Pav Bread (White Dinner Rolls)

Posted: June 22, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking, Bread, Indian Food, Street Food
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It took me two attempts to get a beautiful, soft and perfect buns. I had the recipe in memory second time, which is in way great that I didn’t have to look for or write down the ingredients. At my first attempt, I think the dough didn’t rise properly, may be the milk must have got a bit hot and have killed the yeast. This is a very common mistake you can make while working with yeast.

But after working with yeast for couple of times I have figured it out that you just need the temperature of fluid to be about 100 or 110 degrees. So, what I do is just microwave the milk or liquid for 45-47 seconds at max. Since, I  am getting comfortable with yeast, I love working with it. There is something really different and wonderful to see when the yeast shows its magic. I really get excited and happy when I see my dough getting doubled. Anyways, coming back to the dish.

Pav is nothing but white dinner rolls. In Mumbai the most favorite and famous food around the city is associated with Pav. And they are Pav Bhaji and Pav Vada (known more specifically as Vada Pav) . But this time when I made this, it was so soft, perfect and fresh that we had it with butter and some mixed fruit jam…mmmm..simply YUM!

Pav Bread

Pav Bread


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup plus 1/4 tablespoon warm milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water
PAv Bread

Pav Bread


  • Mix sugar and yeast in luke warm water and let it sit for 5-7 minutes, until it begins to bubble.
  • In another bowl, mix together the salt and all-purpose flour.
  • In a small pan, combine milk and butter, and microwave the same for 45 seconds or until milk is lukewarm.
  • Remove 2 tablespoon of milk mixture and keep it aside.
  • Add the yeast mixture to milk and mix everything together.
  • Pour into bowl of dry ingredients, using a mixer with dough hook, or by hand, knead dough until smooth but not sticky..
  •  Coat a big bowl with the tablespoon of oil, drop in the dough, and coat with oil all over. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
  • Punch air out of dough. Divide the dough into 10-11 equal sized round balls.
  • Place on baking sheet almost touching, about 1/4 inch apart.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, heat oven to 425 degrees.  When rolls have risen, brush them with reserved butter and milk liquid.
  • Bake rolls until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and cool to serve.
Pav Bread

Pav Bread

  1. Seema says:

    Hi Suman,

    I made these some time back but did not happen to post immediately. Anyway, thanks so much for being an inspiration to bake bread. You persistence in baking bread is commendable. I have posted this in my space. Please do check if time permits.


  2. Seema says:

    Hey Suman,

    I just made these pavs and I absolutely am glad I chose your recipe. The outcome has literally bowled me over. Can’t believe I made them. Thanks so much for sharing…. Will post it soon on my blog.


  3. I’m loving all your baked goodies. And yes nothing compares to home-baked labors of love.

    Forget vada, I could have these gorgeous buns with a generous helping of butter and jam straight out of the oven. ahhh!

  4. Vatsala says:

    This is perfectly done bread.
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  5. pushpa says:

    Soft and moist pavs superb.

  6. Nithu says:

    Bread looks wonderful. I love it.

    I would like to invite you to our “Quick and easy recipe mela” and enter your recipe. We would be glad to see your participation. Thanks.

  7. gosh you have made them just right on spot so soft!!

  8. Chaitanya says:

    very tasty …. and perfectly baked …love them …

  9. Beena Korde says:

    The PAV turned out pretty nice… the taste is perfect…. everybody enjoyed it a lot!

  10. Looks so perfect ….beautifully baked!

  11. Wow, those pav buns looks so perfect…they have come out so soft too…you must have lot of patience kneading such soft buns….love it dear 🙂

  12. Urmi says:

    Bread looks soft, spongy, yummy and perfect. Very well presented.

  13. rebecca says:

    these look perfect one of my sis in laws favorite Indian snacks

  14. Beena Korde says:

    I’m trying out the PAV… just now… so that it will be ready for dinner with KHEEMA…. (lamb mince-Mumbai style)… .
    Again.. .feedback once they are baked and ready…

  15. Gopika says:

    Woww. they look so soft and yummy 😀

  16. Looks perfect and wonderful!

  17. Suja says:

    Wow this looks beautiful dear,perfectly baked

  18. arthi says:

    wow..looks so soft and perfect..thanks for sharing..

  19. lovely bake suman- delicious looking pavs

  20. Joanne says:

    These buns are sheer perfection!

  21. srivandya says:

    These rolls are gorgecious. I can imagine your kitchen smelling of freshly baked rolls. Yummmm.

  22. Deepa says:

    I have shared few awards with you. Kindly accept them from my blog. Thank you 🙂

    Hamaree Rasoi

  23. Padhu says:

    Wow! you have made Pav at home.Looks great .

  24. Ambreen says:

    Wow, that looks amazing! Perfectly baked, soft & delicious!
    Thanks for visiting me & your nice words about my rice recipe. Would love to come back again 🙂

  25. biny anoop says:

    Hey Suman… it..being from mumbai..pav has a soft heart…i love it with almost anythg…there is kadak or hard ones as well….pav u have made looks perfect and great colour ……

  26. kankana says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I wanted to make these for a long time now. will try over the weekend

  27. tasteofbeirut says:

    Love these rolls and I am bookmarking the recipe!

  28. kothiyavunu says:

    Perfectly baked pav bread..It deserves a try .

  29. Home made dinner rolls / pav bun always surprises me. I too tried to make dinner rolls (using a pizza base recipe) and it became hard balls of dough…but we managed to swallow it 🙂 Yours look super fluffy and cute. I should try yours soon. Nice recipe …thanks for sharing.

  30. Sobha Shyam says:

    excellent pav..looks great..very soft n tasty..

  31. Vimitha says:

    perfectly baked dinner rolls… Looks so soft and spongy…

  32. Pam says:

    You can’t beat freshly baked rolls. YUM!

  33. Mary says:

    These really look and sound delicious. Everyone should have a recipe for delicious plain dinner rolls. Yours perfectly fits that bill. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  34. Perfect looking rolls…

  35. Raji says:

    The pavs are looking so soft and have got a smooth texture….going to try this soon.

  36. Dear Suman
    How are you? After Cinnamon roll now Pav, great indeed. I dont bake but enjoying and learning the small prints of baking . Will try your shrim Biriyani soon, once it starts raining.
    have a nice day

  37. Sosha says:

    They look perfect!

  38. Deepa says:

    these rolls rock !!! Looks so soft , fluffy and fresh to the core. Superb Suman

    Hamaree Rasoi

  39. Priya says:

    Prefectly baked and wonderful looking pav bread..need some bhaji to enjoy..

  40. Rosa May says:

    What splendid rolls! So smooth and tempting.



  41. jay says:

    looks absolutely perfect n yummmm…;P

    Tasty Appetite

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