Homemade Ladi Pavs are just unparalleled. Step by step pictures given here will help you make these buns with ease in your kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take out the baking tray, leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Brush the top with butter for the glossy look.
Run a knife around the edges and invert the complete slab of buns on a wire rack.
Step by step pictures given in this post will help you in getting a clear understanding as to how to make these buns.
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.
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.
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.
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.