Soapstone tawas can be used on a stovetop or grill, and can go directly to the table for a sophisticated presentation. The pieces can be used directly on a gas or electric range, however, it is recommended to use a heat diffuser on electric ranges. The heat diffuser (which can be used with gas stove as well) has the added benefit of distributing the heat slowly to prevent foods from burning. The tawas can also be used on induction cooktops with the use of an induction cookware interface disk.
To use a soapstone tawa, first it must be cured. Follow the instructions under the curing tab. After cured, place the tawa on a low flame (low heat) for 5 minutes to begin to use it. Take an onion and cut into two halves. Take one half and dip the cut part in oil. Use this to grease the tawa.
Switch to low medium flame, and your Tawa is ready to use.
To make dosa, take a ladleful of fermented dosa batter and pour it over tawa. Spread the batter in clockwise direction with the help of ladle to form a large disc just like we do to prepare pancake.
Pour a tsp oil all over dosa and close the Tawa with a lid and let it cook for 2 minutes.
Remove the lid and carefully remove dosa with a flat ladle and proceed with the remaining batter and repeat.
The tawa must not be submitted to drastic changes in temperature and should be allowed to adjust slowly to heat, letting them slowly heat up until they are hot, either on the stove or in the oven. Likewise, you should also allow the tawa to adjust to room temperature before washing or storing them, and never sit a hot tawa on a cold surface such as granite or tile.
The tawa retains heat for a long period of time, so be careful in handling a hot tawa.
For cleaning, avoid using the dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. After each use scrub the tawa lightly with a sponge or soft cloth. It is a good idea to reapply some oil before storing the tawa.
Do not use metal or abrasive pads as they may scratch the surface and avoid strongly scented soaps which can flavor the tawa. Use wooden utensils with the pieces as metal utensils can scratch and damage the inside.