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Soft eggless dinner rolls (buns)

  • Author: Sheenam
  • Yield: 9 rolls 1x


Soft, delicious, fluffy homemade dinner rolls (pav buns) or ladi pav bread that is so easy to make from scratch at home in simple steps.


  • 2 cups + additional 1/4 cup all purpose flour (maida) - see note 1
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup room temperature milk or lukewarm (microwaved for 10-15 seconds)
  • 1/4 cup room temperature water
  • 2 tsp sugar (divided: 1 tsp + 1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 tbsp soft room temperature butter (divided: 1 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp + 1 tbsp)


  1. In a small bowl (katori) add water and microwave for 10 seconds and add sugar and active dry yeast. Mix quickly for just 1-2 seconds with a small spoon and let this bowl sit in a warm place (back to the microwave that is switched OFF) for 15 minutes and let the yeast get activated.
  2. In the meanwhile, in a large bowl, add 1 1/2 cup of flour, salt, 1 tbsp of soft butter, remaining sugar and warm milk.
  3. Add the activated yeast mixture to the flour mix. Mix with the help of a wooden spoon until a pasty mixture is formed.
  4. Add the remaining flour gradually until everything comes together. (See Note 1)
  5. Knead the dough very well for at least 6-8 minutes. Add 1/2 tbsp of butter if there is difficulty and knead further until a soft dough is formed.
  6. Brush a little bit of butter (1/2 tbsp) on the bottom of a clean mixing bowl and transfer the soft dough in it. Apply some melted butter (1/2 tbsp) on top of the dough.
  7. Cover with cling wrap and keep it in a warm place for 1 hour until the dough has doubled (we let the dough rise in switched off microwave)
  8. After 1 hour the dough would have risen.
  9. Punch the dough down to knock out the air.
  10. Divide the dough into 9 equal smooth balls.
  11. Place them in a square dish brushed with some butter (1/2 tbsp).
  12. Cover the dish with a clean kitchen (tea) towel and transfer to a warm dark place (preferably microwave) and let rise for another 1 1/2 hour.
  13. Brush the dinner rolls carefully with melted butter (1/2 tbsp) and transfer to pre-heated oven and bake at 170 degrees for 27-32 minutes until the top is brown and crusty.
  14. Immediately after taking them out, brush with remaining 1 tbsp of butter (generously) so that the bread gets soft.
  15. Wait for at least 10 minutes before separating the buns/ serving them.


Note 1: You would need somewhere between 2 to 2 1/4 cup of flour for this recipe. Start with 1 1/2 cups and keep adding more flour gradually (2 tbsp at a time) until a soft dough is formed. We used a total of 2 1/4 cup of flour for this recipe.

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