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Making roti on a tava

A tava, also thava, tawa, tawah, is a shallow frying pan used widely in South Asian cooking. It has no sides, and is sometimes slightly concave, much like a wok that is nearly flat. It is usually quite sturdy, often cast iron, as it must retain and spread the heat evenly.

It is very commonly used to make the many types of flatbread popular through South Asia, especially chapati or roti, as well as several other fried foods.