On this site we normally look at sets of cookware, but today we are going to have a look at something a little different. The tawa is a popular piece of cookware for anyone who likes to make flatbreads or pancakes, although they are quite hard to find in the USA. One such maker of these kinds of products is Prestige, and today we are going to have a closer look at the Prestige Omega Deluxe Tawa. This can be bought as part of the Prestige non stick cookware set or individually, and below we will take a look at the solo package. Keep reading to find out more.
Prestige as a company has been making cookware for over 75 years now, so they have a decent reputation when it comes to cooking products. The tawa we are looking at today is the smaller 25cm variety, although you will find that they also manufacture bigger 28cm and 30cm models if you need more cooking area. The base of the tawa is a maroon color, which isn’t something we have seen too often which does make it stand out a bit. The handle of the pan is stainless steel, which is covered in a kind of black plastic. This helps to keep the handle cool, so there won’t be any need for over gloves when the tawa is in use!
The base of the unit is quite thick and features an induction compatible base. This is a great feature, and definitely gives it an advantage over competing products. The base is 3mm thick which may seem a little thin, but this is a fairly ordinary specification for this kind of pan. It has a nonstick coating, which has been applied in three different coats. Like most nonstick cookware however, Prestige recommend that you do not use any kind of metal instruments in order to maintain the quality of the nonstick finish. A nice little extra is the inclusion of a glass lid. This has a comfy fit over the top of the tawa, and helps you to keep an eye on your food.
So how well did it actually work? To test it out we decided to start out with some pancakes. We seasoned the non stick tawa with a bit of olive oil, then we poured in our batter to see how well it fared. Due to the thinness of the base it does heat up quite quickly, and our pancakes were a good success. We should note that although pancakes should be cooked on a medium/high heat we only used a medium heat, since higher heats are not recommended when using nonstick cookware. The nonstick coating provides a very slippery base, and there is no need for a spatula here as you can simply flip the pancakes in the pan (assuming you know what you are doing!). There was no sign of any sticking, and our pancakes cooked and tasted great. Unlike some cheaper tawas, the Prestiges plastic handle ensures that you can’t burn yourself when handing it.
Sticking with the pancakes theme, we decided to try some crepes. After wiping some of the pancake residue away, we readied our mixture and poured it in. Even after wiping the tawa clean, it was still very slick and provided a good sleek base. The crepes didn’t take long to cook at all, and again we were quite pleased with how they came out. Combining them with our peanut butter and banana mix provided a very tasty treat!
The next day we went on to cook some naan bread. After preparing our yeasty mixture, we broke off some decent sized chunks and left them to cook for a minute or two. Like our previous cooking attempts, the results were good, and we were soon
left with some steaming hot naan bread in no time. It slide right out of the pan when were done, and each subsequent piece we cooked had no effect on the fluidity of the cooking surface.
After we were done a bit of warm water and a sponge was all that was needed to get our Prestige non stick tawa back to a new looking condition.
So that is the Prestige non stick pan in a nutshell. It has a retail price of around $35, which makes it very well priced for a induction friendly piece of cookware. Whether you buy it as part of the Prestige non stick cookware set or individually, is seems to be a good option. The nonstick surface performs very well, and the 3 layer coating means it should last a few years if you are cautious with your cooking and avoid using any metal utensils. Cleaning the pan was very easy, although there is no mention of whether it is dishwasher friendly or not. With a one year warranty, this is a good value non stick tawa.
- 3 layer nonstick coating
- Plastic handle
- Induction friendly
- Comes with lid
- Easy to clean
- May be a little small for bigger cooking tasks
The Prestige Omega Deluxe Tawa is a well priced and affordable. The nonstick coating works well, and it is simple to clean. If you want a simple induction friendly tawa, then this is a decent choice. You can find more info on this product and check the current price on the Amazon product page.