veggies or sprouts, such as in the Jowar Mooli ki Roti and Bajra Aloo ki Roti. Similarly, parathas are also stuffed with exciting mixtures to boost the taste and health aspects, such as in the Dal ke Parathe and Paneer Masoor ke Parathe

Saatdhan ParathaSaatdhan Paratha

You can also make very interesting mini pancakes and parathas loaded with veggies and cheese for your kids to enjoy after school! They will love the Banana Walnut Pancake, which is a tawa version of the popular Banana Walnut loaf. 

Not only that, the tawa is also used to make other delectable North Indian foods like chilas and pankis. Try the Corn and Coriander Panki.

Corn and Coriander PankiCorn and Coriander Panki

Tawa Vegetables and Tawa Rice too 

The tawa, especially the traditional iron one, imparts a very interesting taste and aroma to dishes. Chefs often capitalize on this to give rice and vegetable preparations an interesting twist. The tawa is heated till it smokes and then the foodstuff is cooked in it with a little oil.

The flat round shape of the tawa also gives the chef an opportunity to arrange and cook foods based on the heat requirement, since the centre gets more heat than the sides. Tawa Vegetables and Tawa Rice have a nice mouth-feel and smoky aroma that set them apart from regular preparations. 

Tava Pulao, Tawa Pulao Recipe

Tava Pulao, Tawa Pulao Recipe

Tawa Snacks

The tawa also offers a healthy alternative to cooking snacks. Rather than deep-frying, you can shallow-fry cutlets and kebabs on the tawa using minimal oil. After it gets evenly cooked on one side, just flip it over to cook on the other side. Once done, you will not know the difference between this and a deep-fried snack! 

The versatile tawa is also an excellent substitute for the tandoor. Although cooking in a tandoor is unique and gives an authentic taste to tandoori dishes, not everyone has a tandoor at home. So, as an alternative you can use the tawa to cook starters like tikkis

Have a go at yummy snacks and starters such as the Chana Dal and Cabbage Tikki and Hara Kebab made using the tawa! 

Chana Dal and Cabbage TikkiChana Dal and Cabbage Tikki

Let’s not forget that the tawa or griddle is an indispensable tool in most homes in other parts of the world too. It is used to make a range of international foods ranging from satays to pancakes.

And we being the resourceful Indians use it to cook everything under the sky, including toasts! Try the Toast with Spinach and Tomato Spread

Moong Dal Toast, Pan- Fried Moong Dal ToastMoong Dal Toast, Pan- Fried Moong Dal Toast

No wonder, we have a 650+ and growing list of tawa-based recipes on our website… 

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Radish Spinach Paratha
Recipe# 234
30 Jul 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The radish spinach paratha is different in every way. Spinach is used in the dough, while the radish is made into a flavourful stuffing. Instead of making routine stuffed parathas, here the radish mix is spread on a semi-cooked roti, which is then folded in half and cooked on a tava to make a cresce ....
Rajgira Paneer Paratha (  Faraal Recipe)
Recipe# 32558
28 Jul 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
A sumptuous recipe that is sure to satiate you even on a fasting day! Here, wholesome rajgira parathas are stuffed with a succulent mixture of grated paneer perked up with green chillies, lemon juice and coriander. What makes this Rajgira Paneer Paratha very appealing is that the rotis are made of a ....
Cauliflower and Oats Tikki
Recipe# 39905
Yesterday

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Normally tikkis are made by binding assorted ingredients with mashed potatoes. Here, however, we have used low calorie cauliflower with fibre-rich oats for that purpose! Two unusual ingredients, combined with colourful veggies results in a top ....
Nachni Sesame Khakhra ( Iron and Calcium Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35090
04 Jul 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Our bones lose calcium as we age, and therefore a calcium-rich diet is extremely important to help regain the bone strength. Nachni or ragi is rich in calcium and including it as part of the daily diet helps build strong bones. These crisp nachni khakhras are enjoyable to eat and they also help ‘up’ ....
Jowar Bajra Garlic Roti
Recipe# 38880
24 Jul 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
jowar bajra garlic roti recipe | bajra jowar lehsun roti | healthy jowar bajra garlic roti | with 13 amazing images. Jowar and bajra are two super healthy flours and should be definitely included to diet!! We have ma ....
Nachni and Onion Roti
Recipe# 38882
01 Jul 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Many consider red millet as an ideal food not just for elders but for growing kids too. It has a very balanced set of nutrients, and if prepared well it is very tasty too! the nachni and onion roti is an intelligent way of incorporating ragi in your diet in a way that appeals to all. Flavoured aptly ....
Hara Bhara Soya Tikkis
Recipe# 5280
04 Jul 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
The goodness of soya, garlic and spinach is reinforced in these tikkis. Fibre from soya and spinach along with allicin in garlic inhibit cholesterol synthesis in the body, helping to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. Serve immediately with a fibre rich accompaniment like carrot garlic chutne ....
Brinjal Cutlets
Recipe# 2199
30 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A balanced combination of brinjal with other veggies like potatoes, french beans and carrots is pepped up with mint leaves, onion paste and spice powders, and mixed into a dough for cutlets. Coating the dough with bread crumbs imparts an exciting crispness to the cutlets. What is more, this veggie-l ....
Green Moong Dal and Carrot Mini Pancakes
Recipe# 803
05 Jul 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Mini pancakes are a handy snack, which can be served anytime, whether to kids returning from school or to guests at a party. And, when made with a different batter, such as this one made of moong dal and curds, it becomes a unique and memorable treat. These Green Moong Dal and Carrot Mini Pancake ....
Soya and Green Peas Cutlet
Recipe# 36280
30 Jun 20

