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Ladi Pav

Homemade Ladi Pavs are just unparalleled. Step by step pictures given here will help you make these buns with ease in your kitchen.

Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Baked
Keyword Buns, Dinner Rolls, Ladi Pav, Pav Bhaji
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Proofing Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Samira

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups (375 g)All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoon Milk Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Instant Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, Softened plus 1 tsp for Brushing
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Water lukewarm
  • 1/2 Cup Milk, at room temperature plus 1 tsp for Milk Wash

Instructions

  1. First of all, we will activate the yeast. For this, take sugar and yeast in a cup and put lukewarm water in it. Cover it and leave for 10 minutes till it gets bubbly and frothy. Water should be lukewarm wherein you can put your fingers comfortably. Too hot water will kill the yeast and if not sufficiently warm then the yeast will not activate. If the water doesn't get frothy even after half an hour then discard it and start afresh.

  2. Take all purpose flour, milk powder and salt in a bowl and mix everything.
  3. Put yeast water and milk in it and start kneading. It will be very sticky. Add butter and just keep on pressing the dough with the back of your hand (knuckles) and after about 7 to 8 minutes it will stop sticking.
  4. Put the dough on your kitchen counter and knead for another 4 to 5 minutes. Stretch the dough using the heel of your hands, fold it, then again stretch. Soon the dough will be smooth and shiny.
  5. Grease the bowl liberally, put the dough in it, Flip it so that both the sides of the dough are properly greased. Cover it with a plate or lid and let it rise for an hour or so till doubles in volume. Time is just a rough guide and will depend on the weather. If too cold then it may take even longer. So, instead of time, watch your dough.

  6. Once the dough is double, do the ripe test. Insert two fingers in the dough to see that the indentations remain and rebound slowly. Punch it to release the gases. Knead it lightly for few seconds.

  7. Grease a baking pan. Grease the bottom as well the sides of the pan.
  8. Roll it into a log and cut roundels using a pizza cutter. You may even measure these so as to keep equal sized. With this much flour, you will get 9 buns.

  9. Roll it into a ball either keeping in between your palms or on the kitchen counter. Fold from all the sides as you do while making stuffed chapati and then press it. Invert it and keep it in the baking pan.
  10. Cover it with a cloth and leave for second proofing till buns double in size. It normally takes 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. After about 20 minutes (or more if it is cool weather), start preheating oven at 180 degrees.
  12. Milk wash the buns, that is, brush milk over the buns. This is done so that they don't dry out while baking.
  13. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till the top gets golden brown.
  14. Take out the baking tray, leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Brush the top with butter for the glossy look.

  15. Run a knife around the edges and invert the complete slab of buns on a wire rack.

  16. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it cool down completely.
  17. Once completely cool, keep it in a zip pouch or airtight container.
  18. Remains good at room temperature for a day or two. Or keep in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.
  19. Serve with Bhaji or make Vada Pav or Misel Pav.
  20. Step by step pictures given in this post will help you in getting a clear understanding as to how to make these buns.

Recipe Notes

1. Kneading is the key to have soft buns. The dough will be extremely sticky in the beginning but with continuous kneading for 8 to 10 minutes, it will be manageable.

2. Always take a deep baking pan so that the Pav can rise fully and beautifully.

3. Milk powder is optional and can be avoided if you do not want to use it. Replace it in equal quantity with all-purpose flour.

4. These can be baked in microwave convection or Otg or in Airfryer.

Baking In Microwave Convection

Just preheat the Microwave Convection at 200 degrees C for 15 minutes and bake your buns for 2o to 25 minutes and they will be perfect with golden brown colour.

Baking In Airfryer

Preheat airfryer at 180 degrees C. Take out the airfryer basket and keep the buns in it for proofing. Once the airfryer is preheated, keep the basket back and bake your pav buns. They will be ready in just 10 to 12 minutes.

Baking In Otg

Preheat your Otg at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes with both the rods on. Now, keep the baking tray in the middle rack and bake using only the bottom rod for the first 15 to 17 minutes. Thereafter, continue baking for another 10 minutes but use both the rods so that the top gets golden brown. It may sound little confusing but is really helpful. If you do not use the top rod then the top will remain white only. If you start baking with the top rod on then the buns may get cracks due to direct heat. So, initial 15 minutes bake only with the bottom rod and thereafter use both the rods.