Cast Iron Dosa Tawa Vs Nonstick Tawa: Best Dosa Tawa in India

Cast Iron Dosa Tawa Vs Nonstick Tawa: Best Dosa Tawa in India
Discover the detailed differences between different dosa tawas

A favourite of many, dosa is the undisputed king of breakfast, especially in India. It’s healthy, loved by all age groups and totally tasty. No wonder, everyone wants to prepare this delicious South Indian dish at home. But making dosa at home is not that easy, especially if you don't have the right dosa tawa. You might think that you can prepare dosa in any tawa, but a dosa tawa is different from the regular tawa, in terms of shape and design. In fact, there's a significant difference in dosa tawa’s material too. There’s an ongoing debate about which material is better- cast iron dosa tawa and non-stick dosa tawa. Today, we are throwing light on this to help you buy a dosa tawa that will churn out delicious, crispy dosas.




Cast Iron Dosa Tawa Vs Non-Stick Dosa Tawa


​​First thing first, a dosa tawa has to be FLAT so that every bit of it can cook equally. The second thing is, which is better-cast iron or non-stick tawa? To understand this better, we bring to you the major differences between a cast iron dosa tawa and a non-stick dosa tawa and also have a complimentary buying guide. 



1. Cast Iron Dosa Tawa :


A cast iron tawa has been a proud part of our cooking legacy. It helped our ancestors to prepare crispy dosas and all kinds of flatbreads and, after a slight interlude, it is back again to help us in our cooking chores. Today, it is loved by home cooks as well as chefs all around the globe!


Advantages Disadvantages
  1. A cast iron tawa can endure high temperatures; perfect to cook many dosas without worrying about warping.
  2. It is chemical-free and adds a rustic flavour to food; just what a dosa needs.
  3. No coating, no worries, season it and season it frequently, and you can make its rough surface sleek and smooth, just like a non-stick tawa.
  4. Rust is just a temporary hassle, a quick (but thorough cleaning) will make it as good as new.
  1. It is usually heavy and the handles get hot.
  2. It needs a little extra care for its optimum utility and to avoid rusting.


Meyer Cast Iron Roti Tawa



Meyer Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Roti/Chapati Tawa 26cm, Black


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Meyer Cast Iron Dosa Tawa



Meyer Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Flat Dosa Tawa, 28 cm, Black


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Cast Iron Square Tawa



Meyer Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Square Tawa, 28cm


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2. Non-Stick Tawa :


Glossy and gorgeous, non-stick cookware have caught the fancy of many cooks. Their ease of use and low maintenance are their biggest advantages. In addition, they come in various hues that instantly add a new glow to your kitchen interior.


Advantages Disadvantages
  1. You can prepare dosas without using much oil.

  2. The sleek non-stick coating of the tawa prevents dosa from sticking to the tawa’s surface.

  3. It is light weight when compared to a cast iron tawa, therefore, easy to manoeuvre.

  4. It is easy to clean as it doesn’t absorb oil like a cast iron tawa.

  1. You should not expose a non-stick tawa to high-temperature as this might damage the coating.

  2. You should avoid using metal spatulas.

  3. You should replace it if you see the coating peeling off.



Circulon Non Stick Tawa






Circulon Non-Stick + Hard Anodized Aluminium Flat Dosa Tawa, 24 cm


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Circulon Non-Stick + Hard Anodized Aluminium Flat Dosa Tawa, 28 cm






Circulon Non-Stick + Hard Anodized Aluminium Flat Dosa Tawa, 28 cm


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Circulon Non-Stick Hard Anodized Flat Tawa, 32 cm







Circulon Non-Stick Hard Anodized Flat Tawa, 32 cm


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Here’s a brief summary of the difference between a cast iron dosa tawa and a non-stick dosa tawa:


Indicators Cast Iron Tawa Non Stick Tawa
Stick Resistance Good Great
Heating High heat tolerance but has to be monitored well for even heating.
Also the body and the handle tend to get hot after a certain amount of time.
High temperatures should be avoided but has a uniform heating capacity.
The handles generally are covered with silicone and remain cool even after prolonged cooking.
Heat Retention Exceptional Subject to the quality of the cookware
Safety 100% safe with no toxins Subject to the quality of the coating
Overheating Doesn’t create any problem Should be avoided
Durability If used well, can last forever Generally, do not have a very long lifespan
Maintenance Need to season frequently Minimal care




Conclusion :


Actually, the best dosa tawa is determined by how you use your cookware. While a nonstick dosa tawas works well for those who need maintenance-free, easy to use cookware, and cast iron tawa is an apt choice for those who are particular about “toxins” and notice even the nuances difference in the texture and flavour of their food.


We have some great dosa tawas in both materials. Check them out and select the one that suits your needs the best:



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