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by Tarla Dalal
“Delicious, yum, bring me another!” Those are exactly the words that will be on your lips after you taste a Soya and Green Peas Cutlet. And, well, you can indulge in one more without much guilt as these cutlets are tava-cooked and not deep-fried. A combination of protein-packed and fibre-rich soya g ....
Paneer Tikka Kathi Rolls
Recipe# 3559
11 Jan 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
These rolls are a healthy version of frankies and make a complete meal by themselves. The chapatis have been made with whole wheat flour which is a good source of iron and fibre as compared to the usual plain flour (maida) rotis. The paneer and vegetable filling enriches these rolls with essential ....
Khasta Roti
Recipe# 4389
07 Jul 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This roti, with its traditional texture and flavour, has the power to recreate a haveli ambience right in your dining room! There is something about the Khasta Roti that unfailingly reminds one of grandma’s patient and loving style of cooking, a laid back lifestyle free of stress and worries. We are ....
Rice and Cucumber Pancakes
Recipe# 38998
12 Jul 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
These instant pancakes require no advance preparations. Just whip them up in time for a quick breakfast or tuck them into your child’s tiffin box. Besan and potatoes act as binding agents and ensure the pancakes are of the right texture.
Quick Rice Panki
Recipe# 2879
16 Jul 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Quick Rice Panki steamed in between banana leaves is a favourite Gujarati snack. Urad dal flour helps to bind the panki batter and make very thin pankis. Serve the pankis hot from the tava and let your guests peel off the banana leaves and enjoy the steaming hot pankis with spicy green chutney.
Rajgira Paratha  (  Gluten Free Recipe)
Recipe# 38601
10 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Though not very commonly used, rajgira flour combines beautifully with potatoes in these peppery parathas. The potatoes ensure that the parathas remain soft. Serve these parathas with spicy green chutney and curds.
Cheesy Noodle Potato Cutlet
Recipe# 1863
10 Jun 20

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by Tarla Dalal
Cheesy Noodle Potato Cutlet is a simple and delicious snack. Sweet corn, noodles, potatoes and cheese – these are all ingredients that kids fall for, in any form. It is an ideal party snack, loved by both kids and adults wh ....
Rice And Soya Paratha ( Protein Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35068
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
The wheat and soya chunks ensure that you get the necessary protein and amino acid intake for the day. These parathas are delicious can be made in a jiffy, an ideal way to use up leftover rice too.
Paneer Pita Pockets
Recipe# 32962
11 Jan 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Mooli Jowar ki Roti
Recipe# 4778
25 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Jowar has a rustic and homely flavour, which you will start preferring over even wheat flour once you develop a taste for it. Here, we have reinforced the jowar flour with grated mooli, which gives a splendid flavour and aroma upon cooking. Not only that, the moisture from the mooli keeps the Mooli ....
Bajra, Rice and Sprouts Moong Puda
Recipe# 187
20 May 20

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by Tarla Dalal
Puda may be sweet or savoury, deep-fried or tava-cooked. Here is a mildly-spiced version of puda made of bajra, rice flour and sprouted moong cooked on a tava with minimal oil. The use of curds for binding gives it a pleasant aroma and flavour. This quick and easy bajra, rice and sprouts moong puda ....
Broccoli and Cheese Parathas
Recipe# 40332
12 May 20

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by Tarla Dalal
A fabulous stuffing of vibrant broccoli, peppy coriander and gooey cheese makes this paratha a five-star rated delicacy that is sure to thrill your family and friends. The rustic taste of broccoli goes very well with the mild and nutty taste of cheese, all of which is enhanced beautifully by the add ....
Sada Dosa
Recipe# 1681
11 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Delightfully crisp, golden-coloured pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, Dosas make a more indulgent breakfast compared to easy, steamed idlis! Combined with chutney and sambhar, Dosas are sumptuous and tasty, fit to be had not just for breakfast but for evening tiffin or even dinner. ....
Kerala Parota, Flaky Kerala Paratha
Recipe# 40869
11 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Kerala Parota or Malabar Parota is a unique dish from Malayalam cuisine, which is not to be confused with North Indian parathas. The Kerala Parota is made of a plain flour dough, rolled in a special way using a lot of oil for greasing. This gives it a characteristic texture that is flaky and slightl ....
Stuffed Bajre ke Parathe
Recipe# 4777
08 Mar 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Lay a mat on a grassy patch, soak in the fresh air, and feast on this nutritious paratha made from fresh local produce. The goodness of millet and whole wheat combined with a spicy, stuffed bean filling leaves you asking for more. Serve hot with pickle and thick curd.
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