how to clean & maintain cast iron / skillet pan | 5 ways to handle dosa tawa

how to clean & maintain cast iron tawa / skillet pan | 5 ways to handle dosa tawa with photos. cast iron tawa is one of the most famous and oldest tawa used by many people. they are made up of melted iron and very thick and heavy when compared to non stick tawa. i have mentioned 5 major tips in this article. however there are many more.
5 ways to handle dosa tawahow to clean & maintain cast iron tawa / skillet pan | 5 ways to handle dosa tawa with step by step photos. cast iron tawa provides iron to our food and red blood cell and reduces the chance of anemia. cast iron tawa is called ‘kabbinada tawa patra’ in kannada, ‘kaccha loha tawa’  in hindi, ‘lokhanda tavyavara takuna’ in mrathi, ‘loha tawa padela’ in gujarati, ‘inumu tava natincaru’ in telugu, ‘irumbu dosai kal’ in tamil and ‘irump tava ittu’ in malayalam.

always use thick cast iron griddle, for preparing dosa. they are poor conductor of heat and has a good heat retention property. additionally, they develop a non stick coating when treated properly. furthemore, they heat to a high temperature and cool suddenly. in addition, there are many advantages of cast iron tawa. cast iron tawa are easy to use, durable and last forever when treated properly. it is used in stove, oven, grill or on a fire with very less oil. skillet pan are chemical free and food is cooked evenly. also they contain iron, and are healthy. finally, cast iron griddle /  tawa are less expensive and can be afforded by common people.

how to clean & maintain cast iron

furthermore, cast iron tawa has few disadvantages. tawa turns to be too hot and difficult to handle the heat. cast iron tawa gets rusted when not used frequently. cast iron tawa is heavy, however when dropped, they break. a new cast iron tawa is always difficult to maintain however, as the tawa gets older, they get better.

finally, i would like to conclude with one of the most important benefit of cast iron tawa. cast iron tawa is most common tawa in every indian kitchen especially in south. they are best for making crispy non sticky dosa and rotti. they give very unique taste and odour to the dosa made in skillet pan.

top recipes using cast iron tawa:

tips to clean & maintain cast iron / skillet pan:

  1. firstly, rub the tawa with gingelly oil and soak in washed rice water for a week.
    how to clean & maintain cast iron / skillet pan
  2. to make golden brown and prevent dosa from sticking. rub the tawa with half onion before spreading dosas.
    how to clean & maintain cast iron / skillet pan
  3. additionally, heat the tawa, sprinkle salt, switch off the flame, wipe with cloth and grease oil after it cools.
    5 ways to handle dosa tawa
  4. additionally, clean the tawa with hot water and rub with oil. keep in oven for one hour upside down.
    5 ways to handle dosa tawa
  5. furthermore, to remove rust – rub tamarind or citric acid, leave for an hour and wash it with warm water.
    5 ways to handle dosa tawa

notes :

  • firstly, do not make chapathi in dosa tawa. keep a separate tawa for dosa.
  • secondly, wipe off with head of brinjal / bottle gourd or onion to prevent dosa from sticking.
  • also, avoid using hard soaps, detergents and steel scrubber.
  • always rinse with warm water or wipe with wet tissue after each use.
  • also, use liquid soap and sponge if the tawa is too oily and also wipe with a dry cloth.
  • furthermore, never wash cast iron tawa when it is too hot.
  • make sure to wipe off clean when tawa is not in use. as water may lead to rust.
  • additionally, never put cold liquids on cast iron tawa as they may lead to crack.
  • also, dry the tawa, apply oil and keep aside after each use. else tawa might get rust.
  • also, to treat tawa, apply malabar palak (basalesoppu / mayalu / valchi bhaji / pui shaak) paste for a week.
  • finally, avoid acidic foods like lemon & cucumber for cooking in cast iron tawa as they may damage seasoning.


  1. I just bought a new cast iron tawa. How do I make the rice water? should I have cooked rice in it? also do I need to change the water everyday? please advise.

  2. hi . I am looking for those tawa in udupi . can u please tell me the shop where i can look for it in udupi ? thanks in advance .

  3. For the new tava apply haldi powder and coconut oil spread well keep in the hot sun for 4 to 5 days. Wash it with mild soap solution. That’s all I did and it works very well.

  4. I had a iron tawa very well seasoned but when nonstick pan came I did the most stupid thing of throwing it away. I really regret it.

  5. I am vegetarian and your website and recipes are great and videos are excellent. Thanks for these dosa tawa cleaning tips,


  6. When I first bought the tawa I didn’t follow anything to season it.. Noticed that dosas were not coming soft and was very dry at the brown layer and was tasteless.. My family started hating home made dosas since then.. So kept the tawa and didn’t use it for more than 5 years … Have few questions now
    a. Do I have to follow the first tip (Soaking in rice water for a week) now?
    b. Any idea/tip to get softer dosas (I follow 4 cups of dosa rice + 1 cup of round urad dhal + 1 cup of poha) –> Grind it altogether in grinder.

  7. Hi hebbar.. i have an unused iron wok in my house. Its little rusted.. can i use the same procedure to maintain and use it

  8. Hi I wish to know about your 1st we soak the tawa in rice water for a week for the first use or all the time?

  9. Loved the idea. M trying to find such thick dosa tawa. Can you please tell from where you bought or where ibcan get it. In market generally 0.5cm is the max thickness availabe. Will be thankfull if i get a reply feom you

  10. Hi Hebbar,

    Very nice and detailed write up. Found it very helpful . I have a small correction , in malayalam it is ‘irumbu dosha kallu’

  11. Hi.. My iron cast tawa remained unused for a month or so.. when I was out of station.. Nw the problem is dosa is not coming out properly.. It is getting sticked to tawa.. Before it was too good that I never found it difficult to prepare dosa on that.. Could u plz suggest how can I treat my tawa and make it like just before??!!

  12. Hi,
    The tips are really helpful.
    I have a induction base in my new house.Can we use cast iron tawa for making dosas on induction base?
    Will the tawa get heated properly and will we get good dosas?
    Kindly respond

  13. Hi,
    Can we use this cast iron tawa on induction base?Will it get heated properly for making dosas?

  14. Good advice Shreeprada. Keep posting such advices. Reminds me of my mother keeping her Tawa as a precious gift from her MIL and taking extra care of it all the time. She used to swipe the tawa using onion before making Dhoses to all of us.

  15. Please make a quick video for this if possible. Your video content is precise and easy to follow. Thanks.

  16. Thanks for the wonderful tips. Am a great fan of ur recipes and the awesome way you present it. Please keep them coming 🙂

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