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Friday, March 14, 2008

Tawa Taka Tak

This is another spicy dish that makes your mouth water. Tawa is large, flat, dish- shaped skillet. They are made from aluminum, cast iron, non-stick, or steel. Tawa is very famous for making rotis, parathas, pav-bhaji, chat, several rice dishes, dosas, subzis etc.

There are many tawa recipes out there. Usually, tawa subzis are stuffed and cooked on tawa, but there are many other ways to cook with tawa. In this recipe, I tried to give tawa masala flavor without using store-bought tawa masala. The mixture of spices with yogurt helps sticking masalas on vegetables. This dish can be made with any vegetables, meat, or fish. One more reason to make subzi on tawa is to give smoky taste to ingredients, usually done on barbeque grill. For the finishing touch, use butter on extra-hot tawa for the wonderful smoky smell and that sizzling sound.


  • 2 Big Potato, boiled and cut into medium pieces
  • 5-6 Cauliflower Florets, cooked
  • 1 Onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6-8 Paneer, cubes
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1 Thai Chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp Dhania-Jeera powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Ajwain
  • 1 tsp Ground Pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Pav-Bhaji masala, plus extra for sprinkle
  • 5 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Yogurt
  • 5 tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • 5 tbsp Water
  • Pinch of Kasuri Methi
  • Pinch of Hing
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish

1. Heat tawa on medium heat for 10 minutes.

2. Pour 4 tbsp oil on hot tawa with cumin seeds and ajwain. Turn down the heat on low.

3. Immediately add onion with little salt, mix well. Cook until onions are little soft.

4. Add red bell pepper with garlic and ginger, sauté for 5 minutes.

5. Now add potato, cauliflower, and paneer. Mix well with onion and bell pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.

6. In bowl mix yogurt, tomato sauce, turmeric, dhania-jeera powder, red chili powder, ground pomegranate seeds, pav-bhaji masala, kasuri methi, hing, remaining oil and salt with water. Mix them well.

7. Pour yogurts mix on vegetables. Coat all vegetable evenly. Cook for another 5-6 minutes.

8. Now put the heat on high and make the tawa extra hot. Splash butter at the edge of tawa and add pav bhaji masaala and chopped Thai chili once butter starts to smoke. Immediately mix this butter with subzi.

9. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.


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Cham said...

U do have some different recipes , The curry with yoghurt should taste great and spicy

Divya Vikram said...

you have a nice blog with great indian recipes..everything is mouthwatering..

Rupa said...

Madhavi,First time on your blog..Its lovely and I liked your recipes..will be trying out some this week..Thanks for sharing

Home said...

Wow....this looks absolutely delicious!!!! First time on your blog....u've got some great recipes.

Dhivya said...

lookd delicious:)

It's all about passion for cooking said...

Thank you cham,divya vikram, rupa, home, dhivya, i m glad u gals liked it :))

Mansi Desai said...

This recipe is from tarla Dalal's site, right Madhavi!! I saw it on her site and I've been dying to try it since then!! now you've inspired me girl:)

Madhavi said...

Hi Mansi...You r talking abt tarla dalal's vegetable taka tak right ? I never tried veg taka tak recipe before, my recipe is different by ingredients and method frm tarladala's veg taka tak only thing common is the "Taka Tak" part. I'll try veg taka tak soon :))

Namratha said...

The curry looks mouth watering Madhavi, love the drooling!

Added you to my reader just now...hence the sudden rain of comments from me.. :D

Roopa said...

that looks yummy :)

Pearlsofeast said...

Madhivi. The recipe looks so amazing and appeatising.I have bookmarked.

Thanks for visting.

Madhavi said...

thanxx namratha :)

thanxx roopa :)

thanxx perlsofeast :)) i m glad u gals liked it. thanxx for visiting!!

Anshie said...

Wow.. this is mouthwatering!!

Madhavi said...

Thanxx Anshie, i m blad u liked it :))

Seena said...

Am impressed by the first recipe I saw here!
Which cuisine is yours, I will add you in my blog according to that..
Hope to see you again.. :)

Madhavi said...

Thanxx seena, i am glad u liked it :))

I don't specialize in anu cuisine if thats what you asked. I like to mix and match. But I love indian and italian the most..

Thank you very much for adding the blog to you list in advance, i really appreciate it.

I love your blog too...will surely be a regular....

Namratha said...

Madhavi, I made this for dinner tonight, simply AWESOME! The flavours came together beautifully, this one is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing! :)

Madhavi said...

Thank you namratha, i am glad u liked it :)))

anu said...

Hi Madhavi,
great work , first time on ur blog and tried TTT for dinner and it went very well, and it was so yummy yummy , and i'l just say keep inspiring us by posting fingerlicking recipes ..........

Madhavi said...

Hey annu, thanxxx. I am glad u liked it. M happy :)))

scorpion said...

The Tawa Tak .. truly stands for its name... Its amazing and my husband loved it... Thanks