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The Indian tava differs from the Western griddle plate (which is totally flat) inasmuch as the tava has a light curvature which is not as deep or as pronounced as the curvature of the Chinese wok. Tava cooking tends to be on the healthy side as the quantity of oil stored in the tava is restricted.
Furthermore, the masalas are always cooked in oil and not eaten raw and the masala usage is also restricted. Another point is that because of the high heat used, bacteria get killed in tava cooking and the cooking becomes hygienic.
Tava cooking originated as a method of quick cooking on the streets of Delhi and Lucknow where the ingredients were cut in advance and kept ready and the dishes were cooked in front of the customers.
Apart from cooking vegetables, the tava is also used for cooking rotis, parathas etc. A variety of regional breads like the Gujrati puda, the Rajasthani chila and the Sindhi koki are included among the recipes in this book. The recipes in this book include both traditional dishes like pav bhaji and dosa as also non-traditional dishes like sizzlers. You can use your imagination and make many other dishes on this very versatile cooking equipment.
Readers my note that most of the vegetable dishes can also be prepared in a shallow frying pans.
About the Author
TARLA DALAL is India's best-selling cookery author for over 2 decades. She has written a total of 46 titles, several of which have been translated in various languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali and even Dutch and Russian! The total sales of here cookbooks exceed 1.7 million copies.
Many of her books have been an almost permanent feature on top sellers list; Desi Khana, Low Calorie Healthy Cooking and Rotis and Subzis are among the best-sellers which have netted the maximum sale figures. According to India Today, India's leading news analysis magazine, Ms Dalal has sold the maximum number of books in any field as compared to any other Indian author and at a conservative estimate, her recipes have been tried and are trusted in over 20 million Indian homes.