How to make Pav Buns | Homemade Pav

>>  Thursday, June 12, 2014

For the final day of second week of BM#41, with Picnic Food, I thought packing freshly baked pav or buns will be amazing! I simply love those buns, right off the oven and I will be literally jumping around, trying to eat it right away. Though I have been baking cakes for a long time, breads have not been that frequent in my kitchen. However the garlic bread or garlic pull apart buns, have been a great hit with the kids and have been asking me to bake those frequently. 

Whenever I make Pav Bhaji, I always wanted to make the pav as well. Time was never on my side each time I plan it. However I had bake Goan Pav for April BM and it was very much enjoyed and more healthier as well. This time I wanted to make a pav as it is sold in bakeries and for that I couldn't obviously substitute with wheat flour. While baking I had realised that my oven was having temperature problem and I was praying it shouldn't give up on me. The entire batch got done properly, though it took more time than expected. 

The recipe is adapted from here and here, though I ended up adding less sugar and more so as I was planning to serve with bhajji. However I thought Kids would also love butter jam to be packed for a picnic and so it ended up being that I had to do with Butter and Jam, a treat no one can say no to. 

This Picnic theme is again, one of my favourite topic and I have always been on the lookout of dishes that are mess free and easy to pack in a box. These also do a double role of being travel food and one can end up with endless choice!

I hope you enjoyed picnicking with me!

How to make Pav Buns

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose flour / Maida - 4 cups
Butter - 2 -3 tbsp
Yeast - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tps
Milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Water- as required
Salt 1 tsp

For Roux:

Flour - 3 tbsp
Water - 1 cup

How to make Pav Buns

For Proofing the Yeast

Take the yeast in a bowl along with sugar and 1/2 cup of warm water. Cover and let it proof well.

For Roux:

Make a smooth paste of the flour with water. Heat a non stick pan, cook the paste till it blends and becomes a smooth paste, make sure it has no lumps. This takes about 5 -7 mins.

For the Dough

Once the Roux is cooled down, transfer to a wide bowl, add the flour, soft butter, proofed yeast, salt, sugar and milk. Knead until smooth and elastic.

Finally add oil and knead well. slowly add water if required.

Wrap the flour and allow it to rise until it gets doubled.

Once it raises up, punch down the dough and divide it into ten equal parts. Make it into a small rounded balls.

Grease the baking tin and arrange the balls. Let it sit for another 30 mins or till it raises again.

Pre heat your oven at 185 C

Apply a coating of milk and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes at 185 C.

Once baked, remove brush with butter and bake again for 5 mins.

Let it cool for few minutes before serving.


Don't add too much flour to get the pliable dough. The amount mentioned should be enough.

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Padmajha PJ June 12, 2014 at 8:27 AM  

Love the smell of freshly baked breads and this one with butter and jam is sure a hit with kids! Will watch out for this theme the next time :)

The Pumpkin Farm June 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM  

they have risen very well..its been a while since i tried making these at home, i am now inspired

vaishali sabnani June 12, 2014 at 9:13 AM  

Wow Valli the buns have turned out so good..they look soft and light. Wish I gave up my baking phobia and bake more often.

Priya Suresh June 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM  

I cant resist to the freshly baked pav buns, they are my first trial when i started baking breads..They looks fabulous.

Varadas Kitchen June 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM  

Love the smell, texture and taste of freshly baked bread. Most breads taste great without the additional sugar. The pav looks soft and delicious.

Nivedhanams Sowmya June 12, 2014 at 8:29 PM  

oh the flavor and aroma of freshly baked bread - so divine!!

Sapana Behl June 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM  

Home made freshly baked goodies are always a hit..Those looks wonderful !

Kalyani June 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM  

Freshly baked Pav - need to try this out soon

Simi J June 14, 2014 at 5:17 AM  

I can seriously smell the aroma of freshly baked buns…yumminess

Nisha Sundar June 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM  

I just made these this week though with wheat flour. Yours have turned out so good. Lovely Valli.

Pavani N June 17, 2014 at 8:15 AM  

Yummy, yummy looking pav bun.

Chef Mireille June 17, 2014 at 8:38 AM  

made this some months back when I made Pav Bhaji - glad you are now making more yeast breads so much better than the store bought ones

Harini-Jaya R June 20, 2014 at 6:14 AM  

Wow! Its been a while since I made anything with yeast and this tempts me to no end!

Usha June 20, 2014 at 8:02 AM  

I always wanted to bake pav at home but never got around to bake. Pav turned out good and loved all your picnic food.

